11/18/2013 – California Citrus State Historic Park and Riverside History

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Well, in case you have not figured it out, we have arrived in the Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails park in Menifee, California.  Athena is in working on the web sites selling stuff. I am enjoying the brisk winter air which has to cooled down to 80 degrees by now. My job is to sit in a chair by the pool watching to make sure Sarah and her friends don’t die in the pool. Perhaps, I am back to my lowly security job out of college, or I have been elevated to the position of life guard. Since there are no older women pretending to drown in the pool, I am guessing it is just plain old Dad, the security guard wanna be. Truly I would have liked to have been elevated to Life Guard poser!
Well, in case you have not figured it out, we have arrived in the Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails park in Menifee, California. Athena is in working on the web sites selling stuff. I am enjoying the brisk winter air which has to cooled down to 80 degrees by now. My job is to sit in a chair by the pool watching to make sure Sarah and her friends don’t die in the pool. Perhaps, I am back to my lowly security job out of college, or I have been elevated to the position of life guard. Since there are no older women pretending to drown in the pool, I am guessing it is just plain old Dad, the security guard wanna be. Truly I would have liked to have been elevated to Life Guard poser!
Sarah and friends do a lot of hanging out when in the pool. The most exciting moment was when Sarah thought she lost her hair tie. They did considerable swimming scouring the pool bottom. They got a lot of exercise until they found the tie had fallen on the pool deck and was actually safe at hand all along.
Sarah and friends do a lot of hanging out when in the pool. The most exciting moment was when Sarah thought she lost her hair tie. They did considerable swimming scouring the pool bottom. They got a lot of exercise until they found the tie had fallen on the pool deck and was actually safe at hand all along.
An administrative note: If you have a refrigerator model 1200 with serial numbers in the above picture, there is a recall on the unit. A little piece that limits temperature build up may well be defective, and cause fire. The fire, would probably make Daunte’s Inferno look like a camp fire. It’s probably no big deal except refrigerator are typically intended to keep things cool, campfires not so much.
An administrative note: If you have a refrigerator model 1200 with serial numbers in the above picture, there is a recall on the unit. A little piece that limits temperature build up may well be defective, and cause fire. The fire, would probably make Daunte’s Inferno look like a camp fire. It’s probably no big deal except refrigerator are typically intended to keep things cool, campfires not so much.
Before we head out to “California Citrus State Park” I had to make good on one more promise. Make a healthy donation to Walmart in return for Bicycle for Sarah.  – The bike looks good, and weighs a ton, so I feel like I got my $90.00 worth, and the State of California is happy too, as they got nearly 10% of that. Don’t ask me to do the math, I just have to know I did my family duty, and my civil duty to the state of California.
Before we head out to “California Citrus State Park” I had to make good on one more promise. Make a healthy donation to Walmart in return for Bicycle for Sarah. – The bike looks good, and weighs a ton, so I feel like I got my $90.00 worth, and the State of California is happy too, as they got nearly 10% of that. Don’t ask me to do the math, I just have to know I did my family duty, and my civil duty to the state of California.
We finally get on the road to the “California State Citrus Historic Park”  This park is about 45 minutes from the Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails RV Resort.   Go north on hwy 215, to hwy 91, go west on 91 to Vanburen turn left drive a couple a miles there will be a big citrus fruit sign on the left. Our GPS took us off 215 at March Air Field, (East end of Vanburen) we got lost, there is no signage for the museum coming from the air base, and the gps took us out into the middle of a beautiful orange grove, where private citizens are frowned upon. – Upon arrival we had to pay $5.00 to park. (Beware, the museum has no bathrooms, uses the one at the far end of a road to that meanders off to the left. You will not see another toilet)
We finally get on the road to the “California State Citrus Historic Park” This park is about 45 minutes from the Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails RV Resort. Go north on hwy 215, to hwy 91, go west on 91 to Vanburen turn left drive a couple a miles there will be a big citrus fruit sign on the left. Our GPS took us off 215 at March Air Field, (East end of Vanburen) we got lost, there is no signage for the museum coming from the air base, and the gps took us out into the middle of a beautiful orange grove, where private citizens are frowned upon. – Upon arrival we had to pay $5.00 to park. (Beware, the museum has no bathrooms, uses the one at the far end of a road to that meanders off to the left. You will not see another toilet)
The only map of the park we encountered, it is pretty, not very helpful.
The only map of the park we encountered, it is pretty, not very helpful.
Some old equipment used to keep the groves tidy.  I wonder how they kept horses from eating the oranges while working.
Some old equipment used to keep the groves tidy. I wonder how they kept horses from eating the oranges while working.
They used to call me a Kumquat in school. Seeing what a Kumquat is, I must say they must have been somewhat blind, I see no resemblance.
They used to call me a Kumquat in school. Seeing what a Kumquat is, I must say they must have been somewhat blind, I see no resemblance.
Look at the size of this lemon. I forget the variety, but did you see the size Athena’s Lemon!!
Look at the size of this lemon. I forget the variety, but did you see the size Athena’s Lemon!!
Here is another pair of lemons
Here is another pair of lemons
Mandarin Oranges
Mandarin Oranges
We got to the top of a hill in the park, these trees have an abundance of fruit. They are surrounded however by urban sprawl. Each tree takes about 5 years to bear fruit, and 10 years before it is at full production capacity. Fruit is not a going to make you rich right away, and citrus farming is not very portable. When the city comes, you cannot just pack up and move the farm. All one can really do, is sell the farm, pack up the family and move to Beverly.
We got to the top of a hill in the park, these trees have an abundance of fruit. They are surrounded however by urban sprawl. Each tree takes about 5 years to bear fruit, and 10 years before it is at full production capacity. Fruit is not a going to make you rich right away, and citrus farming is not very portable. When the city comes, you cannot just pack up and move the farm. All one can really do, is sell the farm, pack up the family and move to Beverly.
Water, the most precious resource on the planet, and for California comes at a high price. In 1879 this was all arid desert, until a lady with some water planted an orange tree.  She harvested and gave away her oranges, which had a taste unlike any other known in the country. Investors caught Orange fever. The government had a land grant here offering land to anyone who wanted it for a $1.15 an acre, but the buyer had to have water brought to it. These canals started springing up everywhere, as well as orange groves and packing plants, by 1890, Riverside California was the richest city per capita in America.
Water, the most precious resource on the planet, and for California comes at a high price. In 1879 this was all arid desert, until a lady with some water planted an orange tree. She harvested and gave away her oranges, which had a taste unlike any other known in the country. Investors caught Orange fever. The government had a land grant here offering land to anyone who wanted it for a $1.15 an acre, but the buyer had to have water brought to it. These canals started springing up everywhere, as well as orange groves and packing plants, by 1890, Riverside California was the richest city per capita in America.
People started swarming into California for lots of reasons, eventually making water too expensive to use on farming, and land too valuable to leave to silly things like fruit trees.
People started swarming into California for lots of reasons, eventually making water too expensive to use on farming, and land too valuable to leave to silly things like fruit trees.
This is a nice set of Palmettos
This is a nice set of Palmettos
This stairway goes somewhere, no idea where I did not go down them, we were out of time, and I had to use the restroom which is in the opposite direction. The important note here, is the place is pleasant, one can walk a few miles if he likes. They have a little museum, don’t skip the video presentations they are extremely helpful and only take five minutes. The rangers we met were a husband-wife team who between them were a fountain of knowledge, we asked them questions that would rival the quantity of a toddler and the quality of a Stanford Graduate. Comparatively we understand slightly more than the toddler would, but we know more than we would have if we had not not taken time to ask. In their awesomeness, the rangers recommended we see the historic buildings of downtown Riverside.  So on to Riverside! (Note: The fruit is ripe Dec-Feb, they might give you some to sample if you’re there those months.)
This stairway goes somewhere, no idea where I did not go down them, we were out of time, and I had to use the restroom which is in the opposite direction. The important note here, is the place is pleasant, one can walk a few miles if he likes. They have a little museum, don’t skip the video presentations they are extremely helpful and only take five minutes. The rangers we met were a husband-wife team who between them were a fountain of knowledge, we asked them questions that would rival the quantity of a toddler and the quality of a Stanford Graduate. Comparatively we understand slightly more than the toddler would, but we know more than we would have if we had not not taken time to ask. In their awesomeness, the rangers recommended we see the historic buildings of downtown Riverside. So on to Riverside! (Note: The fruit is ripe Dec-Feb, they might give you some to sample if you’re there those months.)
We have arrived in Riverside – (Hint – parking on the side of the street is free in most place Saturday and Sunday) This is the court house, it looks overly ornate and Romanesque. The court house was built when they had too much money around 1890.
We have arrived in Riverside – (Hint – parking on the side of the street is free in most place Saturday and Sunday)
This is the court house, it looks overly ornate and Romanesque. The court house was built when they had too much money around 1890.
The court house is ruled by boob man and his assistant. I think they wore their shirt down on one side one day, and the other the other day to avoid getting tan lines.
The court house is ruled by boob man and his assistant. I think they wore their shirt down on one side one day, and the other the other day to avoid getting tan lines.
This man was weighed in the balance and found wanting. So boob man stabbed his friend in the back.  What we learn from here, one better hope that when placed on the scale, the person on the other side has smaller boobs, or you have lead stashed in your toga.
This man was weighed in the balance and found wanting. So boob man stabbed his friend in the back. What we learn from here, one better hope that when placed on the scale, the person on the other side has smaller boobs, or you have lead stashed in your toga.
I do not know what these folks are up to, but that dude has those scales. It can’t be good. Word of advice, If you or your neighbor have something to work out, work it out at home, give to him what he asks, don’t go to court. The dude with the scales always shows up, and your losses have the potential to be greater than ever. Be thee ware of the Ides of Boob Man!
I do not know what these folks are up to, but that dude has those scales. It can’t be good. Word of advice, If you or your neighbor have something to work out, work it out at home, give to him what he asks, don’t go to court. The dude with the scales always shows up, and your losses have the potential to be greater than ever. Be thee ware of the Ides of Boob Man!
We found the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey. They turned it into retro modern art! No loss in my mind, that movie put me to sleep!
We found the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey. They turned it into retro modern art! No loss in my mind, that movie put me to sleep!
And lots of kids, it appears – (Man, Who else gets one of the main drags in every American city named after him. It’s ok though seems he was a good man with a plan, but some one did not share his dream. I guess the good man won, I know his name. Have not seen a street named after the aggressor)
And lots of kids, it appears – (Man, Who else gets one of the main drags in every American city named after him. It’s ok though seems he was a good man with a plan, but some one did not share his dream. I guess the good man won, I know his name. Have not seen a street named after the aggressor)
Athena reads about how Ceaser Chavez lead the little people out of having to work for low wages.
Athena reads about how Ceaser Chavez lead the little people out of having to work for low wages.
The little people looked up to his backside. (They look like they are working rather hard compared to him.)
The little people looked up to his backside. (They look like they are working rather hard compared to him.)
Part of the courthouse, no signs, could be where they kept the monks and bell ringers.
Part of the courthouse, no signs, could be where they kept the monks and bell ringers.
We arrive at the Mission Inn. There are plastic little man-like things on all the balconies.
We arrive at the Mission Inn. There are plastic little man-like things on all the balconies.
The hotel is cool, and huge. The building was completed in 1930 just in time for the end of prohibition. There is a cool Italian restaurant here. You need to be an ultra rich Asian who owns a software company to eat there though, or have deep credit line.
The hotel is cool, and huge. The building was completed in 1930 just in time for the end of prohibition. There is a cool Italian restaurant here. You need to be an ultra rich Asian who owns a software company to eat there though, or have deep credit line.
The hotel was officially opened the first time in 1903. This year you too can stay here and relive its birth, and its 110th anniversary. Average people, can’t do this of course, but I hear tell that one might be able to convince his employer to send him here on a training mission. I asked my boss, Athena, she says the business is not yet profitable, but very very close. :) Note to self, make sure your employer is profitable before asking for extravagant business trips.
The hotel was officially opened the first time in 1903. This year you too can stay here and relive its birth, and its 110th anniversary. Average people, can’t do this of course, but I hear tell that one might be able to convince his employer to send him here on a training mission. I asked my boss, Athena, she says the business is not yet profitable, but very very close. 🙂 Note to self, make sure your employer is profitable before asking for extravagant business trips.
But it is only $600 a night plus tips, tax, and those little extras. Just think of all the history we could learn.
But it is only $600 a night plus tips, tax, and those little extras. Just think of all the history we could learn.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan did their honey moon here. That is so cool, but don’t give me their room. I never use a room after honey mooners have had it. That is just disturbing!
Ronald and Nancy Reagan did their honey moon here. That is so cool, but don’t give me their room. I never use a room after honey mooners have had it. That is just disturbing!
They provide nut crackers, they are huge, and high. Before making that climb you better have a lot of nuts! Too much work for just a few!
They provide nut crackers, they are huge, and high. Before making that climb you better have a lot of nuts! Too much work for just a few!
Looks like a tombstone from the mid 18th century impaled in the wall of the hotel. There is a funeral home up the street, and judging by the way the drive around here, it may have just fallen off the truck. I wonder if they will ever find it?
Looks like a tombstone from the mid 18th century impaled in the wall of the hotel. There is a funeral home up the street, and judging by the way the drive around here, it may have just fallen off the truck. I wonder if they will ever find it?
Now this is wrong! We are in Southern California. Frosty should not have come.
Now this is wrong! We are in Southern California. Frosty should not have come.
Sarah looks to the right, and yells “Scary Clown” like he is a zombie or something.  Hmm, maybe Frosty was duped into being the water source for the flower garden. One can’t trust anyone these days. Poor Frosty.
Sarah looks to the right, and yells “Scary Clown” like he is a zombie or something. Hmm, maybe Frosty was duped into being the water source for the flower garden. One can’t trust anyone these days. Poor Frosty.
Too much speech without thought, can massacre wisdom. Too much freedom of speech and we begin to fear. Too much fear and we voluntarily lose liberty
Too much speech without thought, can massacre wisdom. Too much freedom of speech and we begin to fear. Too much fear and we voluntarily lose liberty
Enough fun with history and our founding Fathers. We are cheap, and Italian really does sound good about now. We found right next to our car a small mismanaged pizza joint. I love this place, where else can you get an extra large pizza at supper time for $8.00, then get up in the morning and do it again!
Enough fun with history and our founding Fathers. We are cheap, and Italian really does sound good about now. We found right next to our car a small mismanaged pizza joint. I love this place, where else can you get an extra large pizza at supper time for $8.00, then get up in the morning and do it again!
The pizza is a hit with the ladies – we are livin’ large! Good Evening and Good Night!! -
The pizza is a hit with the ladies – we are livin’ large!
Good Evening and Good Night!! –
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