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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Random Photo - August 2005

This has always been one of my favorite buildings
on Main Street.

No matter what time of day or what season, I always stop to admire it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Random photo

I haven't been to the Parks in ages and every once in a while I go though my photos and pout, LOL. Here we have a shot taken from a balcony at the Grand Californian.

I figured that since I haven't been doing much of anything, I could at least post random photos once in a while, right?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Out in the desert...

This visit took place in January and while I started uploading photos as soon as I got home, I forgot all about writing the post to go with it! Call me crazy but it seems that ever since I started working from home, I don't have time to do anything.

Route 66. I love the images that pop into my head whenever I see or hear of it. My friends are big Route 66 buffs and every time they come out to California, they take me on an adventure in search of Route 66 tidbits. One such tidbit is Roy's Motel and Cafe. It is slowly being restored and truly a delight to see if you are into Route 66 history.

We drove from Palm Springs on a clear, cold, windy day (perfect!) and I was genuinely thrilled when we drove up and saw the giant sign.

The little cabins have all been freshly painted on the outside and here and there you can see signs of a slow but diligent restoration.

Upon closer inspection, I found that one of the doors was unlocked and I couldn't resist a closer look....so yes, I went inside.

There wasn't much to see but I was glad that there were still original bathroom fixtures inside and I was actually quite surprise at how big the individual cabins were. You walked into a small living room and then there was a bedroom with a large closet and a bathroom that was a good size.

You have to admit...this is pretty cool looking!

The lobby was locked and appeared to be frozen in the late 1960s.

I really dig the sign, as you can tell.

The diner has been semi-restored. There is no functioning kitchen and I don't know if they plan to restore it but at least the dining area is fixed up and it looks really cool.

After doing a little Internet digging, I found out that the entire town of Amboy is owned by the person that owns a chain of restaurants called Juan Pollo. I've never eaten at Juan Pollo but I will give them a try. I like supporting his efforts to restore Roy's Diner and Motel!

Our next stop was just a couple of miles down the road. It is known as the Amboy Crater and up until that day I had never heard of it but my friends from Florida knew about it. Isn't that always the way? Out of town visitors know cool things about your state that you had no idea existed.

So anyway...the Amboy Crater turned out to be pretty cool.

There is a paved trail you can take but we didn't so I can't tell you if it circles the crater or not.
We only stayed about 15 minutes and then hit the road again.

Until next time....

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Riverwalk continued...

Are you still wondering where I am? It's called Riverwalk Parkway and it is a jewel of a place. So tranquil.

If I had not been wearing my good jeans, I would have gone out on those rocks (above) to sit for a spell!

Wow, we have our very own Stonehenge, lol.

You have to admit, that's an odd looking rock...I'm just saying...


I was surprised to find that I had only been in the park 20 minutes but it felt like I had been there a couple of hours. It really did wonders for me. I hope you enjoyed the pics. I found a couple of other posts that I had started back in January and never finished so those will be up soon. I promise!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Finding inner peace, outside.

So as you know, I have a little gig working from home and I have to say that it's hard being stuck at home all day. It really is. Oh sure, you get to throw in a load of laundry or grab a snack but once you clock out, you are sill.....home...inside the house....haven't seen the light of day.  It's starting to get to me.

On Saturday I woke up at my usual time (6:30) and I went into the kitchen to make some coffee. All of my roommates were dead (asleep) and I knew they would remain so for several hours. I showered, got dressed, grabbed my coffee and my purse and got in the car and started driving with no particular destination in mind. If only I had my Disneyland pass. (insert big sob here)

I had heard about a park close by so I drove there and decided to walk around a bit. I am so glad I did. It was early in the morning and there was no one around except for ducks of all shapes and sizes. Within minutes I began to feel the tension melt away. This is what I needed. I walked out on to a little bridge towards a gazebo of sorts to look out over the water and that's when i pulled out my phone to start taking pictures. I had no intention of blogging about this when I arrived at the park but I was enjoying myself immensely and decided to share my little adventure with you.

The white duck noticed me and decided that I was worth investigating so he made a beeline towards me as you will see...

I didn't think anything of it so I started looking around...

And then I noticed he was eyeballing me.

I continued enjoying the view from the gazebo...

I liked the look of the weathered boards and the way the bridge curved....

I continued walking on the path and guess who decided to come out of the water and greet me.

I must admit, I got quite a chuckle out of that duck. Before continuing down the path, I looked back towards the gazebo and took a shot.

After I shot the previous photo, I noticed this homely fellow...He looks like a cross between a duck and a turkey, doesn't he???

I continued walking along the water's edge, just looking at the trees. I find great solace when surrounded by trees. It's weird, I know, but I am always drawn to them.

That's it for now...I took so many pictures on this particular morning that I want to share all of them. Well, maybe not all of them because that would just be waaay too many but most of them. See ya tomorrow!