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a break of a couple of years - actually much too long - I made it to
the west coast of the USA again! This time not to Los
but to Oxnard (between LA and Santa Barbara). I checked my
photo albums, this has actually been my 26th
Journey to beautiful California.
The flight this time went rather far towards the pole,
probably for wind reasons. Normally the 6.000miles
flight barely touches the south of Greenland, this time we flew we over
interior of Greenland in the far north, surprisingly we saw mountains
in the sunset. During the normal flights in
the south you just see glaciers and icebergs.
It was completely uncommon that we had about 1 hour of
complete darkness on this flight. Normally the flight is
12-13 hours towards west always following the sun.
Surrounded by Aliens: After the arrival I had to show Venice
Beach to my colleagues.
No pleasant temperatures for swimming: At least the feet had
to touch the cold Pacific water.
Santa Monika: At many places the Iraqi war is brought to
attention. The resistance against the commitment
of the USA in Iraq grows also in the USA.
The other side of Santa Monika:
The entertainment park at the Pier, in the background the
On the Santa Monica Pier: The beautiful “Santa
with its handcarved wooden horses from the year 1947. This carousel
played one of the main roles in the gangster film “The
Clou” with Paul
Newman and Robert Redford.
I found and booked the hotel Embassy Suites
Mandelay Beach Resortvia
the Internet and I was not disappointed: Located directly at the beach,
great place with moderate prices because of November.
View from the hotel of the Pacific.
Completely different, from what I have known in the LA area:
Beaches with walk ways, seats and dunes - nearly like te North Sea in
northern Germany (except for the Palm Trees of course).
Because of the underwater reefs swimmming is not recommended.
Trip from Oxnard via Ventura to Santa Barbara: The old
mission church “San Buena Ventura” in Ventura.
Similar to Santa Monica: Protest against the war near the
Santa Barbara Pier.
We had a pretty thoughtful walk on the Santa Barbara Pier. I
hope a peaceful solution will be found for the Gulf reagion soon.
A picture for Jörg and the Immenstaad fire-brigade
guys: Isn't that a beautiful truck?
I am sure no dust grain can be found on it.
Just for model railway fans: The Amtrak trains are really
No stay in Southern California without a visit to my
favourite little town Hermosa Beach.
View from the “Hennessy Tavern”
(excellent Hamburgers!!!) -->click
here for livecam.
Do not forget: Depending upon where you are living you may only see a
black cat in the dark because of the time difference.
Not too bad for a November day - compared to Germany where we
had freezing level temparatures.
We normally tool HWY 1 between LA and Oxnard; the Freeways
have even more collapsed than 5 years ago.
Even having 12 lanes (6 in each direction) does not prevent
Here a few impressions of HWY 1:
Well, who would like to stay in that house during a Pacific
Naval Air Station POINT Mugu between Oxnard and Malibu.
Unfortunately I have been too late for the August Airshow.
Departing from the beautiful Southern California is hard, my
colleague Frank took this great shot.
Well, I did not succeed with all of my plans I had for this
For example I did not make the "hat trick" (a steak every day).
However, besides steaks the Californian kitchen offers many
different kinds of food in an excellent quality. Here is another
example, the “blooming onion”; that is a vegetarian
alternate to steak
- well, I must admit: I had it as first course - before a steak!!!
I hope, you enjoyed the pictures - that was a
high-speed passage through a marvelous country. By the way, do not
believe the fairy
tales spread allover the world about the unfriendly Americans.
America is still one of the most hospitable countries, which I know.
Not even the fact that they took photos
and finger marks prints really bothered me. The chances, to get a
US-sponsored vacation in Guantanamo because of finger prints are less
than 1:1 billion - if you don´t have an Arab sounding name. .
. .(with my Ketchup name I sure will not run into that problem)
©2006 Bernhard Heinz Immenstaad