Queen Anne Cottage

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The Queen Anne Cottage is located within the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia and was the setting for much of the TV series “Fantasy Island”.  Each episode, Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) would ring the bell in the bell tower while shouting “The plane, the plane!” as the seaplane prepared to land with that week’s clients.

Links:  Queen Anne Cottage

Tiki Hut on San Onofre State Beach

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I found this cute makeshift tiki hut while hiking down to the beach from the Bluffs Campground at San Onofre State Beach.  Looks like a great place to while away a few hours!

 

San Onofre State Beach

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San Onofre State Beach below the Bluffs Campground at low tide.

Links:   SOSB

Idyllwild Historical Society Museum

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While in Idyllwild this past weekend I visited the Idyllwild Historical Society Museum and enjoyed their climbing display shown here.  It lists every climbing route developed for Tahquitz Rock since 1936.  The 5.8 route from 1937 was the most difficult in the U.S. at that time.

Links:  Museum website

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on October 30, 1775 by Father Lausen, becoming the seventh of twenty-one missions in Alta California.  This pic shows its beautiful fountain along with Father Serra’s/Native American boy’s statues in front of the Great Stone Church.

links:   Mission San Juan Capistrano

Exploring the Desert

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This pic is from a few weeks ago when we were out looking for wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  We had just turned off of the 78 onto Buttes Pass Road that goes to The Slot and Hawk Canyon.

Links:   The Slot    Hawk Canyon    Desert Lily

Beavertail Cactus Flower

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This pic shows a closeup of a beavertail cactus flower from Desert Garden in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (on the way to Coyote Canyon).  Photo credit goes to Jack Springer who was with me on this outing.

Links:  previous related post

What do you see?

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While hiking Torrey Pines State Beach at low tide we found this interestingly shaped rock in the tide pools.  You can imagine two eyes and nostrils.  We thought it looked a bit like the head of a porpoise, or maybe of an alligator.  What do you see?

 

Trona Pinnacles

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This past weekend I attended The Adventure Portal’s “Run to the Sun” event at Trona Pinnacles near Ridgecrest.  Over 100 groups of overlanding enthusiasts were on hand to make new friends, learn new skills at three excellent training seminars, and explore the interesting topography.  This pic shows the area where I was camped as seen through a hole in one of the rock formations known as “the portal”.

Links:   The Adventure Portal

 

Low Tide at Torrey Pines State Beach

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I recently took a hike along Torrey Pines State Beach from the north end parking lot down past Flat Rock to Black Beach.  This pic is just to the south of Flat Rock.  Pretty nice views!