Beaumont Veterans Memorial – A Personal Connection

Beaumont, California.

In the United States, September 11 is a day for reflecting on the services of our first responders and those veterans who serve and defend our country both here and in foreign lands. Throughout the country there are many veterans and first responder memorials, and so it is with Beaumont, California. The city of less than 50,000 residents is located east of the Los Angeles metro in Southern California. The plaque above is implanted in the sidewalk of a memorial that happens to have a personal connection with my family. Continue reading

Downtown Disneyland

Anaheim, California.

A few weeks ago, I found myself in Anaheim, less than a mile from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. My work there precluded going to the park, yet somehow I was feeling I would be missing out if I didn’t spend some time in the land of the mouse. The Disney theme parks are not inexpensive so if that’s your destination, you need to consider the amount of time available and plan to spend several hours there. For those of us who simply didn’t have the time, we are fortunate that in 2001, after the construction of the second theme park and the Disneyland Resorts, a large promenade housing restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues provided enough of a taste of Disney to satisfy me. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 9 September 2018

Santa Ana, California.

Last week on Cellpic Sunday I featured an image of the Anaheim Convention Center. I was in that neighborhood for our annual Civil Air Patrol National Conference. The nearest airport is in Santa Ana, John Wayne Airport (SNA) was designated as the departure and arrival airport. As is my usual practice, I always show up at the airport well over an hour prior to boarding, often two hours ahead of time. I prefer to arrive at the airport, go through security, and overspend on coffee or breakfast at my leisure content that I will be sitting in the gate area reading in plenty of time to board my aircraft. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 2 September 2018

Anaheim, California.

Last week, the Civil Air Patrol National Conference took us to Anaheim, California. Though our hotel was a short walk from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, I didn’t have any time to visit. Our hotel was located next to the Anaheim Convention Center. The classic steel and glass architecture was built in 1967 and over the years, it went through six major expansions. This entrance is flanked by a Marriott Hotel on one side and a Hilton Hotel on the other. The other entrance on Katella Avenue is directly across from the Disneyland Resort. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind

 

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

San Diego, California

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to share a photo that reflects our state of mind at the time the photo was taken. From his challenge post, “You can often tell my mood state just by looking at an image I took during that period of time.” You can read the entire challenge post hereContinue reading

La Jolla Cove – San Diego’s Most Photographed Beach

La Jolla Cove-1 La Jolla, California.

Pronounced La Hoy-ah, this photographer who grew up in California was at least a dozen years old when I realized that La Jolla and La Hoya were the same place. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.

On the day we visited the Cove at La Jolla, I don’t know who had the greater population, the people or the birds. Continue reading