By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 6/16/2019
Topics/Keywords: #California Page Views: 1776
All about the visits I've made to California.
California state flag

When I was 5 years old, the first state other than New Jersey I ever heard of, was California. That's because Disneyland, featured every afternoon on the Mickey Mouse Show, was in California. I had no idea where California was; but I wanted to go to Disneyland.

It was many years later, with my grandson Zach, that I finally got to go to Disneyland. And it was amazing. But so is, as it turns out, the whole state. And now that I live in Arizona, it's almost convenient to visit!

Death Valley

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #California #DeathValley Page Views: 1861
A few photos of Death Valley, California.

Hot? In summer, yes. (But it's a dry heat!) Desolate? Certainly. A terrific place to tan? You betcha! When you are tired of visiting the usual places, a trip to Death Valley is the closest thing to visiting another planet most of us will ever experience.

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Hooray for Hollywood!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/8/2008
Topics: #California #Cruise #Hollywood #RoyalCaribbean #Travel Page Views: 3883
All about our visit to Hollywood.

Our cruise over, and Magic Mountain closed, we packed the rented van for the last time and headed back south for Hollywood. Mary wanted to see the homes of the stars, so Karen had spent an hour on the computer copying down addresses. With the GPS, all I had to do was enter in the destination address—the GPS "knew" our current position—and tell it to go. Almost instantly, it would display a map and recite directions, turn by turn. If I made a mistake, it would say, "Recalculating!" without a trace of frustration and gently prod us back onto the correct route.

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Malibu, California

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #California #Malibu #Travel #USA Page Views: 449
My adventures and photos in Malibu, California.

One of California's gems, Malibu is relatively isolated, even today, as access is primarily via the Pacific Coast Highway rather than an Interstate. It is separated from the rest of California by a chain of mountains; and not until 1929 was the Pacific Coast Highway even built. On the other hand, it is relatively close to Hollywood; and so became a refuge of sorts for crowd-weary celebrities who wanted to frolic in the sun and surf in private. However, today, as an off-the-beaten-path yet well-known tourist destination, the towns and beaches are filled with visitors, with wealthy foreign tourists in prominent display. However, I would go for the spectacular scenery and awesome hiking.

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Santa Catalina Island

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #California #SantaCatalinaIsland Page Views: 1069
Only 26 miles across the sea…

Santa Catalina Island lies 26 miles off the California coast, more-or-less west of Newport Beach. One flies there on a helicopter, or sails on a pedestrian ferry.

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Yosemite

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #California #YosemiteNationalPark Page Views: 2041
A visit to Yosemite National Park in California. Photos and text.

Yosemite is such a popular park that much of it is too crowded…almost as bad as Disney World. Fortunately, there are less-traveled spots. The high country in the eastern part of the park is exquisite and lonely, especially if you are willing to leave your car and hike a little.

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