I love the feel of unhurried graciousness in these scenes of 20s/30s California. This one makes me wish I could drive the T right into it . . .
Look at the smog in the background, Paul. No thanks.
See you Sunday?
Your right. I have heard that the local Indians called this coastal basin some thing like the "Valley of the Smoke." Smog started early . . .
Coastal fog. When the fog begins to burn off it will look like smoke. The true test for smog is if it burns your eyes and hurts when you inhale. That problem has diminished since the 1950's when I left the Los Angeles area.
Interestingly. Ramona really got around! There is a town of Ramona northeast of San Diego. There is a place in Old Town San Diego which was called "Ramona's Marriage place"
I wonder if there was more than one "Ramona".
I was born, raised, and worked in San Gabriel. My parents built our home with a big window looking at the San Gabriel mountains. Gorgeous view!
Once a summer my aunt would visit from New York, always when the smog was at it's worst and you couldn't see the mountains at all. She went to her grave thinking my parents were lying to her about the mountains!
I'm sorry I'm going off topic here.
I will be in San Diego December 11th-14th with the wife. This is the second time for me the first for her. Any ideas on what to do? Neat non-Touristy things?
You can go to Cabrillo National Monument and Mt Soledad which are about 6 miles apart. From each of those locations you get a very good view of the surrounding area all the way from the Laguna Mountains on the east to San Clemente Island (on a clear day)at the west. From south of Tijuana to north of Oceanside to the north and all in between.
You can travel around the world by taking University Ave. from one end to the other. There are small settlements of almost every gender, race, and ethnic group along that route. You can go to Little Italy just north of downtown for Italian food or to Old Town for Mexican food and touristy things. You can visit the gas light area for a taste of night life.
There is a good automobile museum in Balboa Park and also next to it the Air and space museum. The Air and Space museum is in a building which used to be called the Ford Building and is built in the shape of a V8 emblem. There is also a new library downtown with a school inside it.
I could go on and on.
The southern end of Point Loma is the USN submarine base called Ballast Point. Sometimes they open the base and one of the boats to visitors. You could check that out if you're interested.
Paul is right. Even before Europeans arrived the LA basin natives called it "The valley of smoke".