Tagged With "california"

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Re: California Gardens 2017: Gold Country, Part I

DrFumblefinger ·
Luv your garden posts! They've taught me to look at the micro of a garden, not just the overview. Thanks for this!
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Re: California Gardens 2017: Gold Country, Part I

PortMoresby ·
A nice observation, DrF, both aspects of the "art" I speak of.
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Re: June 1, 2019: Snow Plant, California

Professorabe ·
Amazing ... I had never heard of them.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.5: Newport Pier, Newport Beach, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

Theodore Behr ·
Wish I hadn't been away last week. I actually knew this one!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Don't get left out again! You can follow Gumbo on your mobile device...it comes up formatted for tiny-screen use, but if you have enough screen (most smartphones do) click on settings and choose "standard view," or use the menu to select "Desktop view."
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

DrFumblefinger ·
I didn't even know that, PHeymont! About the cell phone view, I mean.
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Re: Baja California: La Paz — John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl”

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, TravelandNature! AeroMexico has pretty regularly scheduled flights into La Paz, though through Mexico City, so you'll have to connect. Worth checking major search engines like Expedia or Kayak, though, because it is a rather long drive, though I enjoy the desert scenery of Baja California.
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

IslandMan ·
A well written and informative blog piece Dr F...I agree with you that zoos should not be abandoned. There is a place for them especially when it comes to protecting endangered species. The San Diego Zoo certainly looks like a great place to visit and the variety of animals there is a regular Noah's Ark (good to see a few Aussie Koalas). You've captured some amazing shots in the gallery too.
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks IslandMan! Probably the rarest animal at the zoo is the California Condor. Only the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos exhibit these birds and were instrumental in saving them from extinction. With only a few dozen birds left in the wild, a controversial decision was made several decades ago to capture them all and place the remaining birds in these two zoos for a captive breeding program. They now number several hundred and are slowly being re-introduced into the wild, with limited...
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

Travel Rob ·
Great photos and glad to hear the Condor is making a comeback.i still visit zoos all over and both the San Diego and LA Zoos are two of my favorites.The old advertising for the San Diego Zoo was <You belong in the Zoo and the Zoo belongs to you.
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

Andre Pur ·
I really love the Panda, I'm so happy when i see those bears Thank you for the pictures they are really lovely .
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you, Andre! This was the third zoo I've ever seen giant pandas in. And by far it was the best one. They had two pandas, in separated but adjoining enclosures (one male, one female). Both were sitting there eating bamboo and seemed to enjoy watching the throng of people walking by them. It was as though the zoo's visitors were there to entertain the pandas, rather than the other way around. As for bears, I'm always happier to see them in a zoo than on a hiking trail in the Rockies...
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Re: Put your (eight) arms around me...

PortMoresby ·
I've been to the MB Aquarium once, fantastic, but I think it's time for another visit. And I know two 7 year old girls who will want to come along. Thanks for this!
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Re: Put your (eight) arms around me...

DrFumblefinger ·
I love aquariums and (of the ones I've visited, this one's my favorite) Nice to know they're putting up this interesting exhbiit.
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Re: Newport Coast sign, Newport Beach, California

Travel Rob ·
For some reason your Newport sign makes me think of the famous Laguna beach Greeter.Eiler Larson, who lived quite a life .Although I am too young to remember him , the stories my parents told and seeing his replacement several times bring back great memories. Reminds you what effect people have on tourism too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiler_Larsen
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Re: My Secret Place

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a beautiful place and I think you've got it right. Like you, I love to explore. Take my time, soak it all in, and capture what I can with my camera. Thanks for sharing this! And welcome to TravelGumbo!
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Re: My Secret Place

MmGood ·
I want to do this hike with you! It's beautiful!!!!
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Re: Welcome to The Golden State.

PortMoresby ·
Later today, after I'd posted this photo, I was watching the local 6:00 news, Sacramento. A fire had started in Lincoln, NE of Sacramento, a yard full of trucks engulfed and spreading into grass, moving toward a subdivision. A spotter plane left the Grass Valley Base, flew over my house and I looked to see what it was. About 10 minutes later the news helicopter showed it arriving low over the fire to inspect it. I went out again to watch the next plane, a retardant tanker, possibly the one...
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Re: Welcome to The Golden State.

PortMoresby ·
Currently estimated at 32,00 acres in size, the Butte Fire is now burning 1 mile from Mokelumne Hill. While I have no doubt the tiny town will be saved, your best view of it at the moment may be here , on TravelGumbo. More details on the CalFire site.
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Re: Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

Travel Rob ·
Thanks, you made us feel like we are on the journey with you!Can't wait for the rest of your Roadtrip!
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Re: Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

DrFumblefinger ·
Agree with you, Rob! Thank you, PM, for letting us sit in the back seat of your road trip! Can't wait to see where we drive to next. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? (I was an annoying kid)
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Re: Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

PHeymont ·
And what a great teaser headline!
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Re: Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

TravelingCanuck ·
What an interesting place. Looking at the city on Google maps it certainly has that institutional utility look of a government facility. If not knowing it was the Mendocino State Hospital I would have thought it was an old military base. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

TravelGirlJenn ·
I'm on board with this ban! In fact, I wish selfies themselves would get banned altogether. My most recent favorite examples are the two girls in Rome who took a selfie after vandalizing the Coliseum and the tourist who took a smiling selfie at Auschwitz last year. Alas, narcissism wins out apparently. I still have never understood this craze. Doesn't help that I absolutely despise my picture being taken--I'm not about to do it to myself willingly!
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

PHeymont ·
I think I'm not against selfies, per se, since in a way they're not so different from a smiling picture of a couple at the Eiffel Tower or London Bridge (although, asking someone to please take our picture together is an added bit of human contact). It's less the idea of a picture of one's self than the intrusion of the stick and the habit of taking dozens of selfies. I've seen people who appear to take no pictures in which they are not the center....
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

TravelGirlJenn ·
Right. I guess that's what irks me the most. On my trip two years ago I watched people enter sites just to take a selfie and leave. I suppose its their money, but it seemed so wasteful. While yes, before people would go to the Eiffel Tower, have someone take their picture and may or may not call it "done!" but they seemed to linger longer, too. Now it almost is like, "Pic-done! Post to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/All of the Above--done! Now we must leave!" It is changing travel, I...
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

PortMoresby ·
"I still have never understood this craze." While I cannot be sure either, 2 words come to mind, self-absorbed lemmings. And though self-absorption may not necessarily be a sin, combined with lack of creativity, it becomes dire.
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

DrFumblefinger ·
I do find the sticks waving with iPhones attached slightly annoying, but not nearly as bothersome as those trying to sell them. While in Rome last month, this was the latest thing that the guys on the street were trying to sell. We must have been approached 100 times in one day by folks insisting we get a selfie stick from them. Your life can not possibly continue unless you buy their selfie-stick! Gets to be incredibly tiresome and very much was straining my patience by the end of the day.
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

Travel Rob ·
DrFumblefinger -See there is a good purpose for getting one and carrying it! It keeps all the other selfie stick salespeople away!
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Re: Keep it to yourself! Selfie-stick bans spread

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: DrFumblefinger -See there is a good purpose for getting one and carrying it! It keeps all the other selfie stick salespeople away! I never thought of it Rob, but a selfie-stick would be great to beat back all those hustlers with!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 25, 2015: Форт-Росс (Fort Ross)

Marilyn Jones ·
I didn't know this history about California and I find it very interesting. I love to visit state and national historic sites; they offer such insight into America's complex history! Thank you for a great post!
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Jonathan L ·
I love In-n-out burgers. My ongoing comparison and self-argument is whether or not In-n-Out is better than Five Guys burgers on the east coast. Also a very limited menu - burgers and fries, that is it. Both are real good
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Travel Rob ·
I grew up on the burgers and they always have been consistently good. It's been interesting to see how popular they've have become attracting visitors from all over as a must see stop.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Samantha ·
Thanks for making me miss one of my favorite eateries in CA, lol Wish they would bring them out here to CO. Maybe someday. In the meantime, we usually hit them as soon as we land in LA, lol.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for all of your comments. I agree with Samantha. In-n-out as soon as you can, although a good Mexican food meal might beat it out once in awhile!
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

PHeymont ·
I'm gonna get killed, here, I know it, but I would rank In-n-Out in a class with Wendy's. Thin patties, no juiciness, nothing to write home about. After years of hearing about them from West Coast friends, the reality was so disappointing...
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

DrFumblefinger ·
That analogy, PHeymont, is like equating the quality of pineapple or papaya picked and consumed in the tropics with the stuff you buy at your corner grocery store in Brooklyn. If it's a thicker patty you're looking for, I suggest the meatloaf sandwich at a local deli.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Samantha ·
Pheymont, when I was in CA I could take it or leave it, but now that I am away I want it all the time So annoying, lol.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

PHeymont ·
DrFumblefinger, I'm not sure we agree on which is which in your analogy...but I certainly wouldn't compare In-n-Out with a roadside fruitstand on the Big Island! Well, as they say, " À chacun son goût !"
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Jonathan L ·
Sorry Paul, I disagree. First let's remember that we a talking fast food, not a burger from a bistro or steak house. But Wendy's - home of the hot and greasy? No way!
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

GarryRF ·
On my recent trip to the US I found 5 Guys fast and good. An attractive young lady on roller skates brings your order out to your car. I'm sure she works in Hooters too ! In Wendys I had to get more napkins to catch all the grease running down my arm. Awful place. In Cracker Barrel - which has always been great - the meatloaf went back with cardboard and sellotape in it. The Waitress noticed my English accent -apologized - and said "Well, you're only passing through" The Manager came out too...
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

PHeymont ·
My California friends always spoke o f it with reverence, not as fast or junk food, and thatbset my expectations. And note that the headline of this blog sets the same view. But now it sounds as if it is being offered as best of a generally bad lot, NOT what a hamburger is "all about!"
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

TravelGirlJenn ·
#&^%@! Now I want In N Out! I'm fortunate to have one less than a mile from me. I actually don't eat there that often, but when I get that craving, its all over! I like Five Guys as well. What I like about them is that you do seem to get more for your buck as a "small" fry is practically half a bag and the small burgers are huge. Heading off to eat a salad. How boring.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about food, although in this case yours is a minority view. The title was a bit of an inside joke. In-n-Out uses this in its promotional material....as in this brief video clip.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

GarryRF ·
I looked on a comparison site for Burgers. It seems that most people who have a passion for In-N-Out are from California. One 5* Review guy wrote " I go to bed at night I dreaming of In-N-Out burgers" Wonderful passion for a Football Team maybe. But a burger ? Very sad.
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Re: THAT's what a Hamburger's all about....

Travel Rob ·
I had a lot of fun eating at In -N -Out last couple of months. Don't forget to ask for "animal style fries" at least once.
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Re: June 8, 2016: Dockweiler State Beach and Park, CA

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! One of my favorite things in California was taking a bike ride along the beach and seeing that side of LAX. The best part is it's pretty empty!
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Re: It wasn't scary enough, so now...no floor!

Ava ·
This is becoming more common with some older coasters, and most fans enjoy it. I'm not crazy about it, but at least it's different.
 
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