Thursday, September 20, 2012

DAY 7 - Trees of Mystery

Before leaving our motel I just had to have a pic with one of the Blues Brothers who was parked right inside the front door waiting to greet you when you arrived at the hotel.

This morning we visited the Trees of Mystery which is a beautiful, very dense forested area in Northern California.  We walked almost a mile up the interpretive trail through the Redwoods to the Skytrail Gondola for a ride through the treetops to the top observation deck. We found breathtaking views of the trees and the Pacific from the top deck.

There's a gigantic statue of Paul Bunyon greeting you as soon as you arrive in the parking lot at the Trees of Mystery.  It's really cool because they have someone observing the visitors as they approach the statue; so "Paul Bunyon" actually answers questions and makes comments which obviously thrills little kids as they  approach this mammoth statue.  Here's some shots of our Sunrise Tour group in front of Paul.

From there we made a brief stop in Eureka, CA and had lunch at the Bayshore Mall. We took the Drury Scenic Parkway through the majestic redwoods to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Headquarters and Visitor Center.
Some tour members took a nature walk but I opted to watch the movie on the 1964 Great Flood which hit the area on December 18,1964 and shut down the highway system in that area for months.  This was considered a 100 year flood and the worst flood in recorded history on nearly every major stream and river in coastal Northern California.

We dined this evening at Silver's at the Wharf.  This was a lovely restaurant with exceptional service and very tasty food ranging from Pan-seared Fres Rock Cod to Linquini Alfredo Pasta.   I'd highly recommend this place.

Another fun-filled day on our Northwest Coast Adventure!

1 comment:

TLM80209 said...

Minnesota, along with a few other states, claim to be the home of Paul Bunyan.

One of the legends is that Paul hooked up his Babe the Blue Ox to a plow, and carved a furrow in the Earth which became the Mississippi River.

Another legend is that he could clear a whole forest with but a single swing of his axe.