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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Orchid Trail-Road Trip with Huell Howser (152)

Written on September 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm, by

Huell is on the trail… the Orchid Trail that is!!! Located on California’s central and southern coasts which became a Mecca for orchid hobbyists in the early part of the 20th century. Wealthy families who established estates to enjoy the Mediterranean-like climate of coastal California sought the services of renowned horticulturists and landscape architects to  Continue Reading »

Sanger-Road Trip with Huell Howser (151)

Written on September 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm, by

Huell tours the Fresno County Fruit Trail, an 80-mile stretch of orchards as well as the top pitted-fruit producing area of the world. The Fruit Trail is a great spot to sample locally-grown nectarines, apricots, peaches, and plums. Huell even stops by a gallery where local artists have shown their appreciation for the region’s agricultural  Continue Reading »

Confusion Hill-Road Trip with Huell Howser (150)

Written on September 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm, by

Join Huell at this old fashioned roadside attraction that features a ‘gravity house’ where water flows uphill, a mini train ride through the ancient forest, the largest freestanding redwood chainsaw carving in the world, and the redwood shoehouse! But its not just fun and games, this spot has some pioneering history as well! UPDATE: Since Huell’s  Continue Reading »

Marin County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (102)

Written on September 27, 2010 at 1:14 am, by

Huell heads to the “greenest” fair in California. The Marin County Fair has made a huge effort to make a very small footprint on the environment. The carousel and the main stage are both powered by solar. Another stage is powered by a 99% vegetable oil biodiesel generator and the lighting at the entrance to  Continue Reading »

Amador County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (101)

Written on September 27, 2010 at 1:12 am, by

Huell travels to Plymouth California to visit the Amador County Fair. This fair has all the great food, rides and entertainment you’d expect, but what really sets it apart is their incredible living history areas. There is a wheelwright shop, steam powered sawmill, and even a Miwok village where you can visit with members of  Continue Reading »

Jamestown- Road Trip with Huell Howser (153)

Written on September 25, 2010 at 2:25 am, by

Huell travels to the historic Gold Rush town of Jamestown in Tuolumne County. This beautiful town is known for its amazing buildings, including the National Hotel, which has been lovingly restored to its 1800’s charm. Huell also visits Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, which is home to one of America’s last intact, still-operating railroad roundhouses.  Continue Reading »

Wind Power-California’s Green (132)

Written on September 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm, by

Huell gets a private bus tour of a wind farm in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. The “windmill tour” shows us the history, technology, and economic benefits of wind as a natural power source. 2010

Food Bank-California’s Green (133)

Written on September 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm, by

Join Huell as he learns what a real foodbank is all about. He starts out with Pasadena resident, Tony Collier, who founded the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank in 1973 and ran it out of a two-car garage. The Foodbank is now in a 96,000 square foot facility that serves over 1 million meals a year  Continue Reading »

Gills Onions-California’s Green (134)

Written on September 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm, by

Huell visits the family run Gills Onions, which is not only the largest onion processing plant in California but its also the greenest. Each day they convert over 150 tons of onion peel and juice waste to power fuel cells on site that provide enough power to run the lights and refrigeration. 2010

Geothermal-California’s Green (135)

Written on September 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm, by

Huell heads south to the small town of Heber to visit Ormat Technologies geothermal plant. From the earliest native peoples to the mud loving “spa’ enthusiasts, this area has a rich history in harnessing the “heat” bubbling up from the ground. We’ll get an education in how Ormat is harnessing this energy and using it  Continue Reading »