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California's Gold: Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

Before there was Disneyland and other large amusement parks, there was Busch Gardens. Huell goes to Pasadena where he literally uncovers the lost and largely forgotten original Busch Gardens, a botanical paradise, which amused visitors from 1905 to 1938.

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California's Golden Parks

American River Parkway

Huell sets off from where the Sacramento and American River meet on a bike ride along the beautiful 23-mile American River Parkway. 

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Water Car

Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching as a car drives into the water and motors away. Well that's just what piqued Huell's interest. Terry Tates parents bought their Amphibious Car in the early '60s and have passed it on to Terry. Huell goes to lake Castaic and gets the ride of his life.

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Elvis House

Huell visits the onetime Palm Springs home of Elvis Presley. This home is now designated as a historic property and open the public.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oil

Huell finds out how oil made Kern County great, visiting the vast Midway-Sunset Field which is the top oil-producing field in the lower 48 states and the West Kern Oil Museum in Taft, which has one of the last huge wooden derricks in existence. Huell's last stop is the site of the Lakeview Gusher, which at the turn of the century was the largest gusher in the United States.

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Folsom Prison

Huell tours Folsom Prison, which for well over a century has housed some of our state's toughest characters and gets a rare look inside this landmark prison. He visits Folsom's first death row, the chapel-which contains what has to be one of the most unusual paintings of " The Last Supper," the historic "China Hill," and the seldom-seen prison graveyard, final resting place for generations of prisoners.

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Sea Urchins

Huell goes to sea on an urchin diving adventure off the Channel Islands. Huell joins the crew of the fishing boat “Janice Anne” as they travel to the waters off the Channel Islands to go Urchin diving. Urchins are big business in California and some call them “Blue Water Gold”. Huell finishes the show at Piranha, a popular sushi restaurant in Santa Barbara for an urchin feast.

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Hollywood Farmers Market

Browse the stalls and exhibits at the popular Hollywood Farmers Market where farmers and merchants come from all parts of the state to sell their produce, flowers, fresh baked breads and unique arts and crafts. 

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Red Canaries

Who knew canaries were red? Huell visits the House of the Red Canary in Bell Gardens and learns about the origin of this unique bird.

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Descanso Gardens

Huell gets a wonderful tour of these beautiful gardens located in Flintridge. We’ll see all the treasures hidden in this thirty-acre forest of California oaks. 

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Space Shuttle Cafe

Huell visits with a couple who have a cafe in the shape of a space shuttle. 

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Alpacas

Come on along with Huell as he meets with the proud owners of a herd of the wonderfully strange animals – the Alpaca. Not only do they make great pets, but great sweaters as well.

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Willie's Shoe Shop

Huell visits with Willie Rivera and Raul Ojeda at Willie’s Shop in Hollywood to learn about how shoes are repaired in the old fashioned way. This is a hands lesson in craftsmanship.

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Sleeping Outdoors

Join Huell as he meets two different couples who enjoy sleeping outside. Find out why and how they do it.

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Fireboat

Take a ride on the oldest and biggest fireboat in L.A. Huell goes out in the harbor with the crew and gets a demonstration of this magnificent boat.

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Thai Town

A quick visit to the vibrant Thai community in Thai Town on Hollywood Blvd. where Huell sees some great places to eat, meets Thai Elvis, and even has time for dessert.

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Goat Farm

Spring is here and Huell meets the new arrivals at the Bouncing Hoofs Ranch in Mojave. This farm is home to a variety of goats and Huell learns all about their hair, their milk and, of course, the babies. 

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Vandenberg

It began back in 1941 when it was known as Camp Cooke and served as a U.S. Army training facility for tanks and infantry troops. With the advent of the missile age in the 1950s, the land was transferred to the U.S Air Force for use as a missile training base. The first missile was launched from this facility in 1958 and since then almost 2,000 missiles and space boosters have followed suit.

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Lunar Landing

Huell travels to Edwards, California to visit Dryden Flight Research Center, which is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. Before man could walk on the moon, they had to land safely and the Lunar Lander needed a lot of fine-tuning. Huell meets up with some of the men who spent many hours working on and flying that amazing craft in preparation for the first moon landing.



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California's Golden Parks

Tarantula

Huell's off to Henry W. Coe State Park located about 25 miles south of San Jose. It's their annual Tarantula Fest where there will be more than 20 varieties of tarantulas on display, nature walks to search for tarantulas, not to mention live music and Get-Your-Picture-Taken-With-A-Tarantula!

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Yosemite Falls Trail

Huell's off to Yosemite National Park where he walks the newly rehabilitated trails to the base of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America.

 

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Living Desert

Huell visits 1,200 acres of amazing flora and fauna in Palm Desert.

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Air Museum

Huell Howser visits the Palm Springs Air Museum located at the Palm Springs International Airport. It’s full of exhibits depicting aviation history through art, photography, movies, videos and of course aircraft.

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Road Trip

Placerville

Join Huell as he visits Placerville, founded after the highly publicized discovery of gold in 1848 in the tailrace section at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, only 10 miles away. The resulting migration of thousands of fortune-seekers established Placerville as an important supply center for the surrounding mining camps.

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Fountain of Youth

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California's Golden Coast

Coastwalk

It is a daunting task: to create a trail running the entire coast of California is a commitment shared by many state agencies and organizations, including Coastwalk. Huell gets a firsthand look at portions of the trail in northern and southern California while learning about Coastwalk's commitment to organized walks, education and the support of the border to border California Coastal Trail.

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Guadalupe Dunes

Huell tours the the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes preserve with a representative of the Dunes Center, an agency, which along with other state, county and federal organizations, works to balance public use and resource protection of the largest, most biodiverse, coastal dune-lagoon ecosystem on earth. With 1,400 known species of birds, plants and animals and with the highest sand dune on the west coast, it is a place of rare beauty and significance.

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California's Golden Fairs

Big Fresno Fair

Lady Felicia is horrified to find an injured man in his late 30s stuck in a tree on her estate, wearing nothing but his underwear. Meanwhile at Kembleford station, Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy greet their German visitor Father Franc as Sid, rag and bone man Christy and local outcast Annie also depart the train. Father Brown sees the man being rescued from the tree, which is under a viaduct, and surmises that he was pushed from a train carriage. Inspector Valentine investigates and Sid implicates Annie who was seen leaving first class.

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Mendocino Botanical Gardens

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the only public garden in the continental United States located directly on the coast. Huell explores this rare jewel set within coastal pines and coastal bluffs in Fort Bragg. In addition to its diverse flora, there is a retail nursery and garden shop as well as workshops, classes and lectures so you may take a bit of the garden home with you.

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Monterey County Fair

Huell visits the Monterey County Fair and learns why this area is known as the “Salad bowl of the world,” but this fair is not all about agriculture. There is plenty of good food, rides and even some wool spinners to entertain you.

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Marin County Fair

Huell heads to the “greenest” fair in California. The Marin County Fair has made a huge effort to make a very small footprint on the environment. The carousel and the main stage are both powered by solar. Another stage is powered by a 99% vegetable oil biodiesel generator and the lighting at the entrance to the fair is powered by a wind turbine. There is even an all-electric, solar-powered trackless train to take guests on excursion rides. Even the animal’s straw and manure from the Barnyard is collected and trucked to an organic farm in West Marin after the fair.

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Pío Pico

Huell learns about the last Governor of Mexican California by visiting Pío Pico State Historic Park. The park is the site of "El Ranchito," the final home of Pío Pico.

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Road Trip

San Marcos Pass

State Highway 154 is one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in California. The locals know it as the San Marcos Pass Road, and it’s a 32-mile section of highway from Santa Barbara to Highway 101 north of Los Olivos, that winds through the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Ynez Valley and past Lake Cachuma. It’s a historic road as well, part of it following an original stagecoach route.

 

 

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Calaveras County Fair

Huell travels to the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. There is a reason this area is referred to as "Frogtown". In 1865, Samuel l. Clemens (Mark Twain) penned "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", a tall tale of the life and happenings of the gold rush town. When the town was looking for a theme for the fair in 1928, they remembered the story and the first Jumping Frog Jubilee was held on main street, downtown Angels Camp. The event has grown into an internationally known and loved event and is the highlight of the fair.

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Nevada County Fair

Huell travels to Grass Valley, California to visit the Nevada County Fair, which is consistently referred to as "California's Most Beautiful Fairgrounds." This fair is all about the food! Various non-profit organizations cook up some of the most delicious eats imaginable to present a culinary smorgasbord.

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Oil Islands

There's a 42-acre offshore oilfield with 175-foot-high drilling towers and 1,100 wells that penetrate underground Long Beach, Calif. Aside from being one of the most unique and beautiful oil drilling sites in America, it's also revolutionary with its location in plain view within a major city. Huell visits four architectural gems and learns about their rich oil history.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trinity County Fair

Huell visits the Quilt Show, the Homestead Exhibit, and the Hayfork Mule Show.

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Newport Bay

Huell visits the Upper Newport Bay to see what is being done to keep this area green for everyone to enjoy.

 

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