Apr 22 2010

LA, California …..part 1

The trip to CA was EZ and quick.  Arrived at 12:05 pm.  Found a great deal on Yahoo for the rental car at $27/day and a room at the Airforce BOQ for $39/night.  This trip is going to be one of the least costly of any I have ever taken!  The rest of Wed was spend in Pat’s dental office.  A quick dinner and I was totally exhausted by 10 pm (1 pm EST).

Thursday, after stopping by to visit  with Pat, I drove up to the Chino airport to see Bill Ortel.  I have never met him, but he is a canard builder/A&P and Pat recommend I see.  A very nice guy that has more canards in his stable than I do (4 of them).    Here is Bill (right) and his son working on a customers Varieze.

We had a great visit, after which I stopped by the airport cafe for lunch.  General airport cafes are small and not to busy.  This place was old (a former miltary building) but the food was terrific  and it was extremely busy.   Chino was an old miltary airfield with lots of old (and new) buildings.  I love going to an old airfield.  There is more junk airplanes and parts here than you can imagine.  I would love to have the time to just pick through the stuff.

One thing that impressed me about Calif  highways (besides the incredible traffic) is the concrete work.  I’ll try to take some more pictures of it.  They mold patterns or pictures into the concrete to break up the monotony of structures.  I have seen a lot of this sort of work in Texas, but not as extensively as here.

The Fort McAurthur  BOQ (Bachelors Officer Quarters) I am staying at back up to the Long Beach harbor.  Quite a beautiful walk in the morning.  I only wish I had more time to check out the sights here.

I had better close.  I am off to have dinner with David Orr (another canard owner).

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