LIFE ON ROUTE 66 – BOOK SIGNING AT VROMAN’S

 

The book signing, set up by our publisher HistoryPress, was a huge success.  What a thrill to see an audience of over 50 people who were obviously fans of THE MOTHER ROAD.  Had we the time we would have loved to hear their stories.

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After a lovely introduction, Alan gave a little speech then handed the mic to me.  So little time and so much to say!

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One might be intimidated with a crowd this size looking on, but they were all friendly faces, dotted with my dear Duarte friends who came along for moral support!

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Yikes, there is even a line!  We felt like celebrities.  Thanks to all of you who came for the program and those who bought a book, some for the second time!

Our next talk and signing:  August 24, 9 a.m. Duarte Senior Center.

Another on October 4, 7 p.m. for the Monrovia Old Home Preservation Group to be held at the Monrovia City Library on Myrtle.

COME JOIN US.  If you would like a copy of the book by mail, just send a check to Claudia Heller, P.O. Box 1251, Duarte, CA 91009 – for $23 which covers postage.  We will send you a signed copy right away.  The book is also available at book stores, Amazon, through the publisher HistoryPress, and there is a kindle edition.

WHEN IT’S OVER 100 DEGREES INLAND – HEAD FOR THE BEACH!

For an 8 day trip we enjoyed the California Coast at its best, not venturing further north than Morro Bay.  With school still out, we found the campgrounds full, but managed to snag great spots.

MC GRATH STATE BEACH:  When I think about going to McGrath, I’m never very excited about it.  But when we get there we remember how great it is!  Our campsite (below) offered an unobstructed view of the dunes beyond which is the beach (not very swimmer friendly).  The signs in the background mark the nesting grounds for the Least Tern and the dunes behind the signs are off limits during a few months a year while the terns are nesting.

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CARPENTERIA STATE BEACH:  We were fortunate to have a spot at the Heron Group Camp reserved for employees of Brighton and their friends.  While many sites here are small and toe to toe, some sites are great!  Check out the camp map online and reserve a good site 7 months ahead of time.  Remember, reserved sites are “site specific” these days.

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The water is cold but invites swimmers to ride the small waves and swim in the surf.  The beach is lovely and just yards from the campsites.  And, as you can see, sunset is a time to walk on the beach and count your blessings.

PISMO COAST VILLAGE RV RESORT:

Okay, we are getting spoiled.  This “campground” has a pool, beach access, a short walk to town, and an on-site restaurant.  Our campsite overlooked the lagoon where ducks and pelicans provided entertainment. 

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THIS GUY HOPES YOU CAN’T READ THE SIGN. 

 

 

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IT’S A GUY THING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MORRO BAY:  Took a few hours to drive to Morro Bay to buy fresh fish at Giovannis and walk through the shops.  And, of course, had to stroll through Cambria.

BUELLTON: So, what’s in Buellton besides Andersons Split Pea Soup?  Well, we stayed at one of the nicest RV parks we’ve ever visited called “Flying Flags” and of course it is just a few miles from Los Olivos, Solvang and, unfortunately the Chumash Casino where we left a donation to the Native Americans.

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GOT WORD IT WAS 103 IN DUARTE, SO WE STOPPED AT REFUGIO STATE BEACH INSTEAD OF GOING HOME.  THIS DELIGHTFUL PLACE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR CAMPGROUNDS ON THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST, AND LANDED A GREAT SPOT ($45/NITE!).  THE CRESCENT SHAPED BEACH LINED WITH  PALM TREES RIVALS HAWAII BEACHS.  THE OCEAN WAS LIKE A LAKE AND FILLED WITH BOOGIE BOARDERS, SWIMMERS, BODY SURFERS, PADDLE BOARDERS AND KAYAKS.

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THE BEACH CROWD HAS RETURNED TO CAMP FOR DINNER AND CAMPFIRE.  WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A FEW PEACEFUL HOURS.

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BIG BEAR LAKE: SHORT ON DRIVE; LONG ON ADVENTURE

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A bit unnerved by the prospect of hauling our trailer up Highway 38, my trepidations soon disappeared as we reached this lovely vacation paradise.  It offers adventure galore for every age.  We pulled into our campsite (above) at Holloway’s RV park.  If we moved forward a few feet we’d be underwater.  We could fish from our picnic table.

 Our 90 minute venture out onto the lake was on a pirate shiip.  We learned alot about the lake’s history and saw primitive cabins and multi-million dollar homes.  Mel Blanc’s son-in-law came out of his lakeside cabin and sent us greetings in his daffy duck voice.

 

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the Discovery Center.  We enjoyed the Big Bear Historical Museum and the crew of docents in period costumes. 

 

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THE BIG BEAR HISTORICAL MUSEUM FEATURES OUTBUILDINGS WITH PERIOD-DRESSED DOCENTS.  IT IS A TRIP BACK INTO TIME.

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THE TEACHER TOLD US ABOUT THE DUNCE CAP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS 5-STAMP MILL WORKS!  WE GOT TO WATCH IT STAMPING.  THEY CLAIM IT IS THE ONLY WORKING STAMP MILL IN THE STATE, BUT WE SET THEM STRAIGHT.  THERE IS ONE AT GOFFS WHICH WAS WORKING WHEN WE WERE THERE, AND THEY ARE NOW REFURBISHING A 10 STAMP MILL AT GOFFS WHICH MAY BE WORKING BY THE TIME WE ATTEND THEIR RENDEZVOUS IN OCTOBER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alan the musician at the antique player piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CAMP BELOW REMINDS US OF “THE GOOD OL DAYS.”

 

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Holcomb Valley is the area where gold was found and home of the Lucky Baldwin mine.  There is a driving tour which features old cabins and mining sites, a hangman’s tree used for swift justice in the 1800s, and other historical areas plus great views.  The loop is near the Discovery Center and covers about 16 miles.

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THE ‘MEADOW’ IN THE BACKGROUND IS BALDWIN LAKE.

OUR FRIENDS, RICH & CAROLYN LIVE IN A GEODESIC DOME HOUSE THEY BUILT AT THE FAR END OF THE “LAKE”

 

 

 

 

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HOME OF RICH & CAROLYN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE IS ONLY A SMALL PART OF BIG BEAR.  THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, SIGHTSEEING, WATER SPORTS, AND HISTORIC SPOTS TO VISIT.  WE PLAN ON RETURNING AND TAKING THE GRANDKIDS NEXT TIME.

OUR BIG BONUS, A MAGNIFICENT SUNSET:

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ADIOS BIG BEAR.  WE WILL BE BACK.