Hey there, Waldo fans, can you believe summer is finally here? I love summer, but when you walk as much as I do, the hot sun can make you extra tired. I’m lucky, though, because I can always find a shady place to rest under one of the many trees here. As a matter of fact, I’m resting under one as I write this blog.

Besides giving shade, trees do a lot of other cool (pardon the pun) things. Can you think of any other benefits trees provide?

There are about 100,000 different types of trees in the world. How many different kinds of trees can you name? Do you know which type is the tallest in the world? It’s the coast Redwood and we have one right here at Seattle Children’s! In the forest, it can grow more than 300 feet tall. That’s about as tall as a football field is long.

Did you know that that largest living thing in the world is a tree? This giant Sequoia – nicknamed General Sherman – grows in California and weighs more than 2,000 tons. That’s about the same as 10 train locomotives or 70 gray whales

Here’s another crazy fact. A certain kind of tree, the great bristlecone pine, can live to be more than 4,000 years old. We don’t have any great bristlecone pines here at Seattle Children’s, but we do have some trees that are more than 50 years old. That’s half a century!

The more I learn about trees, the more fascinating they become. Besides being just plain amazing, trees can also be a lot of fun to play on. How many ways can you think of to have fun with a tree?

Well, I think I’ve rested long enough, so I’m going to stop writing and start walking until the next time I find something interesting to share with you. So long!