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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.
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.
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.