Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Ukiah to Roseburg

Ukiah to Crescent City via Hwy 101 - Here we are along the famed Avenue of the Giants. Roadside Americana is still going strong and we were happy to stop at every attraction along the way! First up was the Drive-thru tree in Leggett. Not a lot of photo opportunities here but worth the stop.

Next stop was the "World Famous Tree House" which has an amazing history. At one time there were cabins, a restaurant and more. Now the only thing to "believe it or not" is the fact the current owners apparently never open it to the public. Based on the amount of people stopping to look it seems like the motoring public would still enjoy seeing the attraction.

The next roadside wonder was the amazing Confusion Hill. This is the way a roadside attraction should run! From the overwhelming signage to the neon lights, they know how to hook the passing motorist. We opted for the Mystery House admission and were not disappointed. This place is a true vintage roadside attraction and we hope it continues for many more decades.

Next up we have the "Famous One Log House" in Garberville. 7 feet tall and 32 feet long. It seemed amazingly comfortable inside. Also the house still rests on its original 1949 trailer. Well worth the $1.00 admission and the ice cream cones in their gift shop hit the spot.

Just down the road we find The Legend of Bigfoot. Sort of a modern roadside attraction highlighting the chainsaw carvings of the owner. Also well worth a stop. You just might gain an appreciation for the art. Plus they have a huge, fiberglass gnome that makes for a great photo!

Our next stop was in Eureka for lunch. We plotted a course for the Fresh Freeze Drive In. If you're looking for absolutely fantastic drive in food this is the place to stop. It's a little off the main road but well worth it. The entire meal right down to the root beer shake was excellent. Plus the place looks great and they have a wonderful sign. We also spotted this great looking theater in town.

Heading further north we had to stop and watch the elk along the road. They could care less people were taking pictures. Neat to see so close up.

We wrapped up the attraction tour with a stop at Trees of Mystery. We didn't make it before closing but a big part of the attraction is the 49 foot tall Paul Bunyan & Babe in the parking lot. The place looked fantastic and the next time we pass through we'll try and stay at the vintage Trees Motel across the street.

Crescent City to Grants Pass via Hwy 199 - Wow, not a road for the timid! Nice to drive through the giant redwoods at the summit however. We also stopped for a break in Cave Junction and heard the most interesting karaoke cover of Tears in Heaven coming from the bar across the street.

Grants Pass to Roseburg via I-5 - another night of arriving at the motel around 1:30 am.

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