Tuesday, December 4, 2001  

Hello from Los Angeles, California!

Start time: 0815

Start odometer: 28092

Weather: Sunny all day, temperature 45 degrees F.

 

The sun was already up by the time I departed the hotel, and it was a beautiful day!  It was a full day, and very enjoyable.  I decided to stay in Los Angeles tonight in order to position myself for a visit to a friend Wednesday.  I booked this room through Hotwire, and got a great rate, even with the service charges.  Not good for the small towns I usually visit, but great for the metropolitan areas.

 

Highlights:

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The road to Border Field State Park is blocked by this dirt pile.

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A road used by the border patrol.

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The Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park.

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A recreation of the Spirit of St. Louis.

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One of several models displayed to show the progression of commercial aircraft manufacturing.

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Model of a Piedmont 767.

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Model of a North Central DC9-50

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A recreation of the Wright Flyer.

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An F4...

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...Chasing a Russian Mig!

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Bell helicopter on display.

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Ford Tri-motor

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After this aerobatic plane called "Shoestring" was retired, the owner donated it to the museum.

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A wider view of part of the exhibition hall.

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Ralph Wells, my guide to the basement.

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The Boeing P-26 being built from scratch using original plans.

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Another view of the P-26.

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Appropriately, the museum is located under an approach to San Diego Airport!

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My friend, Dave Pound.

 

Tomorrow I will visit another colleague, this time from Candle Corporation, my previous employer.  Then I will head south east to begin my long journey back to Maine, and the completion of my trip.  Thank you for visiting!

 

Routes traveled today: Ca 178 - US 395 - Ca 190 - Ca 136 - US 385 - US 15 - US 215 - US 5

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