Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – Trees of Mystery is a local attraction we kept seeing signs for on our way here. After seeing how crowded everywhere was on the weekend we decided to go on Tuesday, hoping it would be less crowded. It was only $11 each for old folks and it was well worth it.
There are several parts to the many acres that make up Trees of Mystery. Paul Bunyan greeted us at the entry – he is 39 feet tall!!
This is the one we looked forward to the most. It is a 1/3 mile journey through the forest tree tops in a gondola. It was an amazing thing to get an up-close downward perspective from the tops of redwood trees that measure 100s of feet in height. A total of 8 Gondola Cars continuously make the approximately 8-10 minute, 1570 foot trip up the mountain each day. We not only got spectacular views of magnificent redwoods, but a fine mountaintop ocean vista at the observation deck at the summit as well.
The trail starts at the top of the SkyTrail ride and proceeds approximately a mile (mostly downhill) through the wildest section of the Trees of Mystery property. They say it is for experienced hikers. After having hiked quite a big already (mostly uphill) we chose not to do this one.
TRAIL OF TALL TALES
Just when I thought we had seen all of the place, we came across this really cool area. Chain saw wood sculptures and carvings are scattered along the final stretch of the trail starting with Baby Paul Bunyan’s younger life (!!). We have more pictures of this part than any other!
SAVED THESE TWO FOR LAST. I CLIMBED ON A TREE STUMP
At the end we shopped in the gift shop for a while. I’ve been looking for, and finally found, baby Redwoods and baby Sequoias. We now own one of each and HOPEFULLY they will survive the drive back to Louisiana and being planted there. They came with good instructions and a replacement guarantee within one year.
This wraps up our time in Northern California. We head to the San Francisco area today, Wednesday. It will take us two days to get there since we rarely travel a lot on one day and it is over 350 miles to our next stop. We’re looking for a Sam’s Club to stay at one night so we can load up on our favorite Sam’s items. Then we’ll settle into a two week stay in Isleton, California. So much to do and see there before we leave the west coast!
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