Posts Tagged With: outdoors

Hazy Los Angeles Sunset

Last week I went to dinner at an amazingly delicious establishment in Silverlake, Black Hogg. Thank you Ayleen for this wonderful dining experience!

We arrived a little too early so backtracked down Sunset a little to spend some time at Barnsdall Park and view the exterior of Hollyhock House.

Hollyhock House is a Frank Lloyd Wright creation atop a hill in East Hollywood and though it is lovely in it’s own right the views from the surrounding grounds are real showstoppers even on a hazy evening.

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North: Griffith Park Observatory

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Northwest: The Hollywood sign and comm towers

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West: The city and her people

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The Long Way

I traveled to Arizona last week and was loathe to zip over there via the mind numbingly dull (though almost an hour quicker) Interstate 10.

Last Thursday morning broke sunny and Spring-like in Southern California, perfect driving weather. I traversed the Cajon Pass before turning East onto I-40 in Barstow.

The original Route 66 was covered by I-40 over much of it’s path although a few drivable sections remain. They are mostly on the Arizona side of the state line but portions can be seen resting in the California desert sun here and there along the way. This route took me first to Needles CA then through Kingman AZ and Ash Fork where I turned South toward Prescott.

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles

 

Since I was without any time constraint this trip and the temperature was still cool and Springy I stopped in Needles to explore a bit farther from the highway for the first time in my life.  I have been here many times but it is either far too cold in the wee hours of a desert morning or blistering hot on a Summer afternoon to want to stay any longer then it takes to fill the gas tank and hurry away.

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Kingman has a modern thriving town accessible via the second and third exits from the Interstate, it is always a nice stop along the way but I didn’t go there this time. I took the first exit onto old RTE 66/business 40 taking me through old Kingman which is full of antique shops, tasty BBQ lunch and friendly locals. The requisite small town water tower looms over still busy railroad tracks while a western theme permeates  vintage motels and eateries for a couple miles until the old road hooks up to the interstate once more. I was so focused on the BBQ lunch that I didn’t take many pictures here but you can bet I will return to this road on a future trip.

 

Building being restored in Kingman

Building being restored in Kingman

Late afternoon found me in Ash Fork which has been one of my favorite places in the entire state of Arizona for many years.

The reason? Oh, the little old Mobil Gas station!

Ash Fork station lot

Ash Fork station lot

I darted in this station one very cold afternoon about 15 years ago to find myself in a warm, cozy hang out for the local old guys to spend the day telling tales and drinking (ahem!) coffee. The walls were covered with old license plates, junk parts and taxidermy…I wanted to stay forever!

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

After I paid for the gas I was graciously allowed to join the conversation so while Bob filled the gas tank outside we talked about Jeeps, Javelina and the value of Gold Toe socks in the glow of a pellet stove. I make a point to stop here just to check in anytime I am nearby.

When I walked in the station last week the conversation was ongoing and the guys were all still in place. After topping off the tank I grabbed my camera and went back to ask if I could take a picture…of the Javelina…they seemed disappointed so I told them to crowd around the wall pig and smile…only the Javelina complied at that point.

I think she winked at us!

I think she winked at us!

Special places that welcome you as a kindred soul are few and far between, when you find yours enjoy it for all it is worth!

I will post the road home to So Cal next week!

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Leading edge

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Rain clouds scuttling along the treetops form the leading edge of an incoming storm at sunset.

Weather forecasters are warning a real storm is due to hit Southern California in the wee hours of Friday morning.

I hope they are right this time, So Cal could sure use the rain.

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These three little fellows are running South before the wind!

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Antrol Ant poison

I am going to give round 14 of ABC Wednesday a theme for my posts: Garden and Garage Antiques and vintage products.

No signs will be included in this round.

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Starting off with Letter A as in Antrol Ant poison! These little green bottles were embossed and the sides had a raised pebble pattern to mark them as being poison even if you couldn’t see it, only feel the bottle. Manufactured from the early 1920s through the early 1960s these bottles also were made in clear and Amber, most of the glass work was from Owens-Illinois Company which can be identified by the letter “I” in an oval of “()” like this : (I) .

Antrol really did work well because it was a syrup of Arsenic and sugar made to both lure and kill.

I don’t think Antrol in the original formula has been sold since the early 1960s. I remember seeing these little bottles in gardens well into the 70s though I am sure they were being refilled with some other ant killer.

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Blue Moon Eve

Monday was one of those days the travel agents never speak about in Southern California. Online booking sites never show photos of this sort of day either.

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This was a meltingly hot day in inland So Cal with the added bonus/penalty of light cloud cover by afternoon and high humidity.

People tried to remain ensconced inside well air conditioned buildings and homes, not so happy California cows mooed from their huddle under long rows of corrugated roofs sheltering them from the sun and those few of us who still use Swamp coolers dis the dance of strategically opening and closing windows and shades to direct air flow and not swelter in the added humidity of the cooler’s output.

The reward for dealing stoically with this kind of day (there is always a reward) was one of the most beautiful night skies of the season.

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The air cooled right away after sunset and by moonrise all was well once more.

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A nearly full True Blue Moon* played peek-a-boo with cotton ball clouds scudding across the inky sky.

 

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*A true blue moon is the third full moon of a four month season while a more common blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.

The color of the moon has nothing to do with this timing, a blue color only happens after a volcanic eruption or forest fire large enough to send smoke high into the atmosphere thus turning our view of the full moon fuzzy and blueish.

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California Avocado grove

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This Calavo Grove sign is the sort of sign one would see on fences and posts all over Southern California where the groves were once plentiful.

There are still a few in Riverside County and plenty in North County San Diego. This sign always had a couple of companions, a “NO TRESPASSING” and the sign that laid out the penalty for that crime in whatever county the signage was posted.  One cannot just pull over to the side of the road and pick fruit!

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A vintage view of Avocados picking and growing in California.

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Memorial Day weekend in the USA

Could not think of a better way to Skywatch today than with a photo that includes the Stars and Stripes of the Flag in honor of Memorial Day.

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This picture was taken in Burbank , CA  on Mother’s Day afternoon, May of 2010 while I was out Geocaching with my Son-in-law, George. We were at the statue of Dr. David Burbank, a dentist by trade he wisely purchased many tracts of land when he moved his practice to Southern California and the city of Burbank was named in his honor. Learn more ablit him here: http://wesclark.com/burbank/ddb_statue.html

The skies today, May 24 2013 look almost identical with highs in the 70s, very nice for outdoor activities this long weekend.

Welcome Summer!

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Playing out front on Skywatch Friday

I was about to skip this week on Skywatch, not much to see of note here this week.

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This afternoon we were all playing out front, neighbors,dogs and kids (we were supposed to be getting ready for a garage sale) when the sky turned beautiful, layered with dark and light wispy clouds in the warm air at sunset.

I noticed when I wrote this that some of us have started using the phrase “Playing out front” in the same casual way we did as kids.

As the weather warms slowly this Spring I encourage you all to take a moment to Play out front with whoever else can come out and play…may that moment turn into hours.

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ABC Wednesday S is for So Cal

So cal,S’cali,The Southland any way you say it Southern California is Special and we who live here are for the most part Spoiled.

Not in the ungrateful way of not appreciating what we have but in the “gosh aren’t we lucky to be here and now wallowing in this life ” sort of way.

The Sea,the Sun,the Slopes of the San Gabriel mountains,the Sand dunes of the deserts,Sidewalks in the city,Slides in the playgrounds,heck this is all a playground if you let yourself See.

Bridge Spanning South bound I-15 on the way to San Diego.

Safe travels if you are off to a Thanksgiving day visit or anywhere you choose to roam this week!

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Skywatch Friday Sunset in the Round

Last night Inland Southern California was treated to a sunset in the round. Words and photos do the real thing little justice but here they are for you to enjoy  with their compass points as titles.

East

 

South

Straight up

North

West

 

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