Nothing like a week from hell to get you in the mood to get away. So two books I received as birthday presents were the perfect medicine for me.
One is DISCOVER HISTORIC CALIFORNIA by George and Jean Roberts. This cover is the older edition. This book has 1800 entries of places you can visit all over California. The back blurb says that the book covers ghost towns, historic museums and buildings, lighthouses, pony express stops, historic towns, gold mines, ivctorian homes, restored adobes, missions, stage stops, presidios, and more. Definitely a great book to spend a lazy Sunday with, dreaming and planning my next trip. I find that local trips are some of the best to take. It's always been hard for me to get enthused about doing these in the past few years though, because it can take an eternity just to get out of the Los Angeles basin at the beginning of a trip. Now that I'm a little bit out of the center of gridlock, maybe I'll have a better chance of hitting these places.
I plan on writing about some of the entries in this book, so stay tuned.
The other book is one of the Images of America book: this one is on Lone Pine.
My friend Kristin, who gave me these two books, knows I'm looking forward to going to the Lone Pine Film Festival that runs October 6-8. I've never been there and can't wait to go. For more information on the Lone Pine Film Festival, go here.
One of our readers, Ed Hulse, is an expert on the history of Lone Pine in the movies and has written a book, LONE PINE IN THE MOVIES. He is also very familiar with the film festival, to say the least. Maybe we can talk him into doing a guest blog.