If you were planning on taking a road-trip to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park to see the “Pioneer Cabin Tree,” you just missed your chance. The Tunnel Tree was taken down by a rainstorm and a flood on January 7th, 2017.
This State Park has been a tourist attraction since 1852. Some of the trees in the park were measured to be over 1,200 years old. In the 1860s a private land owner hollowed out “The Tunnel Tree” so that tourists could pass through it. Before you freak out about someone cutting a giant hole through such a beautiful tree, it had a large forest fire scar in it already.
Don’t worry, the rest of the State Park is still there and you still have a chance to see some giant sequoias.
The lesson here? Don’t wait to take that trip. Take that time off. Quit the job you hate. You never know when something like this will happen and you’ll miss your chance to see something great.
For those of us who never made it to “The Tunnel Tree,” here are a few photographs that will make anyone extremely jealous.