Searching for the Trees of Mystery
of Florence, Oregon the highway takes some spectacular climbs up
along hills and you will be driving along cliffs and looking down on the
ocean. You might also find yourself stuck behind a trailer or in front
of a lead footed impatient driver. If you're used to six lane
freeways, Highway 101 might be a bit nerve wracking. I was glad I had turned
down the clumsy Olds and Buicks, and the Ford Explorers that had been proffered
at the rental counter. Instead, I took a Chevy which proved to handle
quite well, even on the narrower and twisty back roads in
the Oregon high country,
It brought to mind my last drive on 101, where we had gone to Vancouver to see Expo 86 (Yes, I have that snowdome) and come back at night into Fort Bragg, California. In a big rental Olds Cutlass that I could barely hold on the highway, I saw the ocean glistening in the moonlight a hundred feet down the side of the road and the giant shadows of huge redwoods just a few feet from the edge of the winding road. Instead of being wonders to see, these things could kill us.
|If sea lions don't
interest you, how about a prehistoric park with plastic dinosaurs?
It's on 101.
A few miles north of the faux T. Rex is a game park that suggests acres of savannah populated with big cats. It's really mostly full of goats and deer, but I got to pet a llama. This is a good stop if you're travelling with small children.
On the right is another
dome I captured in the bush with my camera. I thought I already had it
at home so I did not buy it.
A couple of more domes caught in the wild by your intrepid shutterbug. No regrets about leaving these
sad samples on the shelf.
Time to wrap this up. Let's go to the Trees of Mystery