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Spunky little dog near Lake Mendocino. Photo: Swift Benjamin
Drive north on Highway 1 from Fort Bragg, and you’ll soon leave the coast and turn inland. It’s about an hour to Leggett, where the road merges with Highway 101 and the Redwood Coast
begins. Leggett is home to one of the North State's most enduring roadside attractions, the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree
, a centuries-old coast redwood that was transformed into a tourist stop in the 1930's, when a 6-foot-wide tunnel was bored through it. Visitors ever since have been driving their cars into the opening and snapping photos with kids and dogs waving hands and paws out the windows. more »
In previous issues, we've explored many facets of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, and we'll be back with more. For this trip, we're cruising through Bodega Bay, Jenner, Mendocino town and Fort Bragg and taking our first big break in Leggett, where Highways 1 and 101 merge and the Redwood Coast begins. more »