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One of the Circus Trees

California turned out to be much hotter than Oregon, and a long haired kitten that wasn't heat freindly meant I had to have the air conditioner on full blast most of the time.

Gilroy is home to the Garlic festival.

Gilroy Gardens has gone through several owners and name changes. It's not as much a theme park but more of botanical gardens with rides. It started as a refuge for some hundred year old trees called circus trees, which are twisted into unique shapes. This is a park you take your grandparents to stroll through the gardens, or kids to learn about nature. There are nature exhibits all over, as well as a bird show, and wild cat exhibits. The rides go through the various gardens. You can ride an incredibly long electric car ride through one garden, a bobbing boat ride through another, and a mini monorail through a greenhouse.

A rock bench
This park also meshes perfectly with the natural surroundings of the area, so when you are walking along you really feel like you've been there before. They do have two small rollercoasters. The larger one is a runaway mine train. I was expecting that it would be pretty bland since this wasn't a thrill ride park, but it has a few surprises and competes well with its kin, so give it a whirl. There was a small train that went around the park, and of course I had to leave after just a few hours since I was on my way home, and it was getting hot. The kitten was in her carrier at their limited pet area.

And that was the last theme park I went to on my trip. And what was the last rollercoaster I rode, after now reaching a track record of 298? A runaway mine train, the simplest kind of steel rollercoaster.

The car ride goes through one of the gardens
This one was good enough, and since it was the last in the long line, I rode it twice, and then before leaving I went for a final third time to commemorate the entire trip.

And how many theme parks did I visit? Over the previous year, twenty-two I think, and on my Big Big road trip? A whopping Twenty-seven in thirty days! That's counting Plymouth Rock as a park with a 'theme'. And how does Gilroy Gardens compare? It's great! As well as Dutch Wonderland, Storyland, Enchanted Forest, and Santa's Village, these small parks for kids proved that they held their own against the big steel corporate owned giants geared to pay their shareholders. Like I noticed with the others, you can go here just to relax, not rush rush rush everywhere. So go check them out sometime.

http://www.gilroygardens.org/

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One of the Circus Trees
One of the Circus Trees
A rock bench
A rock bench
The car ride goes through one of t…
The car ride goes through one of …
swan boats on the lake
swan boats on the lake
this boat ride bobbed through anot…
this boat ride bobbed through ano…
Carousel
Carousel
one of the info stations
one of the info stations
The runaway mine train
The runaway mine train
A covered walkway, well needed sin…
A covered walkway, well needed si…
Large cats on display
Large cats on display
Gilroy
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