Monday, May 18, 2009

Armstrong Redwood State Park - Ella's Last Field Trip

On May 5th Ella’s first grade class took their last field trip of the year. It was a rainy, overcast day but that didn’t stop us from having tons of fun. Just add a little rain, some mud and lots of big big trees and then throw in a 100 or so kids – this was one crazy day!!!
Armstrong Redwoods preserves 805 acres of the stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. Hamming it up for the camera or is it for the girls - Hmmm.
Watching the tree eat our group of kids one by one!
Our little maidens in the mist - and mud!
The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 inches per year and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive.
Our group!
Is that the sun coming out?
The Oldest Tree - The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870's. A half-mile walk from the park entrance