Hidden within a grassy valley 35 miles west of Colorado Springs the petrified remnants of redwoods and fossilized insects and ancient plant material lie just beneath the surface. Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument protects over 1,700 different species of fossils making it one of the richest and most diverse deposits in the world. Living in Colorado my whole life I had no idea this was ever the home to the magnificent redwoods I so often dream about on the west coast. Redwoods in Colorado, it seemed like a mythical tale, and I just had to explore. The meadow was covered in a dusting of snow but erected up from the winter white landscape sat the petrified monoliths of ancient redwoods. The timber remnants of scientists' lodging cabins surround the valley, put there during the fossil collecting rush, archaeologists version of the gold rush. There is even a saw blade lodged within one of the trunks left behind by one of these pioneer scientist. Florissant reminds you of your place along Earth's timeline. Here you are physically presented with what has come before and thoughts are conjured of what is to come next.