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

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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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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

The Metro and The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

Neek sez:

What?  My metro card needed to be replaced now? Why? But the train’s leaving!  Oh Brother!  Getting my metro card updated was a bit of a hassle but it was finally done and we were off to downtown Los Angeles.

As soon as we got off Pershing Square station, we headed toward The Last Bookstore.  Continue reading

Los Angeles County Fair 2016 – We Came, We Saw, We Ate Too Much!

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One of the highlights of our summer was going to the Los Angeles County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California.  There are so many rides and attractions there, it is truly massive!

We started off by checking out the DIY contestants which included entries for quilts, table settings, wine, beer and baked goodies.  Continue reading

Breakfast with a Flair! – Main Street Station Hotel in Las Vegas

Neek sez:
Whenever we’re in the downtown area of Las Vegas, we like to visit the Main Street Station Casino just two blocks north from the western most entrance to Fremont Street and have a meal at their beautiful buffet.
They may not have the most elaborate buffet in Las Vegas, but arguably they have the most beautifully decorated one. The huge open space is bathed in natural lighting with shiny bright ceiling fans. The Victorian chandeliers once hung in the San Francisco Opera house.

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Fremont Street East – Downtown Las Vegas Outdoor Art Exhibit

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One of the many things I loved about our room at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was the incredible view outside the window of the area known as Fremont Street East.

The first thing I saw when I opened the curtains was the incredibly vibrant mural “The Horned Lizard” by Belgian artist ROA, which shows a horned lizard, also commonly called a horned toad, colorfully squirting a stream of blood out of its eye!  This was just the first of many murals that caught our attention. Continue reading