What an impressive thing to see among a shopping mall. I bet it is beautiful at night with it all lighted up. Nice to having something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
GIANT WHEEL: Weekday Pricing (Monday to Friday 4:59PM): 1 ticket: $5 (per rider, including children) 6 tickets: $27 12 tickets: $51 Military discount: $4 per ticket* Weekend Pricing (Friday 5PM to Sunday): 1 ticket: $5 Military discount: $4 per ticket* Check the web site or call to see if any of the pricing or hours have changed.
I love to see a beautiful Carousel and this one is lovely. It is only fair to having something fun for the little ones.
Check the web site or call if pricing and if hours have changed.
Weekday Pricing (Monday AM to Friday 4:59PM): 1 ticket: $3 6 tickets: $15 12 tickets: $27 Military discount: $2 per ticket Weekend Pricing (Friday 5PM to Sunday): 1 ticket: $3 Military discount: $2 per ticket.
Archeological research establishes prehistoric man in the Irvine area at least 12,000 years ago, possibly even 18,000 years ago. Scattered evidence of early campsites and rock shelters can be seen in the undeveloped parts of the city where they establishing dozens of villages. This rock has the shape of the front of a turtle's carapace and is considered very sacred and was used for ceremonial purposes. It is located with the Turtle Rock nieghboorhood.
Present by the Ontario Airport Towers these plaques are located on the north side of the street. There is no parking other than at the Towers parking lot or along the street where they have not developed the roads yet. It's a lovely walkway with some really nice landscaped areas. Each of the plaques talk about the history of the Guasti Wine Vineyards. The plaques are done in bronze which is a nice touch, which will stand up to the elements. The Plaque Reads: Standing here in 1904, you would see the Guasti Stone Cellar to the south. Many of these workers were migrant and lived in a large tent city south of the railroad tracks at Turner Avenue. During World War II, Italian prisoners of war worked in the fields and werer welcomed by the village residents as secured through the Bracero program. Wages were a jug of wine a week, and company scrip redeemable at the company stone.
The plaque reads: The first school in Goffs opened its doors for the fall term in 1911 serving the needs of cattle ranches, mining districts, homesteaders, the railroad, and, most of all, the people supporting expanding travel on the National Old Trails Road – Later U. S. Highway 66. A new school, featuring a distinctive mission style, was designed by architect A. Beimer in 1914 and constructed by Tom Ware land donated by H. P. Ware. The new school house was a source of pride for the community. It served their needs for a community center as well as a school until the spring of 1937 after U. S. Highway 66 was realigned and other factors had diminished the population. It reverted to private ownership in 1938 and became a private residence until 1954. During World War II it was in the midst of a large desert training center army camp-their being more than 10,000 soldiers here at some times. From 1954 to 1982 the building was abandoned. In 1982 Jim and Bertha Wold acquired the property and started restoration. In 1990 further restoration by the Friends of the Mojave Road began. Placed by The Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus and the Friends of the Mojave Road. (Marker Number 61.)
The doctors house a Glendale landmark, is named for the three prominent physicians Dr. G.V. Bogue, Dr. D.W. Hunt, and Dr. A.L. Bryant, and for DR. L.H. Hurtt chemist who made it their home one of the few remaining residence of Queen Anne Eastlake style of architecture in Glendale, it was originally located on the northwest corner of Wilson and Belmont. When a permit was issued for its demolition in 1979. A successful rescue effort was initiated by councilman John F. Day, the Glendale Historical Society then organized to assume responsibility. Moved the house to this site in 1980, and began the process of painstaking restoration with the generous assistance of numerous other Glendale organizations businesses and concerned individuals. The resulting museum, a unique asset to our community provides a looking glass into a way of life now lost in time, but not in fond memory. The House is open for tours every Sunday* from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (the last tour starts at 3:40 pm), with the following exceptions: *SPECIAL HOLIDAY CLOSURES: New Years Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Christmas. The house is closed during the entire month of July for maintenance. *WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: The house will also be closed on very rainy days. Check back to this website for updates, although short-notice closures may not get posted in time. Regular Admission fee: Donations are accepted to help us maintain the home. A minimum donation of $2.00 is recommended for persons over the age of 16. Admission is always free for Glendale Historical Society members.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller and his wife Arvella founded the Garden Grove Community Church - today's Crystal Cathedral - in 1955 . They started having services in the Orange Drive-in Theatre. From atop the snack bar's tar-papered roof he would lead weekly services, with Arvella providing music from a trailer-mounted electronic organ. He encouraged all to "come as you are in the family car. The congregation grew by thousands and in the 1970's, the "Hour of Power" was reaching all 50 U.S. states - and the local church was bursting at the seams. Dedicated in 1980, the 10,000-window Crystal Cathedral seats 2,800 worshipers and its marble chancel accommodates up to 1,000 musicians. Years ahead of its time in conservation design, the Cathedral employs no air-conditioning, relying instead upon natural air currents, which come via staggered rows of louvered windows, controlled thermostatically. Also part of this cooling system are two dramatic 90-foot-tall doors, which open at the right of the chancel - a feature carried over from the Neutra sanctuary. Sadly, the church has landed on hard times and went into bankrupcy and had to sell the church. The Catholic Church has bought it and the name has been renamed to Christ Cathedral. I've always wanted to see it in person, so while visiting Disneyland, we drove down here before we headed home. This is something to see in person. Very impressive and massive. So myself and my sons explored the grounds and were very impressed with all the sculptures and buildings. We were not able to go inside the chapel, but at least you can look in.
Built in 1981 and located in Calabasas, but very near Malibu State Park in a beautiful very detailed traditional Hindu Temple. It was sort of sureal to see it in the mountains on the way to Malibu. The priest live on the grounds to keep an eye on it. The deities at the Malibu Temple include Venkateswara, Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Ganesh, Padmavathi, Bhoodevi, Shiva, Krishna & Radha. Services are welcome to the public and I am not sure about dress codes, but I think it is just common sense what you should wear to a temple. Donations are very welcomed. The hours are: The temple is open every day of the year. Weekdays: Summer hours: 9:00 A.M to 12:30 Noon and 5 P.M to 8 P.M. Winter hours: 9:00 A.M to 12:30 Noon and 5 P.M to 7 P.M. Weekends&Holidays: Summer hours: 8:00 A.M to 8:00 P.M Winter hours: 8:00 A.M to 8:00 P.M.
With its beautiful view of Avalon Bay, the Wrigley Memorial is the centerpiece of the Botanic Garden. Built in 1933-34 by the Chicago architecture firm Bennett, Parsons and Frost. The Wrigley Memorial honors the memory of William Wrigley Jr., who lived from 1861 to 1932, founder of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company chewing gum manufacturer. He truly loved the island and he brought numerous improvements such as public utilities, new steamships, a hotel, the Casino building, and extensive plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers. The Wrigley Memorial was to use as much Catalina materials such as blue flagstone rock on the ramps and terraces comes from Little Harbor. The red roof tiles and all the colorful handmade glazed tiles came from the Catalina Pottery plant, which was in operation from 1927 to 1937. The marble inside the tower was quarried in Georgia.
The idea for a garden came from Mr. Wrigley’s wife, Ada. In 1935, she supervised Pasadena horticulturalist Albert Conrad, who planted the original Desert Plant Collection. Catalina Island’s temperate marine climate made it possible to showcase plants from every corner of the earth. In 1969, the Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation expanded and revitalized the garden’s 37.85 acres. Along with the new plantings came a new attitude. In the same way that the Wrigley Memorial uses primarily native building materials, the Garden places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants. (Plants, which grow naturally on one or more of the California islands, but nowhere else in the world.) Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list, including the rare Catalina Ironwood.
The John DeWitt Museum and Library s free to all its visitors and is located in the Dr. Sophronia Nichols House. They have many selections of books for sale about the history and its pioneers. The museum houses are open the last Saturday and Sunday of each month between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Below are the main activities for my first 5 days of the Tour.
Day 1 : Reached San Francisco after a 16 hr flight from Dubai :Checked into the "Town House Motel " about 1 km from Fishermans wharf. In the evening took 2 hour stroll through the neighbourhood and upto the Fisherman's Wharf . Early dinner at a , Mexican joint, and then long rest to adjust our body clocks.
Day 2 : Took a 2 Day Big Bus Hop on Hop Off Ticket from my hotel itself (Cost at 42 USD / person); and touredaround SFO. Morning time walked to the crookedest Lane .. it was fun.
Major Breakpoint at Golden Gate Bridge; and took connecting bus to visit Sausalito ( covered only in 2 day ticket at USD 48 per head) . Evening enjoyed the shows and ambience at Pier 39.
Day 3: Checked the Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum in the Morning near Fisherman;s Wharf. Then got ourselves in the Golden Gate Bay cruise around 12 noon .. Tickets around 28USD / head for adults. Kids around USD 18.Roamed the city using the Big Bus tours during day. Eve back at Fishermans Wharf.
US Road Trip 2013 Plan California Day 4 - 6
Day 4: Started for Yosemite at around 12noon from Daily Car Rental Store. Many car rental stores in SFO are located at the same Building at O Farrel Street.Being a staurday it was heavily crowded and what should have taken half an Hour took 2 hours. Car Rental price with ALL insurances covered for a Ford Focus ( got Chevvy Cruize instead) Price was USD 235 for 9 days.
Distance to Yosemite was about 205 Miles to Mariposa. Stayed at a Lodge near Fish Camp ( 7776 White Chief Mountain Road, Fish Camp). This was about 6 Kms from Mariposa entrance of South Yosemite National Park.Visited the Mariposa Grove of giant sequia trees that same evening before the sun went down. Dinner was at Tenaya Lodge about 2 kms from our own .
My friend and I visited in September and we found this was a great time to visit. The weather was chilly a couple of days especially by the water but on other sunnier days it we quite warm. It wasn't very crowded and we had a very nice time.
California is home to more than 350 mountain ranges that are scattered throughout the state. The highest peak is Mt. Whitney, in fact Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental U.S.A. There are even mountains in the desert. Many of the mountains are forest covered and quite a few are practically nothing but rock. Of course there still is at least chaparral and plenty of little or big animals to be aware of.
Many of these mountains are Federal, State, County or City Parks and protecting mandates are in place. So, when planning to stay in a mountain area, check the authority governing it.
One of the biggest concerns is forest fires. However, there are other issues that the authorities deal with to keep the natural conditions sustaining life in "them thar hills."
Just a simple trip up to the mountains can be exhilarating but there are so many activities that are popular to do, mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, snowboarding, skiing, camping, searching out waterfalls. Just so many it's hard to list them all.
Taking a road trip through the state of California is not a new concept. Father Junipero Serra made his mark by traversing along the coast of California and setting up twenty-one Missions about every "one day's" worth of travel apart.
Eventually the U.S. 101/California1 was developed, offering some of the most interesting and beautiful views of the coast line from beyond the south end of the state to beyond the north boundry. This coastal route of the western U.S.A. & California has many names throughout the state. Pacific Coast Highway, (PCH), California Highway 1, US Highway 101, Pacific Highway, Seacoast Drive, Ocean Boulevard, Coast Road, well, you get the idea. PCH is the most famous of these and the most famous section of PCH is located in the northern part of California, but it is possible to drive from one end of the state at San Ysidro to the other at Crescent City along scenic and sometimes not so scenic coastal roads.
Every year there is some sort of new development along parts of this coastal route which often times obliterate the natural beauty and in some areas there are sites are not worth seeing, in other areas the road runs through little beach towns that anyone would love to spend time in, and parts of this famous road offer awesome, panoramic, ocean scenes that shouldn' t be missed. (Here I'll warn you that much of US 101 does not go along the coastal route, mainly only in the far southern area.)
Driving from one end of California to the other, on these coastal roads, (Speed Limit ranges from 25 mph through the beach communities to maybe 65 mph at some points.) will take a lot longer than driving the same distance on the Interstate freeways, (Speed Limit ranges from 65 mph to 70 mph most of the way.) so keep that in mind while making your plans.
The main thing to consider while planning such a road trip is that the more time you take the more you will be able to experience and learn about this wonderful aspect of the State of California and our casual culture.
Most of my photos are from the section in San Diego County and a bit beyond. Technically this section is not considered as SR-1 but still it is part of the PCH.
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