I recently had the chance to take my family on a vacation to California. One of the locations we visited was Big Tree State Park. While Northern California is known for the redwood forest, the predominant tree here was sequoia. According to the park ranger,, the redwoods are generally taller, while the sequoias are a larger diameter. Another difference is the sequoia wood was very fragile, when many of the trees fell, they “exploded” into small sections as the wood fell apart. It was awe-inspiring nonetheless to see them up close, in some cases over 20 feet diameter and 100 feet tall.