Northern California coast, 1956 — Up in the extreme northwest corner of California, you’ll find Crescent City, county seat of Del Norte County, home of the popular roadside attraction Trees of Mystery. Known to travelers of Highway 101 as the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Trees of Mystery first opened in 1931. As I wrote in […]
Whenever I get the chance to travel between Sacramento and San Francisco on the train, I can never resist taking pictures out the window — especially where the tracks run along the shoreline of Suisun and San Pablo bays. There’s usually something interesting to see!
If this week’s Memory Monday post happened to inspire you for a trip north along California’s Highway 101 to the redwoods of Mendocino County, you might want to watch for Confusion Hill, located about halfway between Leggett and Piercy. Some parts of this classic roadside attraction are fairly hokey, but it’s also full of unique and beautiful sights, along with […]
This week, I’ve got a road trip for you, up the coast of California and into the beautiful Redwoods. These slides are all from 1956, and we start off in Santa Cruz, about 75 miles south of San Francisco. I’ve never been to Santa Cruz, and I’m sure the city has changed a lot over the years — but after […]
I didn’t realize until I started to write this week’s post that Lake Tahoe’s annual Concours d’Elegance took place just last weekend, August 9th and 10th. 2019 was their 47th year, and they’re still going strong. I’ve never attended this event but I feel just a tiny bit of connection to the world of wooden boats — when I first […]
I happened to catch this episode of California’s Golden Parks on TV a few days ago, and I’m glad I saw it because it’s a good reminder of how easy it is to overlook some really amazing history as we travel around the state. Sometimes it’s not possible to stop and check out every potentially interesting sight… so I’m glad […]