Jeff’s Odd Destinations: Trees of Mystery

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If there is one thing about California, it’s that it’s probably the American Capital of Attractions, Vacation Spots and Tourist Traps. They seem to have everything to see, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and that is not including the famous beaches and cities. Good Gravy, Cali, don’t hog all the tourists. You’re soon gonna make the 49 other states scrape the barrel to get some visitors.


Anyway, enough complaining, back to business. There is one particular Roadside Oddity in the Golden State in the town of Klamath in the Del Norte County that I find of great interest, a strange woodland known as “The Trees of Mystery.” Awesome Name, right?

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The park, now claiming to be the oldest redwood nature attraction, first opened in 1931 by Carl Bruno probably hoping to expand the regions economy beyond logging (a bit ironic as we will later get to). It was originally a fishing camp but evolved into a roadside oddity/amusement park/natural preserve named “Wonderland Redwood Park” and later “Kingdom of Trees.” It got its current name in 1946 when, returning from military service, Ray Thompson bought out the park. His family has run the place since. The original attractions are various trees growing in unique and unusual ways. They include the…

  • Cathedral Tree: Nine trees growing out of a large stump in a semicircle. Easter services and wedding are held here each year.
  • Candelabra Tree: A once mighty Sequoia that fell over. Still not dead, it’s branches grow to the sky like like candles.
  • Octopus Tree: Lots of roots going this way and that way. You can even crawl underneath the tree!

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Trust me, there are too many of them to talk about right now. We need to address the starring attraction of the Trees of Mystery: the Lord of Lumberjacks himself, in person, Paul Bunyan with Babe the Blue Ox! Standing at almost fifty feet with ax in hand, Paul waves as visitors come to visit his wooden wonderland. He can tell jokes and riddles, chew the fat with folks and predict the weather (if the trees are all bent in any direction, then its windy!) Could this be due to a voice actor in a hidden room? Nah, I’m pretty sure that it’s Paul for real. The Lumberjack Giant lumbered in when Ray first got ahold of the property. He was first made out of paper-maché but fell apart within a year due to rain. I mean seriously! Did anyone not see that coming? Luckily smarter heads prevailed and Paul has been refitted with more sturdy material. It’s not completely Bunyan without Babe, of course, as the Big Blue Beef was added in 1951. He would snort and blow smoke out of his nostrils when he first came but has been on better behavior now due to scaring the kiddies.


These, of course, are not the only attractions available. There is the Trail of Tall Tales full of chainsaw carved wooden sculptures. Many of them tell stories of Paul and his lumber camp, but some are original creations. You can take a ride on the Sky Trail gondola. If you’re a nature lover you can take a walk in the Wilderness Trail for a walk in the beauty and majesty of the woods for the sake of it, nothing special just a normal forest. At the gift shop there is the six roomed End of the Trail Museum, containing a lifetime of collected Native American artifacts from across the continental United States. The museum is free of charge for all visitors to the Trees of Mystery.


Nearby is the charming, “vintage,” Motel Trees. These 23 rooms are all individually forest themed with details and beauty. Adjacent to it is the Forest Cafe for a hearty good ‘ole fashion bite to eat. Here you can have your dinner under the Klamath River or under the sky of the Redwoods…. well, OK, its individually themed dining rooms, but they are amazing. I hope they serve up a good stack of pancakes.

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Oh man, this is too cool for me to hold in. Years ago as a kid, I remember visiting the Trees of Mystery. I can still remember seeing Paul Bunyan. For quite some time after that I was enthusiastic with tall tales especially with the mythos of the lumberjack giant. You can look up more information on the website here at But if you have seen the film Axe Giant pleas don’t bring it up. I doubt Paul is very flattered at the portrayal of him in that movie.


The Legend of Spyro: Trilogy(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review all three The Legend of Spyro games for the PlayStation 2. The Legend of Spyro games are a reboot of the entire Spyro the Dragon game series and are consisted numerically as The Legend of Spyro 1: A New Beginning, The Legend of Spyro 2: The Eternal Night and The Legend of Spyro 3: Dawn of the Dragon.


The Legend of Spyro: The New Beginning reintroduces us to the dragon named Spyro and his companion/friend/brother Sparx the Dragonfly as well as follow their adventures to save the four guardian dragons each in command of a different element from the black dragon Cynder. The guardians consist of Terrador (Earth), Cyril (Ice), Volteer (Electricity) and Ignitus (Fire).

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The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night follows the Continuing adventures of Spyro as he seeks out an ancient dragon of immeasurable wisdom known only as the Chronicler, tries to save his former enemy Cynder and foil the evil ambitions of Gaul: the Ape King. While doing so, Spyro not only regains the ability to utilize the elemental powers of the four guardian dragons but he also gains a new ability called Dragon Time which gives Spyro the power to temporarily slow down time.

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The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon concludes the adventures of Spyro, who along with both Sparx and Cynder as well as their new friend Hunter of Avalar (Cheetah) ventures forth towards a final confrontation with the Dark Master who is also known as the dragon called Malefor. While Sypro wields the elemental powers of Fire, Ice, Electricity and Earth, Cynder wields four dark powers consisting of Wind, Poison, Fear and Shadow.


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In conclusion, I found these three games in total to be an extremely incredible improvement over the original storyline which of course is saying a lot.


Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom(Preview)

The ability to stay focused and remain on task is an important life skill that enables us to reach goals, increase productivity, make decisions, solve problems and feel better about ourselves.  At SEEDs for Autism, our participants learn by DOING! Our program provides many opportunities for students to put their skills into ACTION… and creating content for this blog is one of them.

Charlie has been one of the most prolific and enthusiastic contributors to the SEEDs for Autism blog. He has a great passion for video games and exhibited a tremendous amount of focus as he worked diligently to complete his posts before end of class.

This is Charlie’s final video game review because he is moving on to new experiences and opportunities. It has made him very happy to see that people have been enjoying his posts.
Thanks for reading! (Ed.)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom for the PlayStation 4. The story/plot of this game takes place hundreds of years after the events of Ni ni Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for the PlayStation 3.


Some of the cast of characters consist of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum(main protagonist) who not only hails from the Cat Tribe but is also the King of a city called Ding Dong Dell, Roland(protagonist) who happens to be a visitor from another dimension and Tani(protagonist) who happens to be the daughter of the King of all Sky Pirates.


In conclusion, I believe that this game will not only be a definite improvement than it’s PS3 prequel but that it will also offer even more challenges and experiences to enjoy. This game is scheduled to be released on March 23, 2018.

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Video Games Live(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Video Games Live. Video Games Live is a concert featuring video game music as well as a collaborated/synchronized mixture of lighting, Effects and interactive segments.


Video Games Live tours the entire world and was originally founded/created/hosted by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall in 2002. On July 6, 2005, Video Games Live made its big debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.


In conclusion, Video Games Live has been around for 16 years and is scheduled to perform in Phoenix, AZ at Symphony Hall on March 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Plus, I found Video Games Live to be an event where one relives one’s youth as well as experiences Tommy’s dream of merging video games with the musical sounds of a symphony orchestra/rock concert.

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Christmas BY Keri

I’m going to Flagstaff this winter for Christmas and Christmas Day too. It’s going to be so much fun. We are going to open presents and eat tamales and rice and beans. We are probably going to the movies too. I hope it snows up there too. We are just spending just a couple of days there. I’m really excited too. This is are first year up there in Flagstaff. We are going to have a nice breakfast too. 



Dark Cloud 2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review Dark Cloud 2 for the PlayStation 2.


In this game, you must rebuild the past in order to restore the future, thereby foiling the temporal machinations of the evil Emperor Griffin. As such , This game centers around the concepts of architectural construction as well as time travel.


The main protagonists in this game are comprised of Max (main hero)(weapons: Wrench/Gun) & Monica (main heroine)(weapons: Sword/Magic). The main antagonists in this game are comprised of Gaspard (dark assassin)(weapon:Sword) & Emperor Griffin (Main Villain)(weapon: Twin Swords).


In conclusion, I found that this game takes your architectural constructive skills to new heights in a challenging way.

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Hello my name is Daniel and I’m going to be talking about my experience in helping SEEDs move to our new location. We rented a UHaul truck for the move, put stuff in and we took it to the new facility and unloaded it. I unloaded the moving van with my peers Charlie and Kyle. We emptied the van together and put the chairs in the office area with the filing cabinets. Our instructor Nathan moved the cabinets on the dolly and put the chuck jaws in the wood area.

Sewing had to go in the back of the new place and Jewelry had to go towards the front of the new facility. The props went to the back but in the corner. My weight training became a very useful skill to move heavy items. We haven’t moved in completely yet and it is a slow process but we are making progress in the move. The old place is slowly becoming barren as stuff is being moved to the new place. We’ll be using professional movers for the big stuff such as wood lathes ,forges, kiln, anvils etc.

I’m looking forward to what the future holds for SEEDS.