My answer to that question: The Kings Canyon Lodge.
You can say a lot about the Kings Canyon Lodge—rustic, basic, pleasant, old fashioned, kitschy—all of which would be true. Perhaps the most accurate description of the Kings Canyon Lodge is this: plain ol’ weird.
For the record, there’s nothing wrong with weird. My wife and I regularly seek it out when we’re on the road. But this place…man, this place is on a different level of weird.
I mean no disrespect to the family who owns the lodge. They seem like nice people. Really, they do.
We stormed into the lodge wet and cold after a weekend in the rain/snow. Things seemed a tad off from the get-go, but we’re easy-going folks. We shot a few rounds of pool with busted sticks, drank cheap beer, listened to fellow traveler’s tales. We watched on as a minor dispute erupted over a kitchen bill. A creepy picture of George W. Bush stood guard over the bar.
Eventually we retired for the evening, where we were serenaded by the proprietors in the adjoining room singing church hymns long into the night.
The whole experience was 100% weird. Would we go back? I see no reason why not.
So tell me, my fellow adventurous traveler, where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever stayed?