Archive for September, 2010

A Really Big Tree …

Recently Beth, Ruairí, and Barry took an “end of summer” long weekend trip to visit Seattle and a few places on the Olympic Peninsula, including the Hoh Rain Forest.  Big old-growth Sikta Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Douglas Fir trees are are dime a dozen in that spectacular setting.  But even so, this 12½ foot diameter, 270 foot tall, 500-550 year old giant Spruce stands out as a “Monarch of the Forest” (as the sign nearby puts it):

On the way and back we drove through Forks, Washington.  Sorta the Washington version of Vernonia.  No, we didn’t spot any vampires (not even young, good-looking ones ;)).