Category Archives: Out & About

Out & About—I think I’m going with 1886 on this one….

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Barstow, California was founded in….

hmmm….

There does not seem to be agreement on exactly when Barstow was founded. One source says the late 1830s as part of the Mormon Corridor, but the same source says that the Mormon Corridor existed from the 1850s to the 1890s.

Another source says that Barstow was founded in 1880 during a silver-mining rush, first being called Fishpond and then Waterman Junction. It was renamed in 1886 to honor William Barstow Strong, then president of the Santa Fe Railway. Although mining declined, Barstow endured as a railroad town and tourist spot on Route 66. Further growth occurred when Fort Irwin Marine Corps Base was established in the 1940s.

The military and the railroads have been an important part of the history of Barstow, California, and that history was celebrated in 1986 when Rotary Centennial Park was built.

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

Rotary Centennial Park in Barstow, California

I’m wondering if Barstow built Rotary Centennial Park in 1886 because that was the centennial year. If so, I wonder why not a single source that I found gave 1886 as the year the city was founded. Nonetheless, I think I’m going to go with 1886 on this one….

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Out & About—Play at parents’ risk

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Seen at the Motel 66 where I stayed in Barstow, California, in July 2018.

Play at parent's risk

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Out & About—Could it be that old?

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I got my first bicycle when I was 8 years old (1963) and living in Brigham City, Utah. Granted, I stole it, but….

On the first day I rode my beautiful new bike to school, I parked it in the bike rack at the front of the school. This was back in the days when no one stole things (!), so bikes were not locked.

When I visited Lake View Elementary School on July 25, 2018, the entrance to the school had been moved to a different street. The school principal, who was on site when I was there, told me that re-positioning had occurred in 1981.

I went to the street where the entrance once had been and found a bike rack overgrown with weeds. Wow. I wonder. Could it be that old?

Bike rack at Lake Vew Elementary School in Brigham City, Utah

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Out & About — They got their kicks on Route 66, and stayed….

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Before the Interstate system came along, Barstow, California, was a thriving city on Route 66, the Mother Road. Barstow’s main purpose now seems to be as a major railroad junction, and visiting the historic railroad yard was my main purpose in going to Barstow this past July.

I stayed at a little Route 66 Motel:

Route 66 Motel

The motel celebrates its association with historic Route 66 using historic items, especially vehicles.

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California

Interestingly, most of these historic vehicles were taking up parking places, which seems to indicate that the motel doesn’t have a lot of business. Another way to look at this is that these folks in their cars got their kicks on Route 66, and stayed….

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Out & About — My new best. pizza. ever.

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I’m pretty sure that I was eating pizza at the age of one day. Gerber’s had to have a pizza flavor baby food mush when I was young.

My favorite is barbecued chicken pizza, a culinary delight that I discovered in 1989 when Café Eccell opened in Bryan, Texas. I lived and worked just a mile away so I visited often.

Café Eccell always had been #1 on my list of top pizza restaurants, until yesterday, when I discovered NAPIZZA.

NAPIZZA in UTC, La Jolla, California

NAPIZZA a new restaurant in San Diego’s largest mall, UTC, currently adding over 90 stores and doubling its size by adding a second story.

I love barbecue chicken pizza, so that’s what I had. Sadly, I ate all of my pizza at the restaurant without taking a picture. Fortunately, I brought a slice home with me:

BBQ pizza from NAPIZZA at UTC in La Jolla, California

They call their pizza “Roman style,” and apparently it is made in advance and 80% cooked.

NAPIZZA in UTC, La Jolla, California

When you order a slice, they finish cooking it. So it’s fast and fresh at the same time. What an interesting concept.

As you can see in the picture, they don’t skimp on the toppings. What really pushed their pizza up into my #1 spot was the crust. I’m not a fan of greasy pizzas or soggy crusts. I do like flavorful crusts. The crust on my slice was, perhaps, not as flavorful as some other pizzas I have had (the names of which I won’t state here since I have been boycotting them for eight years and don’t want to give them any free advertising or Google SEO), but the crust was to die for because of its crispy flakiness. My wise old grandmother would have wanted such a crust on her wonderful pies.

I also enjoyed sitting in the restaurant and reading their two huge murals about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.

NAPIZZA in UTC, La Jolla, California

NAPIZZA in UTC, La Jolla, California

The prices were extraordinarily reasonable, too, especially considering that this was UTC in La Jolla, a place not known for having reasonable prices for anyone but the extraordinarily wealthy.

NAPIZZA in UTC, La Jolla, California

They also have locations in Little Italy (a closer location to me), 4S Commons in 4S Ranch, and Encinitas. I rarely get to 4S Ranch, but I definitely shall be visiting the Little Italy and Encinitas locations, as well as going back to the UTC location.

Try them, and tell them you heard about them from your favorite blogger. I am your favorite blogger, yes?

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Del Taco in Barstow, California

Out & About — Just where DID Del Taco start?

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When I was in Barstow, California, the last two days of July, just down the block from the cute little Route 66 motel that I stayed in was a Del Taco.

Del Taco in Barstow, California

I have not eaten at a Del Taco since I left Texas in April 1993, possibly because I used to eat at the one in College Station, Texas, virtually every day. Since I was trying to escape the Great Nation of Texas, eating at Del Taco would remind me too much of that state.

I was on my way down to the historic Barstow railroad yard but there were a lot of homeless people in the area. One of them asked me if I had any change. I did not, but I had a credit card and offered to buy him supper. He accepted. I told him he could order anything he wanted, but I don’t think he did. I think he was simply grateful for a meal. While he was ordering and waiting, I walked to the seating area because there was a large mural on the wall. Looked like this:

Del Taco in Barstow, California

After reading the mural, I logged onto Wikipedia to read all about Del Taco. According to Wikipedia, the first Del Taco was opened in Yermo, twelve miles east of Barstow, on September 16, 1964. Its success led to the opening of two restaurants in Barstow. That left me dissatisfied with this location claiming that “it all started in Barstow.” Apparently it did not; it all started in Yermo. City rivalry perhaps?

The mural says that Del Taco started in 1961 as Taco Tia.

I could find no verification for that. The only Taco Tia I could find was Taco-Tia, an early name for Taco Bell, Del Taco’s rival. In fact, the 1961 verbiage on the mural is identical to the 1964 verbiage on Del Taco’s current web site.

From the mural in the restaurant:
From the mural in the restaurant

From Del Taco’s web site:
From Del Taco's web site

Considering the location of this Del Taco in Barstow, 401 N. First Avenue, I suspect that it is, indeed, the first Del Taco in Barstow, so probably the second Del Taco overall.

A Google search brought up three videos about the first Del Taco in Yermo, and the first one I watched gave me an address: 38434 Yermo Road. The video, uploaded to YouTube on January 21, 2018, says that there currently is a restaurant there called Burger Den. In this still, taken from a YouTube video uploaded on July 21, 2017, you can see the Burger Den sign and an old Del Taco sign:

Del Taco/Burger Den

I’m going to go with the Yermo location being the very first Del Taco and the Barstow location simply practicing a little sibling rivalry.

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Out & About — Sunrise, sunset

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While on my long road trip in late July, I was taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets, posting them to Facebook while never knowing for sure if any one would be my last sunrise or sunset.

Now that I’m home, doing better because I’m finding things to do (including trying to get back to blogging daily and visiting the blogs of all my blogging friends), I can sort through the many pictures I took and share them.

Following are the sunrises and sunsets, their locations, and dates.

Sunrise in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
July 24, 2018
The bridge in the first picture is the London Bridge which was bought by Robert McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for $2.46 million and shipped from London to Lake Havasu City where it was reassembled and opened on October 10, 1971.
Sunrise over London Bridge in Lake Havasu City AZ
Sunrise in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Mid-morning at Pirate’s Cove Resort in Needles, California.
July 24, 2018
Sunrise at Pirate's Cove Resort in Needles CA

Sunset over the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
July 24, 2018
Sunset near Kingman, Arizona

Sunset in Brigham City, Utah.
July 25, 2018
Sunset in Brigham City, Utah

Sunset on Highway 50 (the loneliest road in America)
between Ely, Nevada, and Sacramento, California.
July 26, 2018
I call the first one “Clouds on Fire.”
Sunset west of Ely, Nevada
Sunrise near Ely, Nevada

Sunrise in Yosemite National Park.
July 29, 2018
The haze is smoke from the Ferguson Fire which started a few days earlier.
Sunrise in Yosemite National Park on July 29, 2018
Sunrise in Yosemite National Park

Sunrise in Panamint Springs, California,
gateway to Death Valley National Park.
July 30, 2018
Sunrise in Panamint Springs, California

These last pictures all were taken on July 31, 2018, in Barstow, California, so I included the time the picture was taken. You’ll understand why I have so many sunset pictures from one night in Barstow once you look at them.

Sunset in Barstow, California.
July 31, 2018, 7:31 p.m.
Sunset in Barstow, California

Sunset from the historic Harvey House in Barstow, California.
July 31, 2018, 7:35 p.m.
(Google or Wikipedia “Harvey House”)
Sunset in Barstow, California

Sunset in Barstow, California.
July 31, 2018, 7:44 p.m.
Sunset in Barstow, California

Sunset in Barstow, California.
July 31, 2018, 7:48 p.m.
Sunset in Barstow, California

Sunset in Barstow, California,
looking east over the historic railroad yard.
July 30, 2018, 7:53 p.m.
Sunset over the railroad yard in Barstow, California

Sunset in Barstow, California,
looking east over the historic railroad yard.
July 31, 2018, 8:01 p.m.
Sunset in Barstow, California

Which one is your favorite?

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