San Gabriel Valley >>> TOUR

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San Gabriel Valley >>> TOUR

Postby nichols » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:27 pm

I was born in West Covina and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, long in the shadow of that other valley... Some great survivors are still out there and ModCom has been fighting for the best of them. Since most of our constituents are not familiar with the area, a group of us in the ModCom have been working on a tour. I was planning it to be self-guided with rendezvous points where we would meet a special guest or hear a story and take lots of pictures, but I did a dry run this weekend and figured it might be a lot better on a bus. What do you think? Would you go? Saturday or Sunday? Bus ($20) or self-drive? 4 hours or 6 or more? Here are the "greatest hits" but there's plenty of good stuff in between, maybe including a Case Study house!

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Monster Park at La Laguna
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=873
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Covina Bowl
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1746
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Driftwood Dairy
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=10110
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Star Theater
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6803
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Azusa-Foothill Drive-In
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5612
AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!!

Wanna go?

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Postby sparklegem » Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:07 am

It sounds like fun! I would like to go. A bus becomes costly for our family since there are three ($60). Having redezvous points sounds very nice. Please keep us in the loop!
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Postby nredom » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:26 pm

YES, please. Sat or Sun, with some advance notice...

Let's not forget the Donut Hole, La Puente; and any train-related structures that remain...

I guess Pomona Valley would be whole other tour, eh...?

http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Pomona-V ... 314&sr=1-2

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Sounds like a back to the future blast

Postby khummer » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:34 pm

Thanks for the link Chris! Don't forget the googie taco shop on Rt 66. I have the depche mode sign along track of Route 66. It rocks!

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Postby Chrisgreen » Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:16 pm

I think it's great... although I thought you were mainly going to do a Covina Bowl visit. This sounds like it might get too big and unwieldy to me, although if it happens I'm definitely interested, bus or no bus!
This could turn into a marathon where we can't spend as much time as we'd like at each location....

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Postby Adriene » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:00 am

Gem and Chris G. have a good point...

If we keep to our original idea of a self-driving tour,
people can spend more time at the places they like best
instead of rushing from place to place.

We must all meet at The Bahooka for cocktails!

Pomona Valley is BIG and deserves its own separate tour.

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Postby sparklegem » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:15 am

Hi Chris,

My vote is for Saturday. Sunday is the Tiki Mugs book signing at 8 Ball!

Please call me. My email is definitely down.

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Postby nichols » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:36 pm

SGV is almost too big for it's own tour. So we DO NOT want to meet up with speakers at the sites? and we do not want a bus? OK. This will likely happen in about a month, so any conficts can be scheduled around. Any more input?

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Postby sparklegem » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:51 am

Oh, I definitely want to meet up with speakers at the sites!

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Postby Adriene » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:07 pm

Having speakers always makes it more fun for everyone! And even if we have a small bus, those who want to travel by car can follow. Chris, will call you to work out the route.

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fun!

Postby sparklegem » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:58 pm

It is also more fun to get to see things as a group.

Please let me know what we can do to help!!

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Postby davidk6 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:25 am

nichols wrote:SGV is almost too big for it's own tour. So we DO NOT want to meet up with speakers at the sites? and we do not want a bus? OK. This will likely happen in about a month, so any conficts can be scheduled around. Any more input?


Since we don't drive, we'd prefer a bus...and six hours...or eight...or ten...or...

But, one way or the other -- we can, hopefully, get friends to drive -- please hold off until July so that we can participate.

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Postby Perks » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:12 pm

Cool idea. SGV is definitely a treasure trove of mid-century design. So long as the date works out, I'm definitely in!
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Postby sparklegem » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:40 pm

I know that it is hard to please everyone, but I vote for April, May or June. It will be cooler and we will be in town...

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Postby vintagegirl » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:23 pm

I agree that May or June would be better for the weather. Perhaps those that don't want to drive can carpool with others. Speakers are nice, but if you can't swing those, there's always the option of an informational handout/guide. If it is more than 4 hours perhaps a lunch break can be worked in. Picnic at the park?

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Postby sparklegem » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:35 pm

That sounds really nice! I love the idea of a picnic- or should we say Tripnic?!

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Postby nichols » Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:10 am

How mamy hours can you folks handle?

4?
6?
8?

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This tour will be so much fun, Chris!

Postby sparklegem » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:44 am

Four or six would be easiest for us.


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