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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Lopez-Hill House- California’s Gold (11015)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 1:09 am, by

J.J. Lopez, the longtime manager of the Tejon Ranch who helped shape Kern County’s history, built his Victorian-style home in Bakersfield in 1909. In the 1960s, the home was occupied by Arlin and Lavern Hill, who migrated from Oklahoma after the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. Now, this long-overlooked California landmark has finally been  Continue Reading »

Jojoba- California’s Gold (11014)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 1:04 am, by

Huell visits, with Larry and Donna Charpied, their 10-acre jojoba farm located in the Eagle Mountain/Desert Center of Eastern Riverside County, in the shadow of Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness. Huell learns about the many uses for this desert wonder plant. Call them at: (760) 392-4722  2009

Chiriaco Summit- California’s Gold (11013)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 1:01 am, by

Situated 30 miles east of Indio, this popular stop for travelers and truckers who want to gas up, get a home cooked meal or browse for nic nacs is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Huell spends the day with the people who live and work in this desert outpost as they enjoy this milestone.  2009

Neptune Pool- California’s Gold (11012)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:58 am, by

Huell gets a behind the scenes tour and takes the “swim of a lifetime” in the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world and the highlight of any tour. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman style columns and statues.  Continue Reading »

Capital Steps- California’s Gold (11011)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:54 am, by

Huell goes straight to the TOP! Finished in 1874, California’s Capitol Building is a stunning neoclassical gem. With all great buildings of this size, there are lots of steps. Some steps are very obvious, like the set that leads up to the front entrance, but this building has lots of “step” stories and even a  Continue Reading »

Golden Knights- California’s Gold (11010)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:51 am, by

Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.    2009

Tall Ship Californian- California’s Gold (11008)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:47 am, by

Huell sails aboard the state’s official tall ship, Californian to see just how hard it was for our early settlers to get here. He also enjoys some sea shanties. Follow the link below for info on how you can ride the Tall Ship yourself! Maritime Museum of San Diego 1492 North Harbor Drive San Diego,  Continue Reading »

Hearst Castle Landscape- California’s Gold (11007)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:42 am, by

Huell tours the gardens of the world-famous Hearst Castle on our state’s central coast. Hearst Castle Main Number Provides Recorded Information (805) 927-2020 Tour Reservations (800) 444-4445 Or Reserve Online  2009

Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Lens- California’s Gold (11005)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:38 am, by

There is a reason that those old lighthouses could send a beam of light for many miles out to see. Most lighthouses used a Fresnel lens, which looks like a beehive made of glass. These lenses are works of art and the one that graced the tower at Point Fermin Lighthouse is no exception. In  Continue Reading »

Water Car- California’s Gold (11006)

Written on January 14, 2009 at 12:35 am, by

Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching as a car drives into the water and motors away. Well that’s just what piqued Huell’s interest. Terry Tates parents bought their Amphibious Car in the early 60s and have passed it on to Terry. Huell goes to lake Castaic and gets the ride  Continue Reading »