Welcome to Issue 6 (Volume 2) of DH News: The Dizzying Heights!
I got my grades in at the end of the April (adios to that Covid-infused semester!), got my 2nd Pfizer shot, got my super-zoom camera refurbished, packed and set off on a 24-day road trip to find some of the remaining old growth forest in the eastern United States.
The joy of hiking through old groves is that the hike is less about a destination -- some high altitude view -- and more about the feeling created by being among these monarchs. So, much of my trip was spent walking slowly and craning my
neck upwards to the dizzying heights.
Some of the largest trees in the eastern US are found in Pennsylvania's Cook Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Recreation Area (in North Carolina) and Congaree National Park, so those were my main destinations, with other stops along the way. And I saw astoundingly large trees at each of those places.
Because much of North America's old growth has been logged, what remains is all the more precious. (At the moment, protesters are trying to protect an old grove from logging at Fairy Creek, British Columbia. Truly, once the old growth is gone, it's gone forever.)
So this issue is all about getting lost among the trees, even literally.
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With a big tree hug,