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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Columbia

Today we are going to take a good look at the Columbia. It is a beautiful ship and I never get tired of watching her sail past me.

I sat upstairs, towards the back at the Hungry Bear to drink something cold and cool down a bit since it was a miserably hot and humid day. I actually sat there for quite a while and watched the Columbia come and go, taking turns with the majestic Mark Twain before deciding to take a few photos.

A quick look back to where she came from...

One last shot before she disappears down the river.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Route 66 and The West

The Autry Museum had some very cool exhibits the day I visited. I'll give you a grief glimpse of what I saw but I have to say that I was very disappointed that photography was not allowed in most of the exhibit halls. Phooey.

Upon arrival, I saw this ginormous sign.

As you can seem there were three exhibits and I was excited to see them all. However, before entering the museum there are two gorgeous sculptures for everyone to enjoy whether you go into the museum or not.

The first sculpture depicts the pony express. The second depicts Gene Autry.

Before walking into the building, you can quickly check out the schedule and decide if you want to buy a ticket or not.

The first exhibit I saw was all about Route 66. I have to tell you it is GREAT! There was even a section about Walt Disney and Disneyland. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed and I couldn't even do my super secret ninja photo shoot from the hip thing because they had docents standing and watching people EVERYWHERE!

The second exhibit dealt with Native American bead work and once again, no photos were allowed. I have always, always, always been in love with Native American bead work so once again, this exhibit was very interesting and exciting for me.

The third exhibit dealt with how the West was portrayed by Hollywood. Photography was allowed here so I took shots of a few things that I thought might interest y'all.

This Eskimo totem was almost 12 feet tall!

I'm not sure how this motorcycle portrays the West but it is an Indian cycle so maybe that's the tie in? Beautiful bike, though!

I love eagles so this sculpture caught my eye. At first I thought it was carved of wood but no, it's a metal sculpture.

"You lookin' at me?"

This jacket is from the late 1880s and it was worn by Buffalo Bill!

This is from the section on singing cowboys....I only took it because when I was little, I mean LITTLE, we had one.

The details on this saddle AMAZED me. Talk about intricate! I feel sorry for the horse that had to wear it as I'm sure it is extremely heavy.

Next, I got to see the costume for the original Tonto.

And what exhibit about the West would be complete without Michael Jackson "Western" boots???

Oh ya, and the glove...

One of the last set of costumes are from the remake of the Lone Ranger.

I guess they saved the best cowboy for last....one of Clint Eastwood's costumes.

I explored the gift shop and they had quite an assortment of very unique and beautiful items but this cracked me up.

That's it for now, folks.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Historic Lake Elsinore

The historic section of Lake Elsinore isn't very big, maybe a mile in length, but it is very quaint and worth stopping by for a bite to eat and a little exploration. As I started down Main Street, I noticed a sign that said I was on historc Route 395. I made a mental note to look it up when I got home and this is what I found. I had no idea!

The first thing that caught my eye was the grand old building you see below.

I pulled up in front of the building to get a better look. Pretty cool, huh?
This was built in 1923.

I continued down the street, snapping a few pics as I went along. See what I mean about quaint? And cute!

At the end Main Street, you make a quick right turn and you are right at the lake.

I decided to turn back towards Main Street so I could take a few more pictures going in the other direction. As I was driving, I saw two lots on two different streets with walls and arches like the one below. I have no idea what they were for or what they represented but they caught my eye so I took the picture.

Now I'm back on Main Street headed towards the freeway. I love the look of these old buildings.

I think you could easily spend a few hours exploring the shops and then getting something to eat at one of several restaurants on this street.

Here's that cool building again. But wait...I found something else!

About a block up the street, I saw this. I had to pull up in front to get a good look and there was a placque that said this building was made in 1887!

After passing the building I got back on the freeway but I spotted something else - a cool older home, probably built in the late 1920s. I know these photos aren't the best but my excuse is that I took them on the fly while I was getting on the freeway!

Ya, I know, I'm nuts.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I finally saw Maleficent!

Oh man, what a GOOD movie!!! My son took me to the El Capitan and we had a great time. He was very impressed by the movie which surprised me because it takes a lot to impress him!

A few days ago, I posted some photos of the Snow White Cafe which is about 2 blocks from the El Capitan but I wanted to save my Maleficent photos for a separate blog post.

One of the advantages of waiting to see the movie is that we had the ENTIRE display area to ourselves!

That was so much fun! I thought the 3D was very good; not too crazy and it didn't give me a headache. I want to see the movie again and I will soon