This week, Huell discovers a fish hatchery, goes under Lake Arrowhead, has a run in with VIncent Price and more!
Monday - Aug. 15, 7:30pm: China Camp - Huell visits one of our state's most scenic and important State Parks. China Camp State Park is located right on San Francisco Bay and is the last remaining example of the numerous Chinese fishing villages that once dotted the shoreline. Not only does he walk through the quaint village and learn about its colorful history, but he sails out on the Bay in a recently constructed replica of an early Chinese junk. History is so fragile and this is a fine example of how we are preserving it for further generations.
Check out this tour through China Camp from the view of a mountain biker:
Tuesday - Aug. 16, 7:30pm: Vincent Price Art Museum - Huell visits the Vincent Price Art Museum in East Los Angeles. Price and his wife Mary Grant Price donated a total of 9,000 pieces of art from their collection to create this museum featuring Mesoamerican, African, Native American, and European works.
Wednesday - Aug. 17, 7:30pm: Wooden Boats - They come in all shapes and sizes and many date back to the early part of this century. All have been lovingly restored by their owners and are meticulously maintained. In short, they're some of the most beautiful wooden boats ever made. Host Huell Howser gets a close look at these boats as he attends the 24th annual Concours d' Elegance which is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the wooden boats that have graced Lake Tahoe since the 1920s. He not only talks with the owners about the rich history of their individual boats, but goes out on the clear waters of Lake Tahoe for a ride on some of the fastest boats.
Thursday - Aug. 18, 7:30pm: Under Lake Arrowhead - Originally built as a reservoir to feed the citrus groves of San Bernardino through a series of flumes and tunnels this engineering marvel fell apart. For legal reasons, the project never worked and the reservoir became a recreational area. What most people don't know is that there is a whole world under the lake. Huell takes a hundred-foot ride down in an elevator that was built in the late 1800s to explore this underwater marvel. Believe it or not there is a 3000 foot tunnel that runs under the lake and lots of wonderful old equipment, including pumps, engines and valves originally built for irrigation purposes.
Never been to Lake Arrowhead? Take a quick look at the beautiful scenery. Apologies for the poor sound quality:
Friday - Aug. 19, 7:30pm: Trout - Huell travels to the high sierras on horseback to see how trout are dropped from an airplane into High Sierra Mountain lakes -- a spectacular sight. At the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery near Fresno, we see how tiny rainbow trout are grown in preparation for "planting. Then it's off to the Fresno airport to hitch an exciting plane ride with the Department of Fish and Game pilots, who are skilled at maneuvering through the high mountains and into the deep valleys to drop or "plant" lakes with trout. At last, we travel to Duck Lake on horseback to witness the trout as they drop from the plane. Before the advent of the airplane, trout were "planted" in hundreds of California Lakes by horseback-- a difficult task that would take an entire summer to complete. In 1947, the Department of Fish and Game began using airplanes to complete the task and even employed WWII pilots whose skills as bomber pilots were put to a new use.
Check out this tourist's video of the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery: