Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I've posted a couple of photos similar to this in the past, but with the air as clear as it was on Monday, it doesn't hurt to take and post another.
That's the Santa Anita Race Track and adjacent mall in Arcadia in the left center of the photo and the tall buildings of downtown L.A. in the upper right.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A bit of advertising I can honestly say I've never seen around town before. This is one of three young ladies heading up Myrtle Avenue towards Old Town Monrovia on their Segways. The three were promoting the grand opening celebration this weekend of the new Unleashed by Petco store in the Huntington Oaks shopping center.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Stopped in at the Market Grill last Saturday afternoon just in time to catch Jeff and Angel from KSGV radio doing an interview with Chef Alex. That's Jeff above recording some of the video that you can now find on YouTube titled: The Market Grill in Monrovia food the old-fashioned way.
Another in a growing number of well deserved write ups and raves about the Market Grill. Congratulations and keep up the great work!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The new Unleashed by Petco opened in the Huntington Oaks shopping center on October 11th.
The Grand Opening will take place this Saturday, October 23rd at 9am.
Address: 614 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia, CA 91016.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
It's raining outside, seems like a good time for another road trip. This time, we're heading out into the Mojave desert to Calico Ghost Town, located in Yermo, California. Most people are probably more familiar with the Calico Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm. There's a definite connection between them.
I love going to places like this. It's out in the middle of nowhere, the air is clear and you can find and learn some history mixed in among the touristy stuff. A relaxing, low-key getaway. Also a fun place to take photos.
Calico got its start in 1881 as a silver mining town. After the price of silver dropped, the town turned into a ghost town by 1904.
In 1951, Walter Knott, founder of Knott's Berry Farm, bought the town and restored it. Calico Ghost Town will seem very familiar if you've been to the Knott's version.
In 1966, Walter Knott gave the town to San Bernardino County, California.
Both towns have their Bottle House.
For you old time Knott's fans that miss the long gone Haunted Shack, this Calico still has one called the Mystery Shack.
Above is a partial overview of Calico. The town extends farther to the right out of the photo. Calico is slightly more than one street with original, restored and recreated buildings housing stores, gift shops, restaurants and museums.
At the end of the street, you'll find the old Calico Schoolhouse. You can't go inside but you can look through the windows.
The day I was there, the sheriff put on a quick draw and shooting exhibition.
For an additional fee, you can take a ride on the Calico and Odessa Railroad (above) for a very scenic tour of some historic areas just outside the main town, take a tour of the Maggie Mine or go through the Mystery Shack mentioned above.
Other things you can find at Calico Ghost Town:
-Camping near the entrance to town - if you want to stay longer than than a one day road trip.
-Various events - The Ghost Haunt is taking place this month, Heritage Fest at the end of November, Christmas in Calico in December. See their website for all the info.
Road Trip details:
Mileage from Monrovia, CA: About 115 miles.
Travel time: About 2.5 hours depending on traffic.
Calico Ghost Town is out in the desert. Depending on when you go, it could get very hot or very cold. Dress accordingly.
*I have since re-visited Calico Ghost Town and a new set of photos can be found here in a post dated February 10, 2013.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
While doing some volunteer work on the Bill Cull trail in Monrovia Canyon Park, I saw some of the damage from the recent August 23rd fire up close. The trail (that starts at the entrance station) is closed and will be for some time. Without vegetation, the slope just continues to slide down over the trail.
I did see a couple things that, to me at least, seemed pretty amazing. The background in the photo above was thick vegetation, now all that is completely gone. Somehow the lower bunch of leaves on this tree escaped the fire despite being on the same branch, and right next to, the blackened leaves.
Anyway, enjoy the park and the other trails but please give this section some time to recover.
More tomorrow showing evidence of the resiliency of Mother Nature.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This weekend (Saturday and Sunday October 9th and 10th) is the 47th annual Celebrate The Arts Festival here in Monrovia. The event is being held in Library Park and the hours are 10am to 6 pm both days.
The event is free and features many different types of fine art on display and for sale along with live entertainment and food booths. The event is presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. You can find more info on their website here.
Sorry about the image quality, all I had with me was my trusty cell phone camera.