by Mary Dickinson
October 16, 2003
A sign attached to the outside said it appeared in Ripley's Believe It Or Not but that was in 1933. A building is attached to it from behind and has an entrance door so we went in. I pretended to look at the items that were for sale but headed right for the room inside the tree. The sales clerk was about to close for the night when we arrived but she was willing to let us look around.
The gifts were all right. They had some burl items but they are expensive. There were even some gift items for sale inside the tree. I forgot what they were, but I did get a chance to see the room. I noticed the floor had a lot of give under my feet. Platforms were being used for it. There is a quaint looking door leading to the front of the shop from inside the tree and a window on one side of the room. The walls inside the tree were charred as though they had been burned. The ceiling is a fifty foot hole going up inside the center of the tree. There is a light at the top showing the charred walls of the "ceiling".
The tree is alive but it's rotting. It was originally made into a house in 1933 and it had to be rotting then. The tree is taking its own sweet time to rot. Rotting Redwoods are one of the greatest sources for building the exceptional humus that feeds the giant trees of the Redwood Forest. They can be rotting for hundreds of years before they no longer produce leaves.
Other customers came in so we just left. I was really grateful she let us see the beautiful room. It really was like a fantasy.
From journal The Redwood Forest