December 2019 – Happy Holidays!

December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!

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Let us drink to health!
It is far better than wealth,
And it lasts longer!

Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and New Years!
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GOOD TIDINGS! SEASON’S GREETINGS! BAH HUMBUG!
Is it January 6th yet?

“I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow.
I’m Mister Icicle. I’m Mister Ten Below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, What ever I touch…
Turns to snow in my clutch.  I’m too much!”
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The Simpsons TV show is 30 years old! DOH!

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“Ay Caramba!”

WINTER IS HERE!
“The weather outside is frightful…..”
So here are some pictures of past Winters:

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

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Wawona Hotel in Winter – Yosemite, California

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees – Yosemite, California

And this pic from our recent vacation in Las Vegas (see the new Blog Posts):

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us! 
“I am very disappointed in you, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

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And later there will be wrestling in the living room for the “Feats of Strength”

NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the Festivus holiday and traditions,
please check out our previous Winter Holiday Blog Posts!

Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”

Ralphie, Buddy the Elf, John McClane, and The Dude wish you a Merry Christmas!

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and Season’s Greetings from JoshWillTravel!

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Winter in Ashland, Oregon

And it’s just not the holiday season in Los Angeles until the Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce is decorated with a giant bow!

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The Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce, California, Decorated for the Holidays

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What do you want for Christmas Ralphie?

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“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

More Fun with Elf On The Shelf – see our previous December Blog Posts for more!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019

Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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WARNING!

HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

Clarence:
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
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Have a Psychedelic Christmas Tree!

 

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“For this is all a dream we dreamed. One afternoon, long ago.”

NOTE: Not sure what happened to our ticket stub from December 16, 1986. This was the first run of shows following Jerry Garcia’s ’86 near death (diabetic coma) and recovery.

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

 

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HANUKKAH 2019 begins on December 22nd!
(the Hebrew calendar date is 25 Kislev)
The Festival of Lights!

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Eight candles for the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the others.

“Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hanukkah
So much funukkah
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is
The Festival of Lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights!”
– Adam Sandler’s The Hanukkah Song
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Potato Latkes (pancakes)

Happy Hannukah!
How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce and sour cream. ENJOY!

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Ww wish you, your family, and all your friends a Happy Hanukkah
filled with peace,
 love, light, and a wonderful celebration of your own!

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“May The Force Be With You!”

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

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“Merry Christmas, Girls and Boys,
Turkey, Stuffing, and Lots of Toys,
Fruit and Nuts, and Candy Stick,
With Best Wishes from Old Saint Nick!”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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Frank and Dean sing “It’s A Marshmallow World”
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Santa Hats for Tiki Mugs!

 

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And don’t forget KWANZAA!
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All New Haiku!

All New Haiku!

Time for a haiku
5-7-5 poetry
Sweet words with feeling!

We have recently been inspired to write some new poems.
We hope they inspire you! Read them and Enjoy them!

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Horses in the field/With a view of the ocean/Hana-Maui Ranch (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Horses in the field
With a view of the ocean
Hana-Maui Ranch

Blue skies and contrails
Tuesday morning in April 
Good morning Valley!

Puppies on my bed
My furry little babies
So much energy!

Living the good life!
Keepin’ it clean and sober
One day at a time.

The dogs are barking.
Is there somebody out there?
What walks in the dark?

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Pastrami sandwich
On the beach in Malibu
Picnic by the sea

Saturday full moon
The owl in the pine tree calls
California!

Who? Who? calls the owl
Over and over it cries
Who is it seeking?

A warm night in March
Sushi dinner comfort food
Full moon on Sunday

Start the day over
Want to crawl under my desk
Curl up with the dogs

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Two sleeping puppies
Oh my sweet little babies
After breakfast nap

Let sleeping dogs lie.
What do puppies dream about?
Please don’t wake them up!

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Lahaina Sunset/Party on the Patio/Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset
Party on the Patio
Maui, Hawaii

Stars in the night sky
Shine on crazy diamonds
Sing to the darkness

Puppy in the pen
Where is the “Little Bandit”?
Sleeping on the bed

Sunshine on my face
One more day in paradise
City of Angels

Backyard Birdwatching!
It’s just a beautiful day! 
Two hawks in the tree!

Read our previous Blog! Backyard Birdwatching!> https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/backyard-birdwatching/

Dig your facebook page!
Enjoy the recreation
Pleasant distraction

NOTE: We recently began writing haikus based on the film “The Big Lebowski”
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Please READ OUR OTHER HAIKU BLOGS! 
Search “Haiku” in the box at the top of page ^^^^^^^^^^^^

All poems copyright 2017 JoshWillTravel (yep, I wrote them all)

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A mighty oak tree
A reminder of the past
Standing tall and strong

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A mighty oak tree/A reminder of the past/Standing tall and strong

This is not the end
There will be more, wait and see
More haikus to come

Throwback Thursday! Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch

Throwback Thursday!

Yosemite National Park – Mariposa Grove

Fallen Monarch

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Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch

  • The Fallen Monarch: A tree that fell more than 300 years ago. Giant sequoias are resistant to decay, so their remains can linger for a long period of time if undisturbed.

The Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California, in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in the world. The area was first visited by non-natives in 1857 when Galen Clark and Milton Mann found it. They named the grove after Mariposa County where the grove is located.

NOTE: Mariposa Grove is CLOSED FOR RESTORATION until spring 2017!

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Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree - Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Giant Sequoia Redwood Mariposa Grove, Yosemite CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

TBT: Magical MAUI Sunsets

Sunsets on magical Maui! 

Hawaii, USA – Magic Hour on the Garden Island. These pictures are only memories of the real thing… you really had to be there.

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Hawaii - Lahaina Sunset

Maui, Hawaii – Lahaina Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magic Hour! Maui Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magic Hour! Maui Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui – Lahaina, Maui, HI (copyright 21010 JoshWillTravel)

What are your favorite memories of Hawaii? I took this sailboat picture during an evening dinner cruise out of Lahaina, Maui. When I see this picture I think about the blue Pacific ocean, tropical breezes, “umbrella drinks” and the beautiful sunsets.

BONUS: Sunrise in Hana, Maui

Hana Maui Sunrise - Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Hana Maui Sunrise – Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

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26-JUN-13: Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree

Giant Sequoia Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Turn on the wayback machine – Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA

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21-APR-13: Western Town Oak Tree

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Western Town Oak Tree - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town Oak Tree – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

IT’S NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

National Parks that charge admission are FEE FREE on certain days of the year!
National Parks Free Entrance Days: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

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Return to Paramount Ranch – Agoura, California: Part 1 Western Town

Return to Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California:
Part 1 Western Town
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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(Originally Published April 2013)

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time: Take a little trip out to the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, the old site of the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

It was a beautiful day!  Not too hot, a nice breeze and some clouds, the weather was perfect for a nice afternoon hike and a little picnic lunch.

Here’s Part 1 – Western Town

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town 8am to Sunset, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

In 1927, Paramount Studios purchased a 2,700-acre ranch on Medea Creek in the Santa Monica Mountains, now renamed Paramount Ranch Park and part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  The park is open 8am to Sunset and admission is FREE.

From the 101 Freeway, exit at Kanan Road

Kanan Road Exit - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Kanan Road Exit – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Head for the beach, but turn at the first left, onto Cornell Road

Kanan Road and Cornell Road (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Kanan Road and Cornell Road – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Travel down Cornell Road

Cornell Road

Cornell Road – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Turn right at the entrance to Paramount Ranch Park

Paramount Ranch Park - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Turn Right! Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Park by the Ranger Station compound

Paramount Ranch Park

Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oak Tree by Western Town Gate, Paramount Ranch Park (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oak Tree by Western Town Gate, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There is still a Western Town at the location for visitors to tour which continues to be used for film and television filming, notably for the “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” television series and the HBO series “Carnavale”.

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park- Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Saloon, Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Miner’s Shack, Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Miner’s Shack, Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Oak Tree in the Corral, Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Oak Tree in the Corral, Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Meadow Gate, Western Town Meadow, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Oak Tree in the Western Town Meadow, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town Meadown

Western Town Meadow, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Western Town

Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There is a nice shaded picnic area behind Western Town.

Picnic Area behind Western Town (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Area behind Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Area behind Western Town (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Area behind Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Area behind Western Town (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Area behind Western Town, Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic Lunch

Picnic Lunch: jalapeno jack cheese, wheat thins, baby carrots, strawberries, an apple, two chocolate chip cookies, fruit punch Gatorade and water.

All photos copyright 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 JoshWillTravel

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Return to Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California Part 2 – Hiking the Site

13-APR-13: Palm Tree in Studio City

Do you like this pic?

The sun behind a Palm Tree in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The sun behind a Palm Tree in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Here are some more:

Palm Trees in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Palm Trees in Studio City
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Palm Trees in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Palm Trees in Studio City
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Palm Trees in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Palm Trees in Studio City
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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