Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
This is the entrance to its office. There is no mistake of where you were from the display outside.
A blimp and a zeppelin are both filled with helium and steerable; however, a zeppelin has a metal frame whereas a blimp will lose its shape once it is deflated.
From memory, I believe, the top airship in the picture is the Hindenburg at 803 ft (245 m), the largest airship ever built.
The airship I was visiting on this day is the 4th one down at 246 ft. (75 m).
For local residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might have seen the Farmers Insurance advertisement on this ship at one time. Sponsors change ever so often so you will never know what you will see advertised next.
Due to the cost, I still hope one-day be able to take a flight in it, but for now, I will have to enjoy the 360-degree view from its website here.
Posted by AVCr8teur at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
This observatory came about because of a dream of one man, Griffith J. Griffith. Yes, his first and last names were the same. He made his fortune in silver mines and real estate in the late 1800's. He purchased this hilltop land for his home and later decided to donate over 3,000 acres (1,214+ hectares) of it to the city of Los Angeles to build a public park. Later, he donated $100,000 to the city to build an observatory in 1912, but due to many delays, it wasn't completed until 1930 and unfortunately, Griffith never got to see his dream fulfilled when he passed away in 1919.
His and his wife, Susan's, contribution to the observatory, gave name to this theater.
A 20-minute film shown daily called "The Once and Future Griffith Observatory" narrated by Mr. Nimoy should not missed if you ever happened to visit.
During my visit, I swear everyone who passed by wanted a picture with him.
If I recall correctly, the reason for his pose states that merely placing a finger inches away from your eyes, you would have covered thousands if not millions of stars in the night sky.
Many movies have been filmed on this land, but the classic 1955 movie "Rebel Without a Cause" starring James Dean was the first one to portray the observatory and contribute positively to the observatory's international reputation.
Have you seen a movie that was filmed here? If you are not sure, check out this list.
Posted by AVCr8teur at 4:41 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Sunday, October 07, 2012
At 1,943 feet (592 meters), it is the deepest lake in the United States and the 7th in the world.
From the history books, it says Crater Lake was formed over 7,700 years ago when the volcano on Mount Mazama erupted and then collapsed. This area receives heavy snow annually and the melting of the snow fills the lake.
The drive around the rim is a 33 mile loop so you can get a view of the lake and its geology from different angles.
Since we brought our dog with us, we could not stay here and had to lodge at a more modest location.
Posted by AVCr8teur at 12:00 AM
Friday, October 05, 2012
Luckily, during my visit, it was low-tide.
During high-tide, this area overflows with ocean water and people can't walk to or from the lighthouse.
It was closed by the time I reached the lighthouse so it not clear if this lighthouse is still operational or if it is just a museum now.
Posted by AVCr8teur at 9:57 AM