At the Humboldt State Park Visitor Center we were enthralled with this 1917 camper van, the world's first RV, carved out of a 22 foot section of a fallen redwood. The van, named Travel Log, was conceived of and built by, Charles Kellogg, a redwood preservation enthusiast and life member of the Save the Redwoods League.
Save the Redwoods League is still hard at work saving these majestic trees. Back in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods the redwoods covered much of the world's northern hemisphere. Fossils have been found in Alaska, Siberia and Greenland. Redwoods are among the oldest living things on earth, known to live over 2000 years, reaching 350' or more in height with 20 foot diameters at the base. Interestingly, they have shallow roots, only about 6 feet deep, but with 100 feet, or more, spread. The roots tangle and bond with one another making one very close knit family.
“ …. At the present rate of destruction there will not be a single stand of redwood in the whole state [of California] within 100 years.”
~ Charles Kellogg, 1910