- Huell Howser
Where's Huell? 12/24 - 12/30
Huell is no stranger to the outdoors. This week he travels to Yosemite, embarks on a whale watch, skydives with the pros, and eats donuts from a Los Angeles staple...well, the donuts are to give him energy for everything else he's up to. For more information on these and other episodes - as well as a chance to purchase them - you can always visit Huell at www.calgold.com.)
Friday - December 25, 2009; 7:30pm: Hard to Get To - Join Huell on a unique adventure to two of California's rarely seen natural wonders: the Bristlecone Pine, the oldest, continuously living thing on this planet found in the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra, and magnificent Le Conte Falls deep in the rocky and steep terrain of Yosemite National Park.
Related: Get familiar with Le Conte Falls before you join Huell on his hard-to-get-to adventure:
Friday - December 25, 2009; 8:00pm: Yosemite Firefall - A shout echos through Yosemite... "Let the Fire fall", and from 1872 to 1969 that's just what happened. Join Huell at the top of Glacier Point with Nic Fiore who was the last to push a pile of burning embers off the edge, creating the beautiful red hot "waterfall" effect know as Firefall. Then down to the bottom at Camp Curry, the best spot to view Firefall, where Huell talks with Keith and Ginny Bee who for 42 years ran the nightly outdoor theater show which led up to the fiery finale of this now lost California tradition.
Related: Sure you know what a waterfall is, but what about a firefall? Another trip to Yosemite has Huell checking out a rather unusual natural wonder:
Saturday - December 26; 7:30pm: Huell's Whale Adventure - It all took place in San Ignacio Lagoon halfway down the Baja Peninsula on the Pacific side. It’s here the mammoth gray whales come like clockwork each year to have their calves. The winter migration down the coast from Alaska is a journey of more than 5,000 miles one way and is one of the longest migrations made by any mammal.
Related: Don't expect Huell's cameraman to get a shot like this one on their whale expedition:
Sunday - December 27, 2009; 7:30pm: Farallon Islands - Huell spends the day with the biologists who live on the Farallon Islands and learns about this wild and beautiful place which is just a group of islands and rocks found 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, known as California's Galapagos, they make up the The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. These wild and remote islands are rich with not only flora and fauna, but human history as well.
Related: Footage of Col Stewart Evans' historic 25+ mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland in 1967:
Monday - December 28, 2009; 7:00pm: Stan's Donuts - For almost 40 years, Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop of Westwood, California, has baked the world's most gourmet donuts, from a Cinnamon Chocolate Cheese Danish, to an Apple Fritter, to a Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket with fresh banana. Stan's offers donuts you will find nowhere else in the world. Huell spends the morning doing “research” at this Los Angeles landmark.
Related: A preview of tonight's show and Huell's first encounter with "The Sex Drive" donut:
Wednesday - December 29, 2009; 7:30pm: Golden Knights - Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.
Related: Unreal footage of 4-way formation skydiving by the Golden Knights:
Thursday - December 30, 2009; 7:30pm: Neptune Pool
- Huell gets a behind the scenes tour and takes the “swim of a lifetime” in the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world and the highlight of any tour. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman style columns and statues. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune Pool was started in 1924 and was finally completed after several redesigns and re-buildings in 1936.
Related: A short tour of Hearst Castle to get you ready for Huell's big dip in the estate's Greco-Roman style swimming pool.