The Adventure Continues… Nisei Parade and Little Tokyo

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a news article describing the history of Sacramento’s Japantown and how it was basically erased in the period following World War 2. I was amazed to learn that at one time there were more than 30 flourishing Japantowns throughout California — now there are only three, in San Francisco, San Jose, and […]

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The Adventure Continues… Food with History

I’ve heard it said you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach — and perhaps I also shouldn’t browse through the Huell Howser Archives on an empty stomach! Huell definitely loved to do segments involving food, and many of his segments involved going in search of various types of food, where he was always very happy to do […]

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The Adventure Continues… Water Car

Well, it’s not quite summer, although around here we may feel like it is when the temperatures get up into the 80 degree (F) range this week. Maybe that’s part of the reason I chose this particular subject to feature today! Yet another double episode, this segment first aired as part of the Visiting series in 1999, and later appeared […]

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The Adventure Continues… Oil

This Classic episode of California’s Gold inevitably brings back memories from my childhood of traveling south along Highway 99/Interstate 5 toward the Tehachapi Mountains and seeing acres and acres of pumps working away in the fields on both sides of the road. As the years passed, the number of pumps visible from the highway grew ever smaller. And indeed, oil […]

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The Adventure Continues… Hidden Gems

When I chose to feature this hour-long episode of Visiting (original air date April 1998) I had no idea that, in addition to the two segments described below, it actually contained a surprise at the end — a couple of extra hidden gems from Huell’s 1998 Videolog series. I especially enjoyed seeing the hike into the San Gabriel Mountains near […]

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The Adventure Continues… Fireboat

This week Huell presents a somewhat bittersweet tale of two fireboats — old Fireboat #2, also known as the Ralph J. Scott, serving with pride for 78 years; and her replacement, the shiny new Warner Lawrence, which took over the job in 2003. The episode combines two half-hour segments of Visiting; the first aired in June 1996, and the update […]

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The Adventure Continues… Ukiah

Back in the 1990s the Big Guy and I briefly considered relocating¬† from the Sacramento Valley to the area around Clear Lake, and the city of Ukiah (on U.S. 101, about a 30-minute drive from the lake’s north shore) looked to me like an attractive option. We never actually moved, and I never even managed to visit Ukiah — until […]

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