Sunday, June 24, 2012

San Pedro



On a hill top, former marine base, now artist studios and galleries.





There's a marine animal rescue down the road a piece. These two little chubby boys were saved from fishing nets. Once their scars have healed, they'll be released. The rescue is run almost entirely by volunteers and through individual donations and grants. Most of the guests will return to the wild, though none seemed in any particular hurry to do so. (Accommodations include meals, swimming pools, sea-breeze, and bunk beds, but I'm not sure about WiFi or cable.)

28 comments:

  1. Having a former army base turned into artist studios is the nicest thing I've heard all day.

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  2. Oh, sure. You had to post the least flattering picture of me.

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  3. I guess Belmont Shores Model Railroad club was closed? I was there for the semi-annual open house a couple months ago. It's one of the first N-Scale model railroad clubs in the country, and I believe they invented modular railroads (long story.) Their model railroad is something to see, but you can see a lot on their website.

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  4. I fell in love with San Pedro. The working harbor, bridges -- what a marvel of engineering. Sadly, the Railroad club was closed as most things were this Sunday. But Altadena artist Deborah Thomas was featured in an Eco-Art show -- good stuff.

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  5. I didn't know the base had been converted. I guess I haven't been there in ages.

    Those sea lions are shiny.

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  6. I want to go see the battleship Iowa when they open it to the public in July.

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  7. According to Belmont Shores website, http://www.belmontshorerr.com/index.html, they've been at the base since 1979.

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  8. We saw the Iowa from a distance. Jeepers. I'd love a tour of some of the working merchant ships. My dad could always get us ad hoc tours at any working harbor because half the ship captains are Norwegian.

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  9. I'm sorry I missed the fun. San Pedro's got a lot going for it - I like the Cabrillo Point aquarium. Can you visit the marine mammal rescue center?

    Margaret, is that you in the top picture or the bottom one?

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  10. Thank heavens those beauties were saved. Lack of WiFi? That's small fish to fry...

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  11. I'd love to see them climb into the top bunk bed. Bet it's a slippery ordeal.

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  12. My father-in-law had a favorite Chinese restaurant in San Pedro, so we'd periodically head there for that.

    Love those rescues.

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  13. San Pedro and Oceanside are the last remaining beach towns that haven't had their guts gentrified out from under them - and the home of Charles Bukowski (before he moved to San Marino).

    As much as I love Claremont, Pedro was my college town - still have friends who keep their studios in that complex.

    Did you meet up with Tash?

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  14. That's why we loved it -- San Pedro, or much of it, looks like a real harbor rather than Disney's Harborland.

    Bellis, visitors are encouraged to visit the marine mammal rescue, and docents are on hand to answer questions.

    PA -- I've been wondering what has happened to Tash...

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  15. those guests look distinctly uninterested in WiFi and cable. I'd contemplate that they're dreaming of surfing instead.

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  16. Ok...am I really the only one who got freaked out when I saw the top shot??? I thought you'd gone off to Borneo or some such place and not told us...

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  17. That is some lovely blorpitude in the last photo, all sleek and shiny. They look like they're just counting the days until they get to go back to the ocean.

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  18. Those chubby pups are not, indeed, Margaret and I, nor are they sea lions.

    They are male baby elephant seals. Here's what they'll look like when they grow up and get their proboscisus (probosci?):
    http://www.oceanlight.com/spotlight.php?img=15458

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  19. Those two look pretty relaxed, although they could probably do with a little watering down.

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  20. The face in the tree is creepy. San Pedro sounds like a place in which I need to wander.

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  21. Oh they look so hot there but I trust you my friend and if you say they are well cared for, I am happy about that.
    V

    PS I hope to have news about a place we've talked about soon.

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  22. The "face" photo really grabs your attention! This sounds like a wonderful place to wander...

    Also glad to see that a marine animal rescue org is there.

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  23. Truth in advertising, I was coming off a late night party and wasn't at what you'd call 100%. So rather than take photos of the bridges and cranes and ships, I thought, "Oooo, creepy head."

    But SP is now my favorite place. I'm ready to put up a For Sale sign and move. The sea elephants, which in no way resemble anyone I know, have free access to their own pool but sometimes chose to sun worship.

    Christina, I'll invite you next time. If you're free, you'll love it.

    Virg, I'm all agog.

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  24. You didn't get any Pt Fermin pics?
    (Btw, which one is the unflattering pic of MF?)

    I'm also a fan of San Pedro. And, KB.

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  25. The "face" of the boy grabs my attention too.
    San Pedro sounds a nice community.

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  26. Best of luck to the chubby boys and their ilk. Thanks be that there are people who do this work--it never occurred to me that it existed.

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  27. San Pedro is one of my favorite towns. It's looks like a lot of other cities. Because of that, a lot of TV and movie shooting is done there. I LOVE the harbor area.

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  28. I'm glad to know those chubby guys are in good hands and will soon be released into the wild. I bet they'll miss the bunk beds though.

    But Hiker, you can't leave Altadena for San Pedro! Can you?

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