Saturday, January 4, 2014

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: The Travel Log

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

May 17, 2013, from the land of the giant redwoods.

In the visitors center, Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center I found this, the Travel Log.  I see a early motor home.  And Sony Too did well considering we were using available light.

Back entrance door.

Folding lavatory? And, I think, the wash sink too.  Wish I could have gained entrance to have a better look at this set up.  Excellent use of space!

Sleeping quarters and storage.

From a different angle.

Outside, do love the window shape.

The other side.

While doing a bit of research on the Travel Log I found this page, which appears to be an archived version.  I have no idea how long that page may be there.  It was originally posted by the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association.  The page has fascinating history of Charles Kellogg and the Travel Log.  I have done something here I rarely do, I have copied one entire section of their fine work here for you to read.  All that follows in blue is from their web page, I take no credit.  They state it is from a historical brochure. (I found this page was found via a link from a Wikipedia article about Charles.)

"What is The Travel Log

The Travel Log is a masterpiece of nature and craftsmanship. It is a section of a great redwood tree from the giant forests of Scotia, Humboldt County, California.

It is the largest single piece of hewn timber in the world. It is mounted on a Nash Quad Chassis, the only truck capable of transporting such a load and meet its requirements.

It is the creation of one man. With axe and adz, Mr. Kellogg hollowed out the log and shaped and fashioned it into this most beautiful and complete dwelling; it has kitchenette, folding lavatory, toilet, clothespress, 12 lockers, folding double bed, stove, dining table, bookcase, dresser, electric lights, running water, guest room with single bed, lockers, etc.

The log out of which this beautiful home is made is absolutely solid; walls, ceiling, floors are all of one piece, without check or blemish; it weighs six tons.

The color is natural, of a rich rose red. Mr. Kellogg, using his hands only, has rubbed 12 pounds of beeswax into the wood.

In the forest from which this log was taken stand the most ancient LIVING things on earth, many of them four to five thousand years old.

Through the courtesy and co-operation of the California Redwood Association, it was made possible for Mr. Kellogg to bring out into the world this grand and ancient thing.

This particular log is about four thousand eight hundred years old, the rings (each denoting one year’s growth) can be plainly seen and counted on the end. It was as old as the Christian Religion is today when Jesus Christ was on earth.

Redwood has properties and qualities peculiar to no other species of wood. It is practically indestructible. It lives on the ground or in it and does not decay. The stumps do not die, but send up sprouts which in time grow up to large trees, thus perpetuating this magnificent wood for humanity for all time. No fire ever destroyed a Redwood forest, and decay has no terrors for it. Redwood is a nonconductor of heat and cold. Do your bit to help America preserve them."

The RVer in me just loves this!


1 comment:

Lynne Carothers said...

Very, very neat! I have never heard of this before! I sure wish we could go inside!