- Huell Howser
Where's Huell? 9/23-9/30
Wondering what Huell was up to this week? This handy guide to the week's Huell episodes lets you follow along, while also providing additional info on the areas spotlighted. This week: Huell explored the secret gardens of Alcatraz, went sky diving with the best parachuters in the world, and goes swimming in the Neptune Pool of Hearst Castle. For more information on any video (as well as a chance to purchase them), you can always visit Huell at www.calgold.com.
Wednesday - Sept. 23, 2009: Chiriaco Summit - Huell spends the day with the people of Chiriaco Summit as the community celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Related: Video footage of the Defenders of Freedom Wall and West Coast Vietnam Memorial Wall at Chiriaco Summit. Also: Video footage of the Chiriaco Summit airstrip with shots of vintage airplanes.
Thursday - Sept. 24, 2009: Golden Knights - Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.
Related: The Golden Knights perform for 55,000 fans of the Golden Bears at Cal v. Michigan State. Also: The Golden Knights at the Torrance Armed Forces Parade in 2008.
Friday - Sept. 25, 2009: Neptune Pool - Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour and takes a swim in the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle.
Related: Home video of the Neptune Pool shot July 13 of this year. Also, archival footage of W.R. Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd together on Santa Monica Beach in 1928.
Saturday - Sept. 26, 2009: Farallon Islands - Huell spends the day with the biologists who live on the Farallon Islands - often called "California's Galapagos" - which are found 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco.
Related: The Marine Mammal Center releases sea lions off the coast of the Farallon Islands. Also: Semi-Pro video footage of the Farallon Island and its diverse wildlife.
Sunday - Sept. 27, 2009: California's Gold: John Muir & California's Golden Parks: John Muir Home - Huell goes back in time and visits with John Muir at Yosemite National Park. Then Huell heads to Martinez, CA to tour the Victorian residence where naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914.
Related: Slide shows of the John Muir Trail journey set to music.
Monday - Sept. 28, 2009; 7:30pm: Lassen - Huell visits Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lava flows, jagged craters and steaming sulfur vents make up some of Lassen's breathtaking landscape.
Tuesday - Sept. 29, 2009; 7:30pm: Whiskeytown - Huell visits Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and hears all about this new and improved state park which was hidden on private property until 2006.
Related: Slide show compilation set to music shot during a trip to Whiskeytown in the spring of 2009.
Wednesday - Sept. 30, 2009; 7:30pm: Alcatraz Gardens - Huell learns about the infamous prison's garden when he visits Alcatraz Island.
Related:Video footage from a boat sailing up to Alcatraz Islands. Also: Newsreel report on the only successful escape from Alcatraz in 1962.
For more on California's parks, visit KCET's SoCal Parks blog.For more information on any video (as well as a chance to purchase them), you can always visit Huell at www.calgold.com. Lastly, the image of the General Patton Museum associated with this post was taken by flickr user mlhradio. It was used under Creative Commons license.