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2009_CA_LAC_Arboretum165CA -- Arcadia -- LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
2009_CA_LAC_ArboretumA22CA -- Arcadia -- LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden -- Animals
Mostly peacocks and waterfowl.
2009_CA_LAC_ArboretumS52CA -- Arcadia -- LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden -- Historic Structures
2010_CA_RSABG55CA -- Claremont -- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
2014_CA_Marshall_Gold_SHP221CA -- Coloma -- Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
2014_CA_Marshall_Gold_SHPX96CA -- Coloma -- Marshall Gold Discovery SHP -- Exhibits
2013_CA_Death_Valley34CA -- Death Valley Natl Park
2012_CA_Death_Valley130CA -- Death Valley Natl Park
2009_CA_Death_Valley53CA -- Death Valley Natl Park
It was 111 degrees the day I was there.
2002_CA_Death_Valley7CA -- Death Valley Natl Park
Including a meandering coyote
2000_CA_Death_Valley29CA -- Death Valley Natl Park
I visited this park four days after being snowed on at Crater Lake. It was 106 degrees in the valley.

Despite worries about my car (which did just fine), this was a fascinating place to visit. You can see the lowest place in the western hemisphere, which is 282 feet below sea level, and feel the...
2012_CA_Death_Valley_FC135CA -- Death Valley Natl Park -- Furnace Creek
Includes the Furnace Creek Inn and the Borax Museum
2009_CA_Scotty210CA -- Death Valley Natl Park -- Scotty's Castle
2002_CA_Scotty19CA -- Death Valley Natl Park -- Scotty's Castle
2009_CA_Postpile35CA -- Devils Postpile National Monument
1984_CA_SDWild17CA -- Escondido -- San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
2008_CA_SDWild_A80CA -- Escondido -- San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park -- Animals
2008_CA_SDWild_E59CA -- Escondido -- San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park -- Not animals
2008_CA_SDWild_S39CA -- Escondido -- San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park -- Shows
2009_CA_GlendaleC53CA -- Glendale -- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
While he wasn't here yet, this is the cemetery where Michael Jackson was buried in September.

From http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/03/AR2009090303411_pf.html

Michael Jackson's Resting Place Among Greats
Forest Lawn Guards Singer's Privacy in Death
By Sue Manning
Associ...
2004_CA_GlendaleC55CA -- Glendale -- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
2002_CA_GlendaleC13CA -- Glendale -- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
2013_CA_Manzanar70CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS
2009_CA_Manzanar76CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS
2002_CA_Manzanar11CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS
Manzanar is still a work in progress. The site was established in Owens Valley (see next item) in 1992 to protect and interpret the Manzanar War Relocation Center, the first of ten permanent internment camps that were set up out west to intern Japanese-Americans during World War II. On February 19, ...
2000_CA_Manzanar18CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS
The new Secretary of Commerce -- Norman Mineta -- is a Japanese-American who was held in an internment ("relocation") camp in Colorado during much of World War II. I ran across the Manzanar site, located ironically near the town of "Independence", in the book and decided to stop by. This is a site "...
2013_CA_Manzanar_VC172CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS -- Visitor Center
2009_CA_Manzanar_VC107CA -- Independence -- Manzanar NHS -- Visitor Center
2017_CA_Joshua_Tree350CA -- Joshua Tree Natl Park
2009_CA_Joshua_Tree120CA -- Joshua Tree Natl Park
It reached 109 degrees this day.
2002_CA_Joshua_Tree12CA -- Joshua Tree Natl Park
I'm not sure what I thought the attraction of Joshua Tree would be. At this point, I was pretty tired of deserts. I think the main reason I wanted to go there was because of a the title of the "Joshua Tree" U2 album.

The park is mostly known for its groves a Joshua trees (surprise!). I asked the ra...
2017_CA_Joshua_TreeVC73CA -- Joshua Tree Natl Park -- Visitor Centers
2009_CA_Kings_Canyon27CA -- Kings Canyon Natl Park
2004_CA_Kings_Canyon17CA -- Kings Canyon Natl Park
2010_CA_Descanso111CA -- La Canada Flintridge -- Descanso Gardens
2013_CA_LA_El_Pueblo62CA -- Los Angeles -- El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
2009_CA_LA_El_Pueblo96CA -- Los Angeles -- El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
2002_CA_LA_El_Pueblo1CA -- Los Angeles -- El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
2011_CA_SciCen100CA -- Los Angeles -- Exposition Park -- California Science Center
2004_CA_SciCen14CA -- Los Angeles -- Exposition Park -- California Science Center
This is a hands-on museum with lots of interactive displays. I only got to see part of it after being told it closed at 9pm when in fact it closed at 5pm. The smoke dish and some of the exhibits were very neat and the kids seemed to enjoy it a lot which was nice.
2011_CA_Exposition55CA -- Los Angeles -- Exposition Park (Expo Center)
2004_CA_Exposition12CA -- Los Angeles -- Exposition Park (Expo Center)
Exposition Park houses a number of LA's museums and events buildings including the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the LA Coliseum, and the California African-American Museum. Also present are thousands of roses. I saw two wedding couples getting their picture...
2014_CA_Getty_Center2CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center
Another view from the road. I still haven't actually visited the place but some day!
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Bldg22CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Bldg
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Garden31CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Garden
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Manu35CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Manuscripts (Touching the Past)
Touching the Past:
The Hand and the Medieval Book:
July 7–September 27, 2015
In the Middle Ages, the hand (manus in Latin) had special status. It was considered the servant of the body and the primary organ of touch. Fingers had exceptional powers of expression and were even said to speak. Manuscr...
2015_CA_Getty_Center_OSculp20CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Outside Sculpture
2015_CA_Getty_Center_PaintR93CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Painting (Religious)
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Paint259CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Paintings
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Rooms161CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Rooms
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Sculp99CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Sculpture
2015_CA_Getty_Center_Vw8CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Center -- Views from...
2014_CA_Getty_Villa1161CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Villa -- 1st Floor
2014_CA_Getty_Villa2229CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Villa -- 2nd Floor
2014_CA_Getty_Villa3101CA -- Los Angeles -- Getty Villa -- Building
2013_CA_GriffithO101CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Observatory
2010_CA_GriffithO105CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Observatory
I come here most years but I'd never actually gotten inside the observatory room. I thought you were always restricted to the viewing booth. Rather cool!
2009_CA_GriffithO147CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Observatory
The little string and ball were illustrating the progress of Apollo 11 which had happened 40 years ago.
The interview was done by local channel 35 with the director (?) of the observatory. I was also interviewed for the piece.
2010_CA_Griffith2CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Park
2009_CA_Griffith9CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Park
2004_CA_Griffith2CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Park
2002_CA_Griffith12CA -- Los Angeles -- Griffith Park
Two visits to the park. One on 6/2/2002 and one on 6/7/2002.
2011_CA_LA_Zoo104CA -- Los Angeles -- LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
2010_CA_LA_LTokyo5CA -- Los Angeles -- Little Tokyo
2009_CA_LA_LTokyo46CA -- Los Angeles -- Little Tokyo
2002_CA_LA_LTokyo2CA -- Los Angeles -- Little Tokyo
2013_CA_LA_Music_Center137CA -- Los Angeles -- Music Center (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc)
Including a tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. They didn't allow photography inside the rest of it.
2010_CA_LA_Music_Center18CA -- Los Angeles -- Music Center (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc)
2009_CA_LA_Music_Center29CA -- Los Angeles -- Music Center (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc)
2002_CA_LA_Music_Center2CA -- Los Angeles -- Music Center (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc)
2009_CA_La_Brea117CA -- Los Angeles -- Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
2004_CA_Muir_Woods4CA -- Muir Woods Natl Monument
Thunderstorms closed this visit out way too early so I don't have many pictures from this visit.
2013_CA_Oakland_MoC_Art91CA -- Oakland -- Oakland Museum of California -- Art
2013_CA_Oakland_MoC_History116CA -- Oakland -- Oakland Museum of California -- History
2009_CA_Rogers_SHP22CA -- Pacific Palisades -- Will Rogers State Historical Park
They no longer allowed photography inside the house -- the guide said this was because of worries about the Internet (which I never understood) -- so all the shots are through windows.
2002_CA_Rogers_SHP10CA -- Pacific Palisades -- Will Rogers State Historical Park
2011_CA_Palomar41CA -- Palomar Mountain -- Palomar Observatory
2002_CA_Palomar2CA -- Palomar Mountain -- Palomar Observatory
1968_CA_Palomar1CA -- Palomar Mountain -- Palomar Observatory
2011_CA_PalomarV5CA -- Palomar Mountain -- Views from...
2013_CA_Pinnacles99CA -- Pinnacles National Park (West)
2018_CA_Wayfarers_Chapel81CA -- Rancho Palos Verdes -- Wayfarers Chapel
2014_CA_California_SRRM290CA -- Sacramento -- California State Railroad Museum
2014_CA_California_SRRM_BA53CA -- Sacramento -- California State Railroad Museum -- Building America exhibit
2014_CA_California_SRRM_MT27CA -- Sacramento -- California State Railroad Museum -- Model Trains exhibit
2014_CA_California_SRRM_RC14CA -- Sacramento -- California State Railroad Museum -- Ray Carrington exhibit
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapGC40CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Govt Complex
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapGC58CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Govt Complex
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPk43CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPk61CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapPk1CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkFF11CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- California Firefighters' Memorial
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkFF28CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- California Firefighters' Memorial
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkVet17CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- California Veterans Memorial
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkVet38CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- California Veterans Memorial
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapPkVet1CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- California Veterans Memorial
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkCW9CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Civil War Memorial Grove
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkCW28CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Civil War Memorial Grove
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapPkCW1CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Civil War Memorial Grove
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkGGP29CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Golden Gate Plaza (Zone of Public Gathering / Zone of Discovery / Zone of Transformation)
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkJS6CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Junipero Serra Tribute
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkJS19CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Junipero Serra Tribute
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkMex6CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Mexican American Memorial
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkMex6CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Mexican American Memorial
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkPOM16CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Peace Officers Memorial
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkPOM37CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Peace Officers Memorial
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapPkPOM2CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Peace Officers Memorial
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkUCB1CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- USS California Bell
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkUCB7CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- USS California Bell
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkVN54CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Vietnam War Memorial
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkVN97CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- Vietnam War Memorial
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapPkWP57CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- World Peace Rose Garden
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapPkWP38CA -- Sacramento -- Capitol Park -- World Peace Rose Garden
2014_CA_Crocker25CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum
2018_CA_Crocker_Gifts20CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Exhibit: Nature's Gifts: Early California Paintings from the Wendy Willrich Collection
Nature's Gifts
Early California Paintings from the Wendy Willrich Collection
April 22, 2018 — December 31, 2018
Bay Area art collector Wendy Willrich recently decided that the Crocker Art Museum should become the ultimate home for her collection of 41 early California paintings. The gift is transfor...
2018_CA_Crocker_Carrillo63CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Exhibit: Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo
Testament of the Spirit
Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo
June 24, 2018 — October 07, 2018
Eduardo Carrillo’s artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his n...
2018_CA_Crocker_Crockers32CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Exhibit: The Crockers and Their Era
2014_CA_Crocker_Crockers19CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Exhibit: The Crockers and Their Era
2018_CA_Crocker_Cycle8CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Exhibit: The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton
The Cycle
by Cyrus Tilton
March 25, 2018 — July 15, 2018
Cyrus Tilton (1977–2017) grew up in a remote river valley northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, where vast expanses of open wilderness were always close at hand. After moving to the urban environment of Oakland, California, at age twenty-one, he gre...
2018_CA_Crocker_Modern148CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Modern Section
2014_CA_Crocker_Modern136CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Modern Section
2018_CA_Crocker_Orig71CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Original Section
2014_CA_Crocker_Orig139CA -- Sacramento -- Crocker Art Museum -- Original Section
2014_CA_Sacramento_Cap_191566CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Exhibit: California Invites the World
California Invites the World: 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition

1915 Panama Pacific Exposition exhibit posterThe late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were the golden age for the great world’s fair expositions. The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was no except...
2018_CA_Sacramento_CapX45CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Exterior
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapX61CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Exterior
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapX21CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Exterior
2014_CA_Sacramento_CapI126CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Interior
2000_CA_Sacramento_CapI14CA -- Sacramento -- State Capitol -- Interior
2014_CA_Sutters_Fort112CA -- Sacramento -- Sutter's Fort SHP
2014_CA_Sutters_FortX109CA -- Sacramento -- Sutter's Fort SHP -- Exhibits
2016_CA_SBNF_ROTW70CA -- San Bernardino National Forest -- Rim of the World Scenic Byway
Including the moon rising over the mountains.
2013_CA_SBNF_ROTW40CA -- San Bernardino National Forest -- Rim of the World Scenic Byway
2010_CA_SBNF_ROTW4CA -- San Bernardino National Forest -- Rim of the World Scenic Byway
2019_CA_Balboa29CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2018_CA_Balboa20CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2017_CA_Balboa53CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2012_CA_Balboa95CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
Including lots of photos of the cactus and rose gardens.
2011_CA_Balboa7CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2009_CA_Balboa184CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2008_CA_Balboa78CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2007_CA_Balboa102CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2006_CA_Balboa47CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Miscellaneous Sites
2008_CA_SD_Fleet11CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
2007_CA_SDZoo_Bird27CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Birds)
The very close-up bird continually attacked my camera, pecking at it perhaps because he saw his own reflection. That doesn't explain why he bit my arm when I wasn't watching him though.
2007_CA_SDZoo_Panda11CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Giant Pandas)
Hand-written sign on the display:
This is Mei Sheng -- he'll be 4 yrs. old on 8/19/07 -- 195 lbs. He may be out of view from this side if he moves behind the center wall to visit w/Su Lin.
Bai Yun + Gao Gao, their parents, are off exhibit today. (Adult pandas are solitary.) Please use quiet voices ...
2007_CA_SDZoo_Koala10CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Koala)
2007_CA_SDZoo43CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Main)
2007_CA_SDZoo_Polar17CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Polar bears)
Frankly, these were my favorite animals in this zoo. They were amazingly entertaining as they swam and wrestled in the water with one another.
2007_CA_SDZoo_Reptile26CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Reptile House)
2007_CA_SDZoo_Skyfari13CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Skyfari)
2007_CA_SDZoo_Wild1s22CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Zoo (Wild Ones show)
2018_CA_Cabrillo180CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument
2008_CA_Cabrillo56CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument
2004_CA_Cabrillo21CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument
2002_CA_Cabrillo6CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument
During the entire drive from my time-share in the Mojave Desert, I'd been sitting in smog. There was smog in the valleys, smog at Mt Palomar, smog in the San Diego suburbs and finally, I got to Cabrillo and... the entire area was awash in fog from the ocean. While this meant that my pictures of Sa...
1984_CA_Cabrillo1CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument
2018_CA_CabrilloVC92CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument -- VIsitor Center
2008_CA_CabrilloT23CA -- San Diego -- Cabrillo Natl Monument (Tidepool Area)
2007_CA_SDMM_B3991CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- B-39
2007_CA_SDMM_Berkeley86CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- Berkeley
2007_CA_SDMM_Californian2CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- Californian
2007_CA_SDMM_Surprise52CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- HMS Surprise
2007_CA_SDMM_Medea5CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- Medea
2007_CA_SDMM_Pilot1CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- Pilot
2007_CA_SDMM_India41CA -- San Diego -- Maritime Museum of San Diego -- Star Of India
2007_CA_Alcala146CA -- San Diego -- Mission San Diego de Alcalá
2007_CA_SD_OldTownHP158CA -- San Diego -- Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
2007_CA_SD_OldTownHP_McCoy59CA -- San Diego -- Old Town San Diego State Historic Park -- McCoy House
1984_CA_SeaWorldSD12CA -- San Diego -- SeaWorld
1969_CA_SeaworldSD5CA -- San Diego -- SeaWorld
2016_CA_MidwayE19CA -- San Diego -- USS Midway Museum (Exterior)
2014_CA_MidwayE16CA -- San Diego -- USS Midway Museum (Exterior)
2008_CA_MidwayE100CA -- San Diego -- USS Midway Museum (Exterior)
2008_CA_MidwayI169CA -- San Diego -- USS Midway Museum (Interior)
2011_CA_AAMSF_Bldg32CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Building
2011_CA_AAMSF_China153CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- China Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_Him36CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Himilayas Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_Japan106CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Japan Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_Korea20CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Korea Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_Persia6CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Persia Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_SAsia102CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- South Asia Collection
2011_CA_AAMSF_SEAsia55CA -- San Francisco -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -- Southeast Asia Collection
2011_CA_LegionO223CA -- San Francisco -- California Palace of the Legion of Honor -- Other
2011_CA_LegionP262CA -- San Francisco -- California Palace of the Legion of Honor -- Paintings
2011_CA_DeYoung21CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum
The performers and art workshop were part of a series called "Friday Nights at the de Young".
2011_CA_DeYoung_Africa45CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- Africa
2011_CA_DeYoung_Contemp82CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- Contemporary
2011_CA_DeYoung_Meso86CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- Mesoamerica
2011_CA_DeYoung_Guinea48CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- New Guinea/Oceania
2011_CA_DeYoung_US294CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- US
2011_CA_DeYoung_Vw31CA -- San Francisco -- de Young Museum -- Views from the Observation Deck
I didn't realize there was an observation deck until about an hour before the museum closed. It was probably the highlight of the visit.
2013_CA_GGate_Bridge_N44CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side)
2011_CA_GGate_Bridge_N23CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side)
2004_CA_GGate_Bridge_N7CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side)
2000_CA_GGate_Bridge_N3CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side)
2013_CA_GGate_Bridge_NVC19CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side) Visitor Center
2011_CA_GGate_Bridge_NVC9CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side) Visitor Center
2004_CA_GGate_Bridge_NVC6CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side) Visitor Center
2018_CA_GGate_Bridge_S33CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (South Side)
2013_CA_GGate_Bridge_S4CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (South Side)
2004_CA_GGate_Bridge_S15CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (South Side)
2000_CA_GGate_Bridge_S6CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (South Side)
2018_CA_GGate_Bridge_SVC71CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (South Side) Visitor Center
2011_CA_GGate_NRA_N1CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Natl Recreation Area (North Side) (Marin Headlands)
2018_CA_GGate_NRA_S42CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Natl Recreation Area (South Side)
2004_CA_GGate_NRA_S6CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Natl Recreation Area (South Side)
2004_CA_Alcatraz68CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Alcatraz Island
2000_CA_Alcatraz76CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Alcatraz Island
2004_CA_GGate_NRA_BSpencer7CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Battery Spencer
2013_CA_GGate_NRA_FtBaker10CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Fort Baker
2018_CA_Ft_Point142CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Fort Point NHS
Parking on the weekend was tough. I had to park a half mile away to get in here.
2011_CA_Ft_Point9CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Fort Point NHS
It was late. The road to the fort was closed. These are evening pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge from the vicinity of the fort.
2004_CA_Ft_Point3CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Fort Point NHS
2000_CA_Ft_Point9CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Fort Point NHS
2018_CA_SF_Lands_End109CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Lands End
2018_CA_SF_Lands_EndVC66CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Lands End -- VIsitor Center
2013_CA_GGate_NRA_Nike144CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Nike Missile Site
2004_CA_GGate_NRA_Nike30CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA -- Nike Missile Site
2013_CA_GGate_NRA_NVw22CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA (North Side) -- View from...
2011_CA_GGate_NRA_NVw9CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA (North Side) -- View from...
2004_CA_GGate_NRA_SVw1CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate NRA (South Side) -- View from...
2011_CA_GGate_Park49CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Park
2004_CA_GGate_Park21CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Park
2018_CA_SF_Presidio37CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio
2011_CA_SF_Presidio28CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio
2004_CA_SF_Presidio23CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio
2004_CA_SF_Presidio_Chapel4CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Chapel
2004_CA_SF_NCem7CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Natl Cemetery
2018_CA_SF_PresidioVC50CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Visitor Center
2018_CA_WDFM10CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum
2011_CA_WDFM69CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum
Photography was only allowed in the reception room -- mostly awards and such. Which meant it was a pretty big room!
2018_CA_WDFM_Keane78CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Exhibit: Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane
Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane
NOTE: No photography was allowed in the special exhibit itself.
Mar 8–Sep 3, 2018
The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to introduce our newest original exhibition, Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane, showcasing the work of this influential Disney animator a...
2018_CA_WDFM_9OldM9CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Exhibit: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation
Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation
NOTE: No photography was allowed in the special exhibit.
May 17, 2018–Jan 7, 2019
The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its newest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation, on view to the public from May 17, ...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0198CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 01: Small Beginnings and Dawn of a Career
1901–1923
Gallery 1
Early Beginnings

A Creative Voice:
Walt’s love for drawing began at an early age. So naturally, when he entered high school, he joined the staff of the student publication, The Voice. Creatively, he found his own voice by illustrating short stories, drawing cartoons about campus...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0292CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 02: Hollywood and Oswald, Mickey, and WD Studios
1923–1928
Gallery 2
The Move to Hollywood

Alice Comedies:
While other moviemakers were animating characters to interact with live action, Walt had a uniquely different idea. “So I reversed it. I said, ‘That’s a new twist’ and it sold.” It was the beginning of the Alice Comedies, an ongoing series a...
2018_CA_WDFM_G03128CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 03: New Horizons in the 1930s
1928–1940
Gallery 3
Exploring New Horizons

The Development of Character:
Walt wanted to personify his characters. Starting with the 1933 Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs, he focused on giving them distinct personality traits through the way they moved. The art of personality animation would become ...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0495CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 04: The Move to Features
1936–1938
Gallery 4
The Transition into Features

The Moviola:
The Walt Disney Studios’ first feature-length film was an enormous undertaking. Walt relied on the Moviola—an editor’s viewing machine—to study the animated dailies and shape the story he envisioned. Walt was a master storyteller—he freq...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0583CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 05: "We Were in a New Business"
1939–1940
Gallery 5
New Success & Greater Ambitions

The Perfection of Pinocchio:
Walt was always raising the bar. He set up the Character Model Department to help animators bring characters to life by keeping their animation consistent. Along with model sheets, the department produced three-dimensi...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0693CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 06: The Toughest Period
1941–1945
Gallery 6
Patriotic Contributions

Film for the War Effort:
Production changed dramatically when the government contracted The Walt Disney Studios for a gamut of military and propaganda films. The unusual animated feature Victory Through Air Power, based on Alexander de Seversky’s book, wa...
2018_CA_WDFM_G0753CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 07: Postwar Productions & Family Treasures
1946–1950
Gallery 7
Postwar Rebuilding

Disneylandia:
Walt was introduced to the world of miniatures in 1939. Over the years, he collected and crafted them with the idea in mind of building a traveling exhibition of dioramas depicting historic Americana—a hobby he relished. “When I work with these s...
2018_CA_WDFM_G089CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 08: Walt & the Natural World
1948–1960
Gallery 8
Walt & the Natural World

True-Life Adventures:
Walt’s affinity for nature prompted him to send a small crew to film the Alaskan wilderness. What the footage revealed fascinated Walt—in particular, scenes of seals in the Pribilof Islands. In 1949 Seal Island became the first in a...
2018_CA_WDFM_G09160CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 09: Disneyland & Beyond
1950–1965
Gallery 9
Disneyland & Beyond

Adventures in Transportation
From a vintage railroad to the futuristic Monorail, Walt shared his fascination with transportation by building various transport-themed attractions at Disneyland. For children, he created the Autopia so they could get behind the ...
2018_CA_WDFM_G1055CA -- San Francisco -- Presidio -- Walt Disney Family Museum -- Gallery 10: Epilogue
1966
Gallery 10
Remembering Walt Disney

December 15, 1966:
Walt’s untimely death occurred 10 days after his 65th birthday. His accomplishments were countless, his contributions extraordinary, and his legacy a source of joy and inspiration to the world. All from a man who once hoped that we never lo...
2009_CA_CapistranoM184CA -- San Juan Capistrano -- Mission (ruins)
After an evening visit to the outside of the destroyed mission, I decided to come back a few days later for a typical Guthrie-scale visit. You'll see that later.
2009_CA_CapistranoI106CA -- San Juan Capistrano -- Mission (ruins) -- Interiors
2013_CA_Hearst_Grand101CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Grand Rooms
2013_CA_Hearst_Grounds25CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Grounds
2013_CA_Hearst_CastleO388CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Outside
2013_CA_Hearst_RomanP41CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Roman Pool
2013_CA_Hearst_Upstairs153CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Upstairs Suites
2013_CA_Hearst_VC219CA -- San Simeon -- Hearst Castle -- Visitor Center
2009_CA_Sequoia152CA -- Sequoia Natl Park
I totally missed the Grant tree. On the other hand, I got to see two bears and four tarantulas.
2004_CA_Sequoia21CA -- Sequoia Natl Park
2011_CA_Reagan_AF169CA -- Simi Valley -- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum -- Air Force One hangar
2011_CA_Reagan_Lib236CA -- Simi Valley -- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum -- Inside
2011_CA_Reagan_Outside56CA -- Simi Valley -- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum -- Outside Areas
2011_CA_Nethercutt107CA -- Sylmar -- The Nethercutt Collection and Nethercutt Museum
2013_CA_Nixon_Lib277CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace
2013_CA_Nixon_BP39CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace -- Birthplace
2010_CA_Nixon_BP27CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace -- Birthplace
2010_CA_Nixon_Lib150CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace -- Library
2013_CA_Nixon_Lib_Cent121CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace -- RN Centennial
Centennial Exhibit Officially Opens at the Nixon Library
February 18, 2013 By Joe Lopez

The Nixon Centennial Exhibit, Patriot. President. Peacemaker, officially opened at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library Friday, February 15 before former White House officials, and friends and admirers of Pre...
2013_CA_Nixon_Lib_WG140CA -- Yorba Linda -- Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace -- Watergate
This section was a complete replacement since my last visit. The National Archives had taken over the library and had issues with the accuracy of some of the displays. The Watergate section of the original library was pretty much a total fabrication before the Archives took over and replaced the who...
2014_CA_Yosemite143CA -- Yosemite Natl Park
2009_CA_Yosemite111CA -- Yosemite Natl Park
2002_CA_Yosemite23CA -- Yosemite Natl Park
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