It’s official: Everything sucks. The Cool family is planning a getaway to the Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz area, and I was excited to take my crew to see The Tree Circus, which as a kid I dragged my family to see once. Basically, this was a quaint little garden full of trees shaped into funny sculptures, as you can see at right. Tee hee. My recollection is that I was ridiculed for taking the whole family to see a bunch of braided trees, but I’m sure my family would rather braid their own eyeballs than witness what has become of my beloved Tree Circus…
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Gilroy Gardens. What was once a quirky ’40s roadside attraction is now a full blown theme park, complete with a rip-roaringly hilarious “cool garlic” mascot. A daily pass costs friggen $30. Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh, the gardens look cool and I know the kids would love it.
I will definitely not be Googling up the Mystery Spot website for fear that they have done it up with a LOST tie-in or something… Please tell me Mystery Spot still kickin’ it old school roadside attraction style?
Here’s a great story on Alex Erlandson, the creator of the Tree Circus. They don’t make people like that anymore.