Oh, Trees of Mystery, how I love you so. One of my favorite Roadside Attractions in the United States, the giant statues of Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan have been a popular stopping place on trips through the redwoods for generations of my family. My great-grandparents took my dad here when he was around the age of 5 (he was excited until they pulled into the parking lot and he saw the actual size of the statues). I came here as a child and brought Dave here on a road-trip around a dozen years ago or so, and despite the fact that it was cold, and damp, and we really just wanted to get home everyone humored me when we stopped to take photos and buy some awesomely kitschy souvenirs on the last day of our vacation. And not so secretly, as you can see in the photos, everyone loved posing for the camera one last day. The Good:
-a morning swim in the hotel pool
-well, the Trees of Mystery of course
-bonus at the Trees of Mystery stop, we saw a Renaissance wedding party right after their Redwoods nuptials
-listening to the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, on CD
-Even though we covered a lot of territory the past few days we still had several hundred miles to drive today and EVERYONE was road weary
-pick up some take-out on your way to your house, along with a few staples, to make the transition back to "reality" easier
-take a photo of your mileage (yes blurry ones count), your car, the happy faces of your family when they see your house
-try to come home a day early so you can slowly transition (Dave had to go right back to work the next morning and it was a rough those first few days)
-don't be in too big of a rush to get back into your normal routine, I would have to say the break from technology (phone, computer, Wii) was nice and I tried to hold off on "checking in" too much those first few days (amazing what else can occupy your days.)
I love trying new things, seeing new places and I love to take a vacation.
But be it ever so humble, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.