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Sandi Hemmerlein

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Sandi Hemmerlein is a writer and photographer. Based in L.A. but constantly on the prowl for new adventure, she spends most of her time nurturing her interest in birds, animals, neon, historic theaters, puppets, trains, folk art, and stained glass. In addition to her work for KCET, Sandi also documents everything on her own website Avoiding Regret.

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The Revolution Classic rollercoaster tracks are white and loop at a certain point. Behind is another rollercoaster with red tracks and is taller than the Revolution Classic. A red observation tower can be seen in the near distance. In the foreground, water spurts upwards in a fountain/pond.
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SoCal Wanderer

Beyond Colossus: Tracing 50 Years of Thrilling History at Six Flags

Here are nine areas of "old school" Magic Mountain that you can visit today for a true throwback Southern California theme park adventure — all year round.
Tall cedar trees line an asphalt road. Cars are parked at various parts of the curb.
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SoCal Wanderer

7 SoCal 'Christmas' Tree Attractions You Can Visit All Year

Skip the Christmas tree lot and go straight to the living Christmas trees that are taller than your wildest dreams and have lived longer than most anybody can remember. Here are seven great groves of evergreen trees right here in the lowlands, by our beaches and in our residential neighborhoods.
A Mission Revival style red brick building stands next to a set of train tracks that cut between the station platform and a line of trees.
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SoCal Wanderer

All Aboard! 8 Must-See Vintage Train Stations in SoCal

From coastal cities to desert gateways and wine country weekenders, here are the most historic depots where you can take the train — and what to do once you arrive or before the conductor calls out, “All aboard!”
A green arch bridge made of metal beams stretches between two mountains. Behind it are rolling mountains and a clear blue sky.
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SoCal Wanderer

6 Exhilarating Mountain Drives You Can Take in a Day Around L.A.

No matter if your starting point is an inland valley or an oceanside beach community, here are six mountain drives you can take on a day trip from L.A.
A network of tunnels lead to a tree in the center of an open pocket of space. Above sunlight streams in through a hole for light and the tree to pass through.
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SoCal Wanderer

An In-N-Out Museum and Underground Gardens: 10 Quirky Stops Along Highway 99

Here are 10 of the best Highway 99 remnants that capture the character and charm of early 20th century "highway life."
Various Jack Skellington heads are on propped up on black rods in a display at the Academy Museum. The face in the forefront holds a surprised expression.
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SoCal Wanderer

11 Memorably Morbid Outings in SoCal

So whether you're looking for some frightful fun, seeking to delve into some dreadful delusions or simply trying to tread on some unhallowed ground, here are 11 guides that'll send you on an journey through L.A.'s most memorably morbid and creatively creeptastic adventures — none of which are limited to just October.
The Doheny mansion, an red-orange brick building of French Chateauesque style architecture, mixed with Gothic, Moorish and California Mission elements stands among a grove of various trees. A paved pathway winds up to the mansion. Above the mansion is a bright blue sky.
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SoCal Wanderer

10 L.A. Landmarks Made Even More Famous by Hollywood Horror Flicks

Here are the ten best horror film locations in Los Angeles — including how to visit them, what you can see today and how they match up with their appearances on the spooky silver screen.
A paved walkway stretches along a coastal cliff lined with white residential homes.
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SoCal Wanderer

7 Ways to Explore Dana Point's Rich History and Marine Life

Here are the seven best ways to get to know the historic, literary and watery sides of Orange County's premier surfing and sailing destination — with plenty of breathtaking ocean views to boot.
A large cliff has a distinct rock formation that look like pillars, which create little crevices for people to go into and explore.
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SoCal Wanderer

9 Epic Volcanic Attractions and Hot Springs to Visit in California

If you enjoy living on the edge, and one of your greatest wishes is to see a volcanic event in action before your very eyes, you don't have to travel as far as Hawaii or Indonesia. California has an entire volcanic field that's ripe for exploring, east of the Sierra Nevada. Here are nine spots to explore.
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SoCal Wanderer

Seven Best Places to Visit in and Around Avalon on Catalina Island

Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina continues to draw visitors with its miles of uninterrupted shoreline, abundant marine life, water sports and dazzling nightlife — much of which can still be enjoyed today in much the same way it was a century ago (with some high-tech improvements).
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