Another Vintage Bit of Historic Route 66 in Monrovia

In addition to being home to the fabulous Aztec Hotel, Monrovia also has an awesome vintage gas station located on what is now a wide, side-street (Shamrock Ave.), just north of Huntington Drive. The building looks so preservation-worthy to me . . . so every now and then I stop … Continue reading

Surfridge, LAX, and the El Segundo Blue

I once worked in El Segundo, a small city bordered to the north by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and to the west by remnants of the demolished Playa Del Rey/Surfridge neighborhood, perched on the cliffs above Vista Del Mar (Pacific Coast Highway, aka PCH). Sometimes on my lunch hour, … Continue reading

Guest Post: Growing up in the Foothills, Sunland’s Lancaster Lake (final part of 4)

AND SO IT GOES . . . BOYS, BEER AND THE  LAKE’S DEMISE As the years passed and we became older, we were no longer attracted to the joys of Lancaster Lake for the same reasons we were when we were younger. Such things as bailing out the rental boats … Continue reading

Guest Post: Growing up in the Foothills, Sunland’s Lancaster Lake (part 3 of 4)

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO LANCASTER LAKE As I mentioned in Parts 1 and 2 of the Lancaster Lake story, much of the economic viability of this carved-out-of-the-soil recreational lake depended on attracting the general public to rent boats or pay to go fishing. Another income source was the occasional use of … Continue reading