|Red Chair Travels||
Red's original plan to end the first day visiting the Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla was to try a little hang gliding and para gliding at La Jolla's Torrey Pine Glideport, however conditions for gliding that day were poor due to the un-seasonally hot and dry Santa Ana winds. Instead the next best thing the Red Chair could do was to spend a few minutes admiring the breathtaking view from Glider Cliffs. Although not the same, it still was one of the best spots the Red Chair has ever seen!
The Red Chair loves meeting other red "items"! It is especially exciting when they are super old and full of history just like the Red Chair itself. While visiting the Ballard Inn and Restaurant in Ballard, CA the innkeepers took Red to visit the Ballard Little Red Schoolhouse, the first school established in Santa Barbara County in 1882 and is still in use today! Sounds like the Red Chair and the Schoolhouse have a few things in common besides their color!
The Red Chair modeled for students from the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) on the grounds of Laguna Nursery -- arranged with the assistance of the LOCA director Mike Tauber, Laguna Nursery owner Ruben Flores, and Ashley Johnson from Visit Laguna Beach. The class members had a blast doing watercolors of Red and didn't want to let Red go. Red loved the challenge of sitting still for so long and would totally do it again!
The Red Chair Travels received nothing less than royal treatment from the entire town of Coronado, CA. From the amazing staff at the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach all the way to the local residents and visitors Red met while out and about in the surrounding area. With so many kind and interesting people all around it was nearly impossible to say good bye to such a captivating atmosphere. When it did come time for the Red Chair to move on to the next beautiful destination, Red's wonderful hosts are all about the pampering and provided Red with one of the most rejuvenating Spring-cleanings it has ever had! The Red Chair felt more than ready to greet the next leg of the journey.
After a delicious breakfast at the Strawberry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Red Chair decided to head back into town where it ran into a couple of very interesting Pacific Crest Trailhikers. Red learned all about this 2,650 mile trail that runs from Canada to Mexico across some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable (including the area in and around Idyllwild). Hikers would often quit their jobs, give up their housing, and spend six months or so of their lives completing the trail. The Red Chair can definitely relate to that.
This is one lucky chair! Red was just spoiled by the Innkeepers of the Inn at Europa Village for the past few days, and of course Red was loving every second of it! A signature feature of this amazing Inn is Innkeeper and Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Every morning Chef Dean takes his guests on an international breakfast "experience" as well as cooking for all dinner or special events that the winery hosts. Red says this is one special touch you just have to experience for yourself!
When the Red Chair visited the Innkeepers of the Serendipity Ranch Bed and Breakfast, they sat for hours talking about this wonderful, small little town of Oak Glen. One of the interesting places, they mentioned, was the Oak Glen School Museum. The first Oak Glen School was a wooden structure, replaced in 1927 with a more modern rock faced structure. Many of the current Oak Glen residents actually attended school in this one room building!
Innkeeper Dawn, of Prescott Pines B&B, took the Red Chair to check out Prescott's famous Whiskey Row, where Red visited The Palace, which opened in 1877 and is the oldest frontier saloon in Arizona. In the late 1870's Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate were patrons of the Palace, and re-enactors were on site this weekend, gearing up for Prescott's Sesquicentennial celebration this summer. What a cool place to visit!
The Red Chair and Innkeeper Elaine headed to Madrid, New Mexico, the tiny town between Cedar Crest and Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail and setting for the movie Wild Hogs. Madrid began life as a mining town and is now a ghost town, home to artisans and their crafts. Its charm lies in the Old West feel carried over from its heyday. This was as far up the Turquoise Trail as Red wanted to go on this trip, but it was well worth the visit!
Innkeeper Amy decided to start the day off at the famous “Friendship Oak” in Pascagoula which is located off of Highway 90 directly across from the new location of the Round Island Lighthouse. Red had heard this particular lighthouse's history was quite a wild ride so Amy happily explained from the very beginning: The lighthouse originally sat on Round Island, a barrier island in the Mississippi Sound off of the Gulf of Mexico, for nearly 150 years. In 1986 48.98 acres of Round Island, including the lighthouse, were sold to the City of Pascagoula. It was then nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and shortly thereafter, the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed. On September 27, 1998, Hurricane Georges swept through the area creating a ten-foot storm surge which undermined the foundation and caused the tower to topple over. Attempts were made to rebuild the lighthouse using as much of the original structure as possible until August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to the project, toppling the base of the lighthouse inside its protective caisson. In April of 2007 plans were officially announced and work began to relocate the lighthouse to a waterfront site in Pascagoula. As you can see it has been restored to its original splendor and is a new and historic landmark as you enter from the west into Pascagoula. Red was so glad to get a chance to see it in person!