by Mary Dickinson
October 16, 2003
While driving along US 101 through Leggett, CA, we decided to see some of the fantastic wonders imposed on the Redwoods so we turned off the highway and headed to Drive Thru Tree Road. Along that road we viewed excellent examples of vegetation in the Redwood Forest but it is so curvy and bumpy it's not likely anyone would sensibly exceed fifteen miles an hour.
We came to a tole gate and stopped to pay the $3 admission to the park. Some wild turkeys came out from behind the tole house. When we attempted to drive through them they chortled their guttural gobbles at our audacity, but ambled out of the way just the same.
As we proceeded down a dirt road we came to a clearing and there in the center stood the unabashed disfigured ancient tree still willing and able to let me drive our rented white Malibu through its middle. Of course my husband took a picture with his digital.
We stopped at the gift shop and I bought a strong sling shot for $7.95, but got a 10% discount with the admission ticket. We could have used the picnic area or hiked some of the trails in their 250 acre park, but we wanted to get to our accommodation before night fell.
From journal The Redwood Forest