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Living and Touring in California 1965

California Parks, San Francisco and LA


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In October 1964, Bob was transferred from Norfolk to Post Graduate School in Monterey California. We arrived in California in December 1964 with two cars and two children after taking two trips across the country. We rented a house in Marina California.

Our front door decorated for Christmas

Our front door decorated for Christmas


It was on a one block street that dead-ended into the Fort Ord fence.
Looking down the canyon - rows of houses in our development

Looking down the canyon - rows of houses in our development

Beach near our house (for fishing or surfing - too cold and rough to swim)

Beach near our house (for fishing or surfing - too cold and rough to swim)


We rented because the people that had bought houses had a lot of trouble selling them. There was nothing in Marina when we lived there and while Fort Ord was still open. Our house backed up to a sheep farm.
Sheep farm behind our house

Sheep farm behind our house


House we rented - cars in the garage

House we rented - cars in the garage


Youngest sitting in a chair in the living room-oldest on fireplace hearth

Youngest sitting in a chair in the living room-oldest on fireplace hearth

back yard - if you don't water every day - nothing but sand.  So a big sand box for the kids

back yard - if you don't water every day - nothing but sand. So a big sand box for the kids


I used to do my grocery shopping at the small Fort Ord commissary.

We did a lot of touring in California - the first place we went was Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey
Dennis the Menace Park drinking fountain

Dennis the Menace Park drinking fountain


BB about to go down the big slide

BB about to go down the big slide

Barb climbing the jungle gym

Barb climbing the jungle gym

5adacc90-e8eb-11ec-8e2b-49ec04c94e02.jpgDEB BB and girl in cab of engine

DEB BB and girl in cab of engine

My husband Bob commuted from Marina through Fort Ord to the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.
Highway through Fort Ord

Highway through Fort Ord

Shooting Range on Fort Ord

Shooting Range on Fort Ord


Later my daughter started pre-school there. Bob was driving the 1932 Plymouth (PB) to work.
3142-00160042.jpg1932 PB Plymouth 4 door sedan

1932 PB Plymouth 4 door sedan



One of the problems with the PB was the tendency to break axles. We had spares, but if an axle broke, the outside end was easy to remove, but you needed to have something to get the other end out before you replaced the axle. This was called an axle puller. It was kind of an axle lasso. Bob had a broken axle on the way to work one day. He had the spare axle and the axle puller in the car behind the back seat. So he fixed it and went on to school. He was studying Ordnance Engineering. He got to blow stuff up on the beach.

I had the use of
the station wagon

the station wagon


During the week, I would drive Debbie in to pre-school in Monterey. Bob hated the station wagon. He proposed that we trade it on a VW bus. I was horrified. It was hardly a year old. It had A/C (which we really didn’t need on the north coast of California.) So I convinced him that we should not trade. And he convinced me that we should. It took about a year for me to work him back around to his original position

On weekends in 1965, we would tour around California.

We went to the races at Laguna Seca where we saw the Chaparral driven by: Jim Hall
LaGuna Seca (which wasn’t dry in the spring of 1965)

LaGuna Seca (which wasn’t dry in the spring of 1965)

Leaving Laguna Seca -sunburned

Leaving Laguna Seca -sunburned

We visited the Lone Cypress
Lone Cypress

Lone Cypress


and went to the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach

Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach


which was only for very special cars. (More special than ours)

We drove down to Big Sur one Sunday,
Along highway 101

Along highway 101

Surf

Surf

Path down

Path down

Looking at tide pools

Looking at tide pools

Beach on Highway 101

Beach on Highway 101

I saw that there was a road up into the mountains so in order not to backtrack we wound our way up to this mission.
Climbing the mountain

Climbing the mountain


Directions: Go south on Hiway 101. Take the exit marked Jolon Road (G14). There is also a historical sign announcing this exit. Once on Jolon Road, travel 18 miles. Take a right on Mission Creek Road. You will travel through the Fort Hunter Liggett military base entrance gate. Please continue 5 miles. The Mission is on your left with a well-marked sign

Of all Spanish California missions, San Juan de Padua is the most faithfully restored. This is what a mission really looked like. Artifacts of the missionaries and their neophyte's are on display. Frescoes of their daily life, and the painstaking restoration of the mission's workings make it a valuable and educational museum.
large_2820-00590005.jpgMission of San Juan de Padua

Mission of San Juan de Padua

On the way to San Francisco, we went to Big Basin State Park (the kids were more interested in the deer than the trees. at that time, there were warning signs, but you could still buy paper bags with deer food to feed them.
Deer in Big Bssin

Deer in Big Bssin

Daughter age 2.5 waiting to feed the deer

Daughter age 2.5 waiting to feed the deer


The park website says: "In fact, the park once had deer feeding stations where park visitors could hand feed the deer. The practice was discontinued in the 1970s when the park decided it was unsafe for both the deer and the visitors.

We briefly visited San Francisco (where I reconnected with my HS friend Walleen Nesche). San Francisco street

San Francisco street


Ghirardelli sign

Ghirardelli sign

Petting zoo

Petting zoo

Fisherman's Whart

Fisherman's Whart


That summer, we went down to LA. Our children were almost 4 and almost 2. We stayed at a Motel 6. In those days, a Motel 6 actually cost $6 a night, and children were free or they were something like 25 cents each extra.

There was an outdoor pool, and the TV was coin operated. They also had coin operated vibrating beds.(Magic Fingers beds)
Pool at the Motel 6

Pool at the Motel 6


Of course we visited Disneyland (2 days).
Mickey and a little girl beside Deb

Mickey and a little girl beside Deb

Mule ride

Mule ride


The kids loved the mule rides.
Getting portraits

Getting portraits


I had pastel profiles done of both kids. We went on the Flying Teacup ride. I was riding with my older daughter and took photos of my husband and younger daughter behind us. He said that I should do that in the future.
Flying Teacups

Flying Teacups


We spent some time on Knotts Berry Farm,
Stagecoach at Knotts Berry Farm

Stagecoach at Knotts Berry Farm

Merry-go-round

Merry-go-round


we went to the Marineland of the Pacific
Marineland

Marineland


and did both the Warner Brother's Tour and the Universal Tour.
Warner BrothersTour

Warner BrothersTour

Stuntman demonstration on movie lot tour

Stuntman demonstration on movie lot tour


We also went to Griffith Park zoo and on Sunday evening, we went to Chinatown. . The girls bought whistling birds from a street vendor. (These are whistles in the shape of a bird on a stick which you swing through the air and they whistle).
Chinatown

Chinatown


We also apparently went to the Hollywood Wax Museum. I don't remember going to this museum, and i generally don't go to Wax Museums. But I have this photograph
Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum



I also went to Frontier Village with the kids Frontier Village was little family amusement park that existed in San Jose from 1961 to 1980.
Mule rides

Mule rides

Car ride Frontier Village

Car ride Frontier Village

Merrigoround

Merrigoround


And closer to home we went to the county fair for Monterey County
Ferris wheel at the county fair

Ferris wheel at the county fair

Rides from the ferris wheel

Rides from the ferris wheel

Rides at the fair

Rides at the fair

Washing the beef at the fair

Washing the beef at the fair

My photo of the races at the fair - I got an HM from the San Francisco Chronicle photo contest

My photo of the races at the fair - I got an HM from the San Francisco Chronicle photo contest

We joined the local antique auto club and went on tours with them.
Driving in the caravan

Driving in the caravan

Kids in the back seat of the PB

Kids in the back seat of the PB


We drove the PB to a meet in Reno
Plymouth ready for the swap meet

Plymouth ready for the swap meet


and to one in Lancaster CA,
Road to Lancaster

Road to Lancaster

Bob changing a tire at the Lancaster motel

Bob changing a tire at the Lancaster motel

Car at the hotel

Car at the hotel

Pool in Lancaster

Pool in Lancaster

We went to a swap meet in Felton

Bob with the PB

Bob with the PB

Bob directing traffic at the Felton Swap Meet

Bob directing traffic at the Felton Swap Meet

Felton train

Felton train


where we had a train ride
Picnic in Felton

Picnic in Felton


and a picnic
Coasting contest

Coasting contest


and participated in a coasting race where free wheeling should have been an advantage.

After a couple of months I convinced Bob that we should trade the station wagon on the VW bus. By that time the VW was cheaper because it had been a demonstrator.

Bob thought the VW brakes were grabbing so he took off the wheel to see, and the brake cylinder was leaking. So he told me to take it to the dealer and get it fixed. I went to the dealer in Salinas. They said that the brake cylinders of those cars never leaked. Then they asked me how I knew it was leaking and told me that Bob taking the wheel off had invalidated the warranty. But I had my two girls with me, and I just sat myself down in their showroom and said I was staying there until they fixed. it. So they fixed it.

When they called Bob that evening, butter wouldn’t melt in the German mechanic guy’s mouth. So obsequius. And so different from what he was with me, a mere woman. But when Bob asked if they had checked the other brakes, he said “No, the brake cylinders on those cars never leak.”

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Interesting blog. Must bring back memories for you. Thanks,

by alectrevor

Yes - I know from Google Maps that our house is no longer there. Fort Ord has closed and no longer exists, and you can't feed the deer in Big Basin any longer. We still have the PB (1932 Plymouth but haven't driven it in years. We kept the VW bus until 1974 when we sold it because it couldn't pass inspection. I started to write a story for a website called Storyworth, and decided I needed to organize my thoughts here first.

by greatgrandmaR

I wonder how many deer attacks and accidents there were at the time if they decided to stop the feeding them and have those decreased after..

Interesting to read reasons/facts like, you rented your house, or the motel costing 6$/night.

by hennaonthetrek

It was a Motel 6 and the concept of the chain was that it was $6/night. There's also a Motel 8 chain. When things got more expensive the rates moved up and the Motel 6 was no longer just $6 a night. People have probably forgotten or don't think about why the name is Motel 6. That's why I reported it.

As for the deer - that was a different time. They were still leaving garbage out next to the Yellowstone hotel - for the bears. The hotel guests would sit out on the terrace and watch the bears eat. I don't think there were that many deer attacks, but bears are a different matter. Bears would stop people's cars on the roads begging for food. I have my dad's pictures in the blog I wrote about our 1948 trip.

by greatgrandmaR

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