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Nike Missile Site- California’s Golden Parks (159)

During the tense years from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated a total of 280 Nike missile-firing batteries in the United States. These missile sites were placed as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. Today, a dedicated group of volunteers works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation  Continue Reading »

Alcatraz Gardens- California’s Golden Parks (158)

There have been gardens on the island of Alcatraz since the days of the Civil War. People have always found a way to coax things of beauty from this windswept and desolate place. Inmates of the “Rock” found it especially nice to get out in the fresh air and tend to the gardens. After many  Continue Reading »

San Onofre State Beach – California’s Golden Parks (157)

San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County covers some 2100 acres and has five miles of beach, including Trestles – one of the most famous and truly iconic surf spots in the world! Park Supt. Rich Rozzelle showed Huell a spectacular section of the park that most people don’t know exists. Turns out the  Continue Reading »

Leo Carrillo Ranch- California’s Golden Parks (156)

Once owned by famous Hollywood move star Leo Carrillo, Los Quiotes is a 27 acre historic park in the lovely town of Carlsbad. It contains and protects many of the original historic structures and outbuildings associated with Leo Carrillo’s use of the ranch. This ranch was Leo’s way to escape the hustle and bustle of  Continue Reading »

California Coastal National Monument- California’s Golden Parks (155)

In this adventure, Huell visits the California Coastal National Monument which runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide. Cooperatively managed with other federal, state, local  Continue Reading »

Doheny State Beach – California’s Golden Parks (152)

Huell visits Doheny State Beach to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the park. Doheny is famous for its surfing and laid back California atmosphere. We’ll visit with families who have multiple generations that have grown up on the great waves of Doheny. We’ll also learn about camping throughout years at this idyllic spot.

William S. Hart Park and Museum- California’s Golden Parks (153)

Join Huell as he visits the beautiful and historic William S. Hart Park and Museum in Newhall. William S. Hart was born in Newburgh, New York on December 6, 1864.Hart started his acting career in his twenties. At the age of 49, Hart came west to Hollywood to start his movie career. During the next  Continue Reading »

Hidden Treasures of Sutter’s Fort- California’s Golden Parks (154)

Sometimes you need to look under the surface to find the real treasures at a state park. Huell travels to Sacramento to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to get a behind the scenes look at some of the gems that are stashed away in the parks large archive. From Native American artifacts to a doll  Continue Reading »

Camarillo Ranch – California’s Golden Parks (148)

Join Huell as he visits the magnificently restored Camarillo Ranch, which was named for “the last Spanish Don”, Adolfo Camarillo, who assumed ownership of the gigantic 10,000 acre ranch in 1880 at the age of 16. The city of Camarillo is named after the charismatic and successful Adolfo, who is known for having bred white  Continue Reading »

Salmon Festival- California’s Golden Parks (151)

Huell attends the annual Return of the Salmon Festival in Shasta County to see huge numbers of fall Chinook Salmon coming up river to spawn. Coleman Fish Hatchery 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road Anderson, CA 96007 2007