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Bagpipes, a Whale’s Tail, and an Old Chapel

As part of the Peculiar Things theme, I’ll periodically share forgotten surprises (read: images) that upload themselves from my various devices to a space in the cloud. This week’s images come from California: Redwood City, Ventura, and San Diego. Molly’s… Continue Reading →

Olivas Adobe Park

This Adobe was primarily owned by two families throughout its long history: the Olivas family and the Fleischmann family. It is one of the few two-story Monterey style California Adobes still in existence. Not unlike the Adobe Catalina Verdugo, the… Continue Reading →

Ventura’s Sui Mon Gong

When I first visited Ventura, I failed to notice China Alley… even though it was less than 50-feet away from the area I explored. This part of Ventura’s history is hidden behind brick buildings, tile fountains, and somewhat obscured behind… Continue Reading →

10th Annual Pirate Festival

Arrrr… and welcome to the Ventura Aarghbor Village, and with that we were warmly welcomed to the area. It was early in the morning and the droves of people still had not arrived. This is what we were told, and… Continue Reading →

Inside the Church at Buenaventura

In 2010, when I first visited Mission San Buenaventura, there was a Sunday mass in progress so I didn’t get a chance to explore inside the Mission church. During this visit in 2015, the opposite was the case… the church… Continue Reading →

Ventura Beach

We spent a lot of time walking along this beach… morning, noon, and night. It’s a beautiful beach, especially at night where the smell of camp fires and ocean really do a good job of helping you relax. Once you… Continue Reading →

Hollywood to Ventura (70 miles)

Remember last year’s roadtrip to Big Sur and Monterey along the West Coast Highway? Well, this is the Southern California (SoCal) version of that journey; we drove North along the coastal Route 1 from Los Angeles towards Santa Barbara and… Continue Reading →

Mission San Buenaventura

Founded on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782 Mission San Buenaventura was the sixth of 21 missions and the last to be dedicated by Father Junipero Serra (statue is seen in the photo below). It has seen more of its share… Continue Reading →

Surfer’s Point, Ventura

Surfer’s Point is located at Seaside Park in Ventura, California (by the Ventura County Fairgrounds). It also happens to be the location of a managed retreat. When shorelines become ravaged by the ocean, cities usually respond by building a sea… Continue Reading →

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