The Banyan Tree
Coming from a place called "The Pineys" where the only tree that can be seen is a Pine Tree or a Pine scrub meeting the Banyan tree was very cool. I found it to be the most interesting tree I have ever seen. The roots grow out of the ground. Most are very large. My first experience was on a cruise. I got off the boat in Hilo. The line for the cab was so long, it would have taken too long. I saw a "tour van" off to the side and went over to inquire. Being she had a tour license she had to do a tour, the charge $20. So, we said OK, let's do the tour. She drove us down this wonderful street called Banyan Drive. Filled with Banyan trees planted in the early to mid 1900's, some by famous people, I started to feel at peace.
The largest Banyan tree I ever saw was in Maui ... Lahaina. This tree takes up a whole block and keeps on going. The tree itself is actually a park. Aside from the millions of ants crawling all over the tree I think this is the coolest tree I ever did see.