Redwoods Rain forest
It’s an hour and a half train ride that cost. Over thirty dollars, we spend ten minutes at the top. And this is the deepest hunger. Yes, deep drain in North America. And they tell you about the redwoods here, the conductor right there. I can say to about a thousand times in volume. If you do decide to ride the steam train to roaring camp, I have two tips for you. The first one reserve on line.
They do sell out. When we were here, two of the trains sold out. So if you’re just showing up, well, you might not be able to ride a train for a while. My second tip for you is they have three types of cars closed in cars. Cars with little tent roofs and one that are open air. Try to get in the open air car because you’ll be able to see the canopy above the best. If for some reason you can’t get in the open air car, well, then try to sit in the corners of the car, the front or back, because you’ll be able to take pictures the best from that vantage point after your train ride.
If you’d like to get a little bit more up close and personal with the redwood trees, we’ll just on the other side of the tracks from the main station is the entrance to the Henry Cowell Redwoods Park. You can go hiking over there. You have to pay parking if you park over there. So pay here once. And when you’re done, just walk on over to the Redwoods Park. I’ll see you there.
200 year old redwood
So I mentioned the trees are big. There is the trunk of a hundred year old redwood. That is impressive. So this state park with the redwoods, it’s actually a rain forest, not a tropical rainforest, but a temperate rainforest here in Santa Cruz.
They get over a hundred inches of rain per year. That’s quite a bit. And each one of these trees, drinks like 500 gallons per day, drinks a lot of water from the root system, from the bark, and also from the actual branches and the leaves, from the fog. That is so prevalent here in the Monterey Bay. One of the best times to visit is right after it rained. It is a rain forest. And so you’ll find lots of the streams flowing and a lot of the rain forest activity.
But I’ll point out. It is cold here because it’s not really sunny. Well, it’s sunny right here, but it’s not sunny right here in most of this. You’ll want to bring some warm clothes because it’s 10 to 20 degrees colder in the rainforest than it is outside in the sunny parking lot. Oh, and it’s muddy, too. So bring some shoes that you don’t mind getting too yucky. Santacruz already feels like a world away from San Francisco or San Jose, but you come into the rainforest and it’s like a whole nother world away.