|This is the picture that dad took (notice the other camera guy with the red car, this wasn't the first time we had seen him)|
|This is the picture that I took of dad trying to die (it was right after a blind corner so we were all a bit stressed, especially when he would full on lay down!)|
We drove for another few minutes and I was met with my first disappointment of the trip: The Shrine Drive-Thru tree. Now, this stop boasted about being an amazing spot to truly experience the redwoods, complete with a drive thru tree, drive over log, tree houses made only of a tree stump, and animal carvings. Now, it did have all of this but it most certainly was NOT worth the $6 we had to pay. The drive thru tree was just an old tree that had split in half and was being held together by wires and it wouldn't even fit our vehicle. Then, the gift shop was supposed to be open at 9am but by the time we left it was still closed, not a person in sight, at 10:15am. Now, we weren't concerned with buying anything here but some people not to be named had to go pee really bad and dancing around in my skirt wasn't making it any better. Needless to say, I wrote a very unhappy and displeased review on every website I could find. Yes, I mad.
|This was the drive thru tree compared the the height of my mom|
|Trying to find some enjoyment, we wanted to get a picture with the animal carvings but... dad made a well timed photo bomb.|
After our "enjoyment" at the tree, we rushed off to find a restroom. Dad, thinking quick, made a sudden turn into a state park and they allowed us a 15minute pass to use their facilities. I was so eager to be out of the SUV that I jumped out onto gravel and dropped my sunglasses. Forgetting my lady like manners, I spun around, bent over to retrieve them, and rushed off. I think the people at the picnic table have now seen things that can't be unseen... sorry.
We all plopped ourselves down and looked through the glass to find our favorite pieces.
|Here's Jazmyn with just a few of hers|
|The green and blue ones were my favorites|
Near by, thanks to a roadside attractions website I found about a month ago, we got to see this odd structure.
By this time it was 4pm which meant we were over 2 hours behind schedule. My father, with his lead foot, took us off to our next stop being a viewpoint that I've been once before on a mission trip - Battery Spencer. As I learned in my original planning, you can't just type in "Battery Spencer" and it'll take you there. Instead, you have to zoom in on the northern point of the Golden Gate Bridge and to the left (West), the label will come into view. Of all the viewpoints of the bridge, this is certainly my favorite. We stopped just long enough to take in the view and then continued on into the city.
|As with other things we had seen that day, Clarke said it just didn't look real, "It's definitely just a green screen"|
|It really wasn't that bad but we were already pretty car sick|
Today's plan is much simpler. We'll drive 4ish hours to lunch in Ridgecrest, get food to pack for dinner, then drive hours and hours through death valley. With brief stops at Furnace Creek and Dante's View, we'll continue the drive over the California/ Nevada border and into Las Vegas. Don't worry, we won't lose any money except that which has already been spent on the hotel. It's just a night time lodging spot before we take off on the grand Route 66. Until next time, dear readers (probably most recommend by my mom), live long and prosper!