Vatican Splendors Exhibit

From March through early September 2016 the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library hosted the exhibit titled Vatican Splendors; one of only two locations in the United States the exhibit was shown in its year away from the Vatican. The exhibit was … [Read more...]

Huntington Library

On 14 November 2013 I went on an excursion to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California... My primary purpose in going was to see an exhibit featuring Junipero Serra. It was an excellent exhibit but photos were not allowed so the pictures … [Read more...]

Charles Paddock Zoo

The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, California was established in 1955 by Charles Paddock, a county park ranger who nursed wild animals back to health. Over time the zoo was moved from the animal shelter to its present site: 5 park-like acres … [Read more...]

Getty Center

The Getty Center is an administrative center, research center, and display center for the Getty art collection. It sits on a hill overlooking Los Angeles in a billion dollar complex. … [Read more...]

Los Alamos Old Days

Each year since 1946 Los Alamos, California has held "Old Days" the fourth weekend in September. The celebration started as a reunion for the founders of the Los Alamos Valley Men's Club. Today its a classic car show, motorcycle show, and peddlers … [Read more...]

Elephant Seals

In the winter the beaches at Piedras Blancas (GPS N35° 39' 45.4" W121° 15' 23.7" or about 4.5 miles north of Hearst Castle on Highway 1) are covered with elephant seal families. The males control harems of about 30 female seals and their growing … [Read more...]

Rocket Twilight Phenomenon

When a rocket launches just after sunset it rises into the air and, if the timing is right, part of the rocket exhaust will enter the light from the sun and leave a colorful trail behind as the exhaust freezes and ice crystals form. This is called … [Read more...]


Parkfield is the self-proclaimed earthquake capital of California. It's located on the San Andreas fault north and east of Paso Robles (which is half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101). This is a combination of two trips there … [Read more...]

Mussell Fort

Elwin Mussell came to Santa Maria as a 16-year-old. He learned printing and produced a free newspaper called the Santa Maria Advertiser. Over time, he came to own close to 574 acres of land in Ruiz Canyon. He also served as city mayor from 1974 to … [Read more...]

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a private chapel just outside of Shandon on Highway 46 about 18 miles east of Paso Robles (Paso is half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101 in California). … [Read more...]