What a nice surprise this place was! While up at Carlsbad for the VT Meeting I decided to get there early to take a look at Rancho de los Quiotes to see if it would be a good place to take my grandchildren on an adventure. It took a long time to find it because I relied on directions off the Internet--even though I had been warned to check with a local map to be sure.
Rancho de los Quiotes was developed by Leo Carrillo, an actor and entertainer, as a working ranch and weekend retreat. It later became a sort of life sized museum of historical Mexican/ Early Californian buildings of the area.
What first attracted my attention was the landscaping at the entrance. It was typical dirt, rocks, wood and cacti, but organized neatly in a most impressive, natural design. There were two paths, one of stone steps and the other, a dirt ramp for wheelchairs! They thought of everything!
Walk along the path and see adobe buildings of by-gone-days in California's history and a few little surprises too, old farm / cattle equipment, bales of hay and of all things peacocks quite at home, strutting around the ranch.
After a superficial exploration and before getting in my car, the most thrilling thing occured. I heard the silence. Just like being out on the open range not a human sound to be heard. Considering how close this place was to freeways, highways and residential areas, it was a wonder.
Driving down Santa Fe Springs Road, I came upon this old building as I searched for Rancho de los Quiotes. (I had turned in the wrong direction.)
There was another wooden building on the same plot of land and a corral which gave me the impression that this was becoming something interesting. At the time, it was just before Halloween and I think the Haunted Hotel was offered as an attraction for the locals and their children.
What made this so interesting to me was the fact that the surrounding area has been developed over the years as a kind of upper class country living area. The buildings might be an effort to establish the old sense of back-country it used to be.
I will try to find out more. In the mean time, it's added here to let you know about some of the surprised you might come across while driving the back roads of Carlsbad.
In 1883 John A. Frazier chose to settle in this area, named it Frazier's Station, and dug a well for his water supply. Analysis of the deep (over 400 feet) well water showed it to be nearly identical to the water from the famous Sprudel Well Number 9, Karlsbad, Bohemia. Today Karlsbad is known as Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. To celebrate this fact, the name of the area was changed from Frazier's Station to Carlsbad, California.
Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary in Czech language) is the biggest spa city in Czech Republic, now. Have you ever been there?
If not go there virtually first hehe:
1. Page by Zdenka (Nykaenen) from Croatia:
2. Page by Brandon (europebn) from Scotland, UK:
http://www.karlovyvary.cz (Czech, German and English)
Hmm... aren't some houses similar in both cities?
We were driving Pacific Coastal highway 101 (marked on my map as S21) northwards with Linda (Imkluque) and passing hmm... look at my picture on the left. Linda explained me what it was: the Self Realization Fellowship Temple and Ashram Center in Encinitas, just a few miles before Carlsbad.
Do they treat VTA there? (Virtual Travel Addiction). Hmm.. they maybe helpful, I suppose. But as I know there is no medcine for this disease but a strong support group. But you can try and call: +1 (760) 436-7220 and ask about meditations for you :-)).
On my picture:
Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. Paramahansa Yogananda established the Self-Realization Fellowship Ashram Center in Encinitas in 1937. Here, at the Hermitage where he lived for many years, he wrote his Autobiography of a Yogi, widely regarded today as a modern spiritual classic.
From Vicki (expresso):
Places like the Self-Realization Fellowship and Ravi Shankar's Foundation: http://www.ravishankar.org
in Encinitas are common. Ravi Shankar lives in Encinitas (he taught George Harrison the sitar).
Hermitage and Meditation Gardens
215 "K" Street
Telephone: (760) 753-2888
There are huge residential areas in Carlsbad, usually the houses are 1-floor but many 2-floor as well. Driving S-21 you can see some bigger and beautiful houses as well.
Hmm... is it comfortable to live by the main road with heavy traffic? If you have business downstairs which gives you satisfaction (and $$$$$ :-) and you live upstairs it is OK, I am sure.
The Highway S21 goes along the Pacific Ocean south of Carlsbad's downtown. It's named Carlsbad Boulevard.
Northwards it goes a little far inland to Oceanside and it's named South Pacific Highway.
The Highway S21 is a part of historical Highway 101 (the Pacific Coast Highway). Affectionately referred to by locals as simply “The 101”, this legendary highway follows the Pacific Coast from the warm, sandy beaches of Southern California to the wild, rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest.
From Vicky (expresso):
I've never haerd of S-21, everyone knows the Pacific Coast Highway as "101" -- suggest you not even reference S-21 because it means nothing. Everything north of San Diego-La Jolla is called "North County" and the little beach towns are laid-back, relaxed, spiritual and arty.
Music lovers will enjoy this. A hundred years of music history.
Admission is about $5.00 and it is closed on Mondays
Located in Carlsbad Ranch at:
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
This museum is run by a trade organization of musical instrument manufactures and traces the history of musical instruments in America. The museum is in Carlsbad just around the corner from Legoland.
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