From aircraft carriers to San Simeon. This week Huell visits three sites associated with the earliest members of the city's elite, and also takes a look at California's love affair with transportation - be it on the road, on the sea, or in the air.
Monday - May 24, 7:30pm: Whitewater Preserve - Huell visits the Whitewater Preserve located just off the 10 freeway right outside of Palm Springs. This 2,851 acre oasis is surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management San Gorgonio Wilderness and is part of the Wildlands Conservancy’s 33,000-acre Sand to Snow Preserve System. Adjacent to the preserve is the Pacific Crest Trail. Its rich and varied terrain is captured in a series of snapshots strung together, covering hundreds of miles of our state.
Tuesday - May 25, 7:30pm: Elvis House - Huell visits the Presley Estate in Palm Springs and gets a tour of one of the very few houses that Elvis actual owned. It's a rare peek inside the 5100 sq. ft. mansion known as Graceland West. This episode doesn't have much to do with Vegas, but that doesn't mean we can't listen to a little Viva Las Vegas to get us in the mood.
Wednesday - May 26, 7:30pm: Ablitt House - Huell visits a unique house, built upon a 20x20 sq. ft. lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara. Here is a quick tour (sans Huell) by owner, Neil Albitt:
Thursday - May 27, 7:30pm: Teardrop Trailers - Step back in time with Huell as he visits a weekend gathering of classic teardrop trailers. Popularized in the 1930s, they run smaller than standard trailers. But the old adage big things come in small packages rings true for the Teardrop, with a bed built for two and built-in kitchen fitting snuggly in a trailer barely over eight feet long.
Friday - May 28, 7:30pm: Neptune Pool - Before Beverly Hills, there was San Simeon. Huell visits the extravagant Hearst Castle, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst's old stomping grounds. And to give you a sense of Hearst's import, here he is 'chillaxing' with silent film star greats Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.
On this trip to Hearst Castle, Huell learns all about the history of the Neptune Pool, arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the pool is modeled in the Roman-Greco style, complete with columns and statues of gods from our polytheistic past. And when you're Huell Howser, no tour of Neptune Pool is complete without a quick swim.
This informative behind-the-scenes tour of Hearst Castle lacks Huell's enthusiasm but still deserves a look:
Sunday - May 30, 7:00pm: Aircraft Carriers - California has a rich maritime history and has long been at the forefront of naval warfare. In this special, Huell visits two retired aircraft carriers. First it’s off to San Diego to visit the USS Midway, which has steamed through a 47-year career of service &8212; commissioned in 1945 and retiring only after serving as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. Next it’s off to Alameda to visit the USS Hornet, a carrier that participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century: World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. This floating museum even has the Airstream trailer that the Apollo astronauts lived in for three days after returning to earth.