Highway 1 And Tinsel Town

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:27 am
By: Doug Lund
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Wow! Our bus went right by the site of that natural gas explosion South of San Francisco the day before it happened.

Meanwhile, we were merrily on our way driving through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth; the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s often called the most spectacular meeting of land and sea in the world. Who could argue?

Yes Sir..it's Big Sur

Yes Sir..it's Big Sur

Poor Linda didn't see much of Hwy 1 because of height fears

Poor Linda (right) didn't see much of Hwy 1 because of height fears

Speaking of heights, some of these Redwood Trees in Big Sur State Park stand 300 feet tall

Speaking of heights, some of these Redwood Trees in Big Sur State Park stand 300 feet tall

 

We were lucky enough to see several rare California Condors perched atop one of the big trees

We were lucky enough to see several rare California Condors perched atop one of the big trees

Pretty dizzying when you stand back and look up

Pretty dizzying when you stand back and look up

"Those big trees started from this little seedling," says our bus driver as tour member, Roger, looks on in disbelief. Although the forest floor is covered in them, it's against the law to remove them from the park.

"Those big trees started from this little seedling," says our bus driver as tour member, Roger, looks on in disbelief. Although the forest floor is covered in them, it's against the law to take souveniers.

Ah, the Hearst Castle..a celebration of greed and gawdiness

Ah, the Hearst Castle..a celebration of greed and gawdiness

Okay, everybody out of the pool!

Okay, everybody out of the pool!

The view from William Randolph's personal and favorite cottage.

The view from William Randolph's personal and favorite cottage.

Our tour of Los Angeles included a stop at the Le Brea tar pits. Like the geysers of Yellowstone, new tar pits are bubbling up all the time.

Our tour of Los Angeles included a stop at the Le Brea tar pits. Like the geysers of Yellowstone, new tar pits are bubbling up all the time.

Of course no trip to Hollywood would be complete without a stop at the Chinese Theatre to look at all the movie stars hand and foot imprints in cement.

Of course no trip to Hollywood would be complete without a stop at the Chinese Theatre to look at all the movie stars hand and foot imprints in cement.

Next door is the Kodak theatre where the Oscars are held. Just think, movie stars walk up these very stairs.

Next door is the Kodak theatre where the Oscars are held. Just think, movie stars walk up these very stairs.

Seems ironic that I can't use my Kodak camera to take pictures "inside" the Kodak Theatre itself.

Seems ironic that I can't use my Kodak camera to take pictures "inside" the Kodak Theatre itself.

Our tour did include a stop at a lovely little winery called Gainey Vinyards

Our tour did include a stop at a lovely little winery called Gainey Vinyards

A goodbye California toast from a great group of people.

A goodbye California toast from a great group of people.

Okay, that’s enough vacation photos for awhile. Time to get back to more meaningful stuff like what part of “NO” doesn’t our mayor and a majority of Sioux Falls City Council members understand about building a new events center at this time? Also, how does Jim Belushi keep finding work in Hollywood?

14 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Doug,

    I was in the redwoods this summer. Since I saw the picture in grade school I’ve always wanted to visit and drive through that big redwood. Mission accomplished. The redwood forest is an awesome place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone that has not been there before.

  2. grouse says:

    Isn’t “condor” just a fancy schmancy California word for buzzard? There’s nothing like a few dozen buzzards sitting in the trees above to make the walk enjoyable. Good times!
    Now, how long did it take you to hide/ plant those illegal seedlings in your back yard? You might as well fess up, in a couple hundred years everyone will know.

  3. Paul Farmer says:

    Thanks for mentioning Jim Belushi. The lesser-known Belushi brother stars in the new CBS series The Defenders. Watch the premiere next Wednesday night at 9 on your KELOLAND Station. As an “insider”, I’ve seen the pilot – well most of it. The DVD kept freezing up right before the end. Now I’ll have to watch the premiere to see what happens.

  4. Peg says:

    did you hit the bell tower in Santa Barbara?

  5. Charlie Smith says:

    Did you get to see Jayden?

  6. Doug Lund says:

    Peg: Didn’t hit the bell tower in Santa Barbara. We did see the world’s larges Moreton Fig tree, though.
    Charlie: Didn’t get the chance to meet up with Jay.

  7. grouse says:

    Hey cuz, you didn’t answer my question about how long it took you to hide that illegal seedling in your backyard. Do buzzards habitually lurk high overhead in those illegal trees, or can your neighbors go about their lives without constant worry about having their eyes pecked out, or bits of exposed flesh torn randomly from their bodies? I think they’ll probably be o.k., but planting those seeds could be an ecological nightmare. I’m thinkin’ movie! Jay gets the lead role! He’ll be a shy, yet confident former CIA agent, who while home for Christmas discovers a plot by Al Queda to expose that contraband tree in your back yard and it’s filthy, disease laden buzzards to blame all Lutherans for all the problems in the world. Knowing that we are quiet, back row sitting folks, who only crave bland whitish foods covered in butter, decide we will be the easiest to cross….not knowing about the half-crazed Viking blood that lies just underneath the surface. Oh yeah, and Jay gets the girl. She’ll be half Norwegian Lutheran and half Muslim. Naturally, Lutheran theology wins out, and Jay is named Bishop.

  8. GMAX9 says:

    Grouse: Been hitting the Aquavite again, have you?

  9. Deb says:

    hi Doug, i’m with your wife as far as height goes. i’m scared of heights also. we’ve been to most of the places in your photos in california. enjoyed it very much. i sure enjoy your blogs ,keep them coming ok. take care.

  10. grouse says:

    Hello GMAX9….No Aquavit…..We just discovered a whole pound of lutefisk hidden behind a rib roast in the freezer….So naturally I’m ecstatic and just plain giddy with delight. But now that you mention it, a little Aquavit might just tickle the palate. I’ll bet GP is going through his freezer right now.

  11. SD Transplant says:

    What a great trip. Hearst Castle is one of my many favorite weekend spots here in CA while spending a relaxing weekend in Cambria or wine tasting in Paso Robles. The history is incredibe. The place is so grand that they have about four different tours you can take – one which includes an evening tour with a cast of people “dressed” up in the era enjoying the Castle as if they were guests roaming the property – its incredible! You just cannot get enough of it in one trip. Another excuse to come back! Did you guys happen to stop off down the road in Morrow Bay to check out Morrow Rock?! Lots of shops and great clam chowder!

  12. michael says:

    The guy with the red cap looks like David Letterman.

  13. gp says:

    The freezer you say Grouse? Hmmmm, I’ve just kept mine in the meat drawer… I never was sure if it was “gude”…or “råtten”….I ate it anyway…. It’s hard to tell when lutefisk is not “gude anymore”…and a person just can’t take the chance of throwing it out.
    I finished my last on the 4th of Juli….I did notice that I had a little more gas than usual. The gude news….The Olson Fish Co. of Nort Minneapolis has big batches in the tanks now….and the new Fall Season will soon begin. Lykke til Grouse… O Skal…Aquavit småke gude”…

  14. Nancy says:

    Thanks for sharing a great vaction/pictures with us. Wish I was there :)

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