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Monday, 17 March 2014

Ostrichland

Ostrichland

Location: Solvang, California, USA
Address: 610 E Highway 246
Date: Feb 2014
Website: www.ostrichlandusa.com

Located just off the highway as you head towards Solvang is a place called Ostrichland which gives you an opportunity to get up close and feed the largest bird in the world.  If you buy some ostrich food you are given a dog bowl filled with feed and screwed onto a dustpan.  Then you are sent on your way to where the birds eagerly await.  Once you stick your bowl within reach of the fence, it doesn't take long for the birds to polish off all the feed inside.  Hold on tight as they repeatedly twist their long necks and slam their heads down to take a big bite.

That watch looks nice.

They also will do their best to take the bowl, dustpan and any remaining feed from you in one swift grab.  There are signs warning "Yes, We like to bite!" so we didn't get closer than a 4 foot neck.  Also be wary that there are always more birds around you looking to get in on the action.  Don't worry if you should drop some feed in the process.

Cheeky squirrel

While we were there the ground squirrels stretched their cheeks to the limit in order to carry away every last piece.  Don't let the ostriches rob you of all your feed as a little further along is another pen where the emus are awaiting their turn.  A great souvenir from the gift shop is an ostrich finger puppet.  Just be thankful you still have some to put inside.

Don't you forget about me.



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Ostrichland

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Bronson Caves (aka The Batcave)


Bronson Caves

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Address: Canyon Dr., Griffith Park
Date: Feb 2014


"Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed."
"Roger. Ready to move out."

  Fans of the 60s TV show Batman will want to see this location when visiting Griffith Park.  It is located not on any road that leads to the Griffith Observatory but further (Adam) West on Canyon Road.  We parked in a gravel parking lot and then entered the trail heading south.  We did notice the sign warning that there were rattlesnakes in the area but we had no intention of running off into the bushes or turning over rocks.  We stayed on the dirt road that was wide enough to drive a truck full of camera gear or a Batmobile through.

Holy hole in a donut.

  Just a short way up the trail and there on the left we spotted it.  In fact we looked straight through it.  It was missing some vegetation and there was no little red and white road barrier, but we knew we had reached our destination.  The caves had been created by a quarry that operated in the early 1900's and since then many film and television productions have used the site.  None has done so quite as famously as the Batman television series.
Now how do we get back from here?  I believe it is about 14 miles to Gotham City.

The Batcave


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Bronson Caves

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Forever Peacocks

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Date: Feb 2014
Website: www.hollywoodforever.com

Right in the middle of Hollywood is a cemetery that is worth visiting.  The beautifully maintained grounds are a great place for a relaxing stroll.  There are many famous people who have chosen this as their final resting place.  A few notables we visited were Don Adams of Get Smart fame, and Johnny Ramone of The Ramones, whose bust rises out of his gravestone to forever strum away.

Rock n Roll Grave Stone
Would You Believe...

 One grave we had planned to visit was that of Mel Blanc, best known for being just about every voice you hear in the Looney Tunes cartoons.  We had expected to find him in "The Garden of Legends" so we wandered around the pond checking each grave in hopes the next was his.  Eventually we gave in and asked a groundskeeper for assistance.  He did not know where to find Mel, but did let us know that the flower shop has maps available.  Off to the flower shop where just a quick look at a map and we were on to plot #34.

Garden Of Legends

This took us back to "The Garden of Legends" which was still looking lovely with the sun shining and geese swimming in the waters.  Some time passed and again it was back to the flower shop, where maps cost $5.00. G. Mel Blanc resides in plot #84 (you see how that happened?) and has a simple gravestone that states That's All Folks.

That's All Folks

 We also had to say goodbye to the peacocks and the palm trees and headed out the cemetery gates straight towards the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood Forever


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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Mel Blanc , Johnny Ramone , Don Adams

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