The Adventure Continues… Vietnamese New Year

One of the best things about Huell Howser was his enthusiasm for learning about the various cultures that make up California’s population. Three weeks ago we looked at the Serbian New Year celebrations, and in this episode of Visiting, Huell explores how the Vietnamese community in Orange County celebrates the Lunar New Year, which this year is occurring this weekend, […]

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The Adventure Continues… Asilomar

The Central Coast of California (as well as the rest of the state) has been getting pounded recently by a series of storms — bringing powerful ocean waves, torrents of rain causing flooding, and strong gusts of wind that are knocking trees over and causing extended power outages. Right now is definitely not a good time to visit the coast, […]

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The Adventure Continues… Scotia

Normally around Christmas I like to feature one of Huell’s holiday-oriented episodes. This year it seems I’ve run through all of the most obvious Christmas-related segments, so I’ve settled for one that originally aired on December 24, 2004. (If you’d prefer to see an episode about the holiday season, you can find one of my favorites by clicking here.) I […]

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The Adventure Continues… Wind

Wind turbines do come in many different sizes, but one of the most frequent topics about these windmills is how difficult it is to get an accurate sense of their enormous size from the ground. In a later episode of California’s Gold (Windmills, originally aired in October 2021), Huell gets the chance to climb to the top of a windmill and take in the view; if you watched last week’s featured episode, you’ll remember Huell recalled this as probably his most frightening experience! But this week he gets a feel for the size of these mighty blades while staying firmly on the ground. This episode of Visiting originally aired April 15, 1998, and is not to be confused with an entirely different episode of California’s Gold also titled Wind (original air date April 1997). The Palm Springs wind farm is still operating and offers both guided golf cart tours and self-driving tours with curated audio provided. You’ve seen the giant windmills alongside the road to Palm Springs. Well now you can learn all about them with Huell as he gets a special “Wind Farm Tour” in an electric cart. One of only 6 wind farms in the world, this is a great place to learn about one of mankind’s earliest forms of energy. (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)

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