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

Guest Post: Growing up in the Foothills, Sunland’s Lancaster Lake (part 2 of 4)

MORE TO LANCASTER LAKE THAN JUST MUDDY WATERS When “Grandpa” Lancaster first opened his lake to the public in 1925, swimming, as well as fishing and boating, were the main attractions. To the dismay of most kids (and by the time I came along in the late 1930s), swimming was … Continue reading