Shortly after, we found the forest of Giant Redwoods that are known as Cathedral Grove. This was a stunning place, mystical and atmospheric, full of ancient trees, the oldest of which were 800 years old, douglas firs, hemlock and redwood pines.
We walked a short trail through the forest of trees, the air misty and heavy with rain. The widest of the trees are 10-12 feet in diameter, and they rise up around 300 feet to the forest canopy. It really does feel like being in a cathedral, although the tree trunks have a reddish brown colour rather than the grey stone of a cathedral. But the same reverent silence hangs over the place, and you have a real sense of awe.
Without exception, everyone has their selfie taken in front of the largest tree; we certainly didn’t break the mold.