Discovery of the very large: Giant’s Forest

August 8th, the day we discovered Giant’s Forest, started with a day outing where my sister and I went with our grandparents on a hike.  After the long and adventurous hike, we got in the car and headed across a back road to check out a Red Fir (Abies Magnifica) that Grandpa had discovered earlier in the summer.  We measured it out at 17′ 0″ around, or a 5.41 foot diameter.  As we wandered back home in disappointment, suddenly I spotted a tree.  “Stop the car!” I yelled, and we stopped about 40 feet from an enormous Sugar Pine (Pinus Lambertiana).  We measured it at 22′ 4″ around, or a 7.08′ diameter.  Then nearby, we saw a very large Incense-Cedar (Calocedrus Decurrens).  It was measured at 18′ 6″ around, or 5.88′ in diameter.  This cedar had a burnt cavity in the bottom big enough for my 4′ 7″ tall sister to stand in comfortably.  Then nearby that Cedar, we found a large Ponderosa Pine.  It was 17′ 10″ around, or a diameter of 5.66 feet.  Afterwards, we measured the distance to the highway so that we could find a way to get back.  Here are some pictures:

Grandpa next to the Sugar Pine.  Note that from the ground to the tip of his fingers in this photo is 8 feet.
Grandpa next to the Sugar Pine. Note that from the ground to the tip of his fingers in this photo is 8 feet.

 

Grandpa again. His arm span is 8 feet, and distance to the top of his head is 6′ 4″.
My sister and grandmother next to the big cedar. Jade is 4′ 7″, and Grandma is 4′ 11″.
Jade next to the cedar from a distance of 50'.
Jade next to the cedar from a distance of 50′.
Grandma and Jade next to the Ponderosa.
Grandma and Jade next to the Ponderosa.
More of Jade and Grandma next to the Ponderosa.
More of Jade and Grandma next to the Ponderosa.

Cheers,

Duncan

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