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I love going to family reunions for several reasons. But the main one is I have eleven brothers and sisters, and I find a common bond, a thread that works through all of this that makes me feel at home. Well, that’s the Redwood Forest. Argh! All of these trees are so massive. You love standing in the middle of them. It sounds like they’re telling stories back-and-forth. It feels like a great union, and you want to be a part of it. It’s almost like they made it that way. The difference between Sequoia National Park and their redwoods is before your eyes. The foliage and the ecosystem of the redwood forest is second to none in preservation and its natural beauty. Somebody’s got to clean this place up. One of the things you need to know about the redwood forest is that you feel like any minute whoo, there goes and Ewok. Captain Luke Skywalker and Ewoks took down the dreaded Empire. This is where it was filmed, right here. And you can just feel it. I mean, you remember how they were floating above the ferns. And it happened right here. Well, tell everybody what it’s like to do a national park tour on the back of a motorcycle.
When you think of national parks, you think of the mountains. However, the song goes, “From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters.”
In 1820, explorer and trapper Jedediah Smith came through these parts and was truly amazed by what he saw. So he went home, and he told everybody about how awesome these trees were. The national parks are turning a hundred, but the things they protect, in some cases, are hundreds and even thousands of years old. To give you an idea of how old this tree is, we start here at 1377, pre-Columbus. Michelangelo. Pre-Plymouth Rock. The Revolution. The Civil War. And Ronald Reagan. There’s evidence that up to three thousand years ago, people lived right here in the redwoods. And they used these trees for canoes, pencils, houses. Pencils? I don’t know if they had pencils.
This is a wonderland for imagination. You bring your kids here, there’s so much to look at. So here we are at the base of this tree. And you can see, if you have a great imagination, a man’s face. There’s the nose. You can see the eyes. And then, you can see where his nose has run for hundreds of years.
Our families are like these redwoods. They’re not all the same. They’re different. Some are tall, big, short, whatever. We’re unique. As you stand in these groves of trees, you feel safe. And isn’t that what we want to feel when we’re with our families? And that’s Redwood National Park.