The Donut Man on Route 66 in Glendora, California

Lex sez:

On Route 66 in Los Angeles County as it cuts through the town of Glendora, California, there is a shop that’s definitely worth stopping for if you’re feeling hungry.  That would be The Donut Man, which has been serving donuts for over 40 years!

This is a place that has received a lot of attention from national and international media, including features on The Food Channel and The Cooking Channel.  One look in their window and you can see why! Continue reading

Springtime at Lake Balboa

Neek sez:

The ducks were a little feisty when Lex and I visited Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley, California.  A boy and his grandparents were feeding them with loaves of bread which made them go a little crazy.  The lake is filled with reclaimed water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and has been a home for ducks, geese, cormorants, seagulls, turtles, and fish.

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Abandoned Earthquake Ruins – Olive View Hospital

Lex sez:

As a child growing up in Southern California, I was always fascinated with earthquakes.  In particular, I was interested in the February 9, 1971 earthquake which measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and had an epicenter in Sylmar.

It happened before I was born and my parents always talked about how scary it was living in a nearby North Hollywood apartment with a newborn baby!  Continue reading

Traveling the World in One Day! – The 2017 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

Neek sez:

Lex and I walked through 7 continents including Antarctica.  We also skydived over the Colorado River, rode on a gentle camel, and were mesmerized by two South Korean characters who beckoned us to the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games.

We did all of this in only one day at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show which took place at the LA Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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The Preserved 1920’s Mansion of Western Movie Star, William S. Hart

Lex sez:

When Neek and I first walked into the William S. Hart Museum foyer, two immediate impressions of the man formed for me: his love of art and his love of the Old West.  This 10,000 square foot Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion completed in 1927 was designed by Arthur Roland Kelly, who was also responsible for designing the Arthur Letts, Jr. estate in Holmby Hills, more popularly known as The Playboy Mansion where Hugh Hefner lives.  I noticed that along the spiral staircase leading up to the second story, there were beautiful paintings of Western motifs.  It seemed very inviting, but Neek and I decided to explore downstairs first.

Usually they have guided tours, but Neek and I happened to arrive on a day where they were presenting the place “open house style.”

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The First Western Movie Star – William S. Hart

Neek sez:

William S. Hart was not always a western movie star.  He first started acting on stage in New York City doing Shakespearean roles but he was most well-known for his portrayal of Messala in the original 1899 theatre production of “Ben Hur”.

William S. Hart was already 50 years old when he transitioned to silent films.  His choice to work in Westerns was greatly influenced by his childhood memories of traveling the Old West with his father, Nicholas Hart, a machinist who dreamt of owning a grist mill.

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One Man’s Vision of the West – Old Trapper’s Lodge Folk Art

Lex sez:

In the interior of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, there is a fascinating collection of statues, fake tombstones and other examples of folk art.  These are what remain of Old Trapper’s Lodge.  It took Neek and me a long time driving around to find it, but hidden in a more rural section of the college where a rooster was crowing loudly, we finally stumbled onto it.

Entering the display, two things caught my attention right away.  One was the historical plaque for California Registered Historical Landmark #939.  This told the story of John Ehn (1897-1981), who was a trapper before moving to California, who opened a motel near the Burbank airport at Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road called the Old Trapper’s Lodge in 1941.  Continue reading