Where's Huell? From Grass Valley to Santa Catalina to a Never-Before-Seen 'California's Gold' Adventure

What's a week without the continued adventures of KCET's Golden State-trotting hero, Huell Howser? It's like a summer without sunshine, that's what. This week, follow along with Huell on some of his best California adventures... including a brand new episode this Wednesday. Read on for his full schedule!

Monday, July 23 @ 7:30 PM -- "Nevada County Fair"

No, Huell hasn't betrayed his roots and crossed the state line. Up north in Grass Valley, he takes in what is reputedly California's most beautiful fairgrounds. Feeling defensive? Watch and match up this setting with where your county stages its fair.

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Tuesday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM -- "Cabrillo's Ship"

Did you know that historians are currently constructing a replica of San Salvador, the 100-foot galleon that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed to Catalina Island in 1542? And that, when completed, this San Salvador 2.0 will actually be sailed up and down the California coast? Huell pops in to see the work in progress.

Check out another take on the ship's progress:

Wednesday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM -- Jacaranda"

Presenting... a brand new episode of "California's Gold"! And it's quintessentially Californian, of course. Ever seen those beautiful trees that grow purple flowers in the springtime? They're jacaranda trees, and while they're not native to California, you can find scads of them throughout California. In tonight's episode, Huell finds out how these beautiful trees came to call or state home.

Not sure which ones are jacarandas? Check out this guy's homemade video of his neighborhood jacarandas in bloom:

Thursday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM -- "S.S. Catalina Updated"

Huell takes a look at the ship that ferried 24 million people to and from the island between 1924 and 1975. Or at least Huell sees what's left of it. Though the S.S. Catalina was scrapped, elements from it -- benches, signs, doors -- now decorate the home of history lover Dave Engholm.

Take a look into this ship's heyday:

Friday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM -- "Videolog Classics 11"

And, finally, we end the week with a look back at some of Huell's earliest work. Who can resist some old-fashioned, back-in-the-day, better-because-it's-grainy Huell? Segment titles include "Tarzana," "Balloons," "Hockney" and "Ruggie."

Sample the flavor of vintage Huell with another famous Videolog Classic segment:

About the Author

Drew Mackie, associate producer of new media, liked shows about old British people before it became fashionable. He also says silly things on Twitter.
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