California Coasting 2006

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This is Part One of a Two-part series. Coming soon is
Part Two, including San Diego, CBS Television City,
and secrets for getting into The Price is Right.
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California Coasting
Part I
Flying directly from Detroit to San Diego on Northwest
Airlines ($300) takes about five hours, with a three-hour lag time.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car we produce an Entertainment Book
coupon, asking for an upgrade. We get a Hyundai Elantra ($98)
 for eight days and eight-hundred miles. We cruise our way
northward along the Pacific Coast Highway
US-101, through
La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas and Carlsbad before coming to rest
at the Northcoast Village ($400 wk.), a condominium complex
on the beach in Oceanside. The first leg of this adventure is
spent exploring the
Oceanside Pier, Laguna Beach, (parking
a quarter for 15 minutes, if you can find it) Newport Beach,
wining and dining around Temecula (tasting with goblet, $10)
and surfing the entertainment establishments of Downtown
Disney (free). Hollywood is eighty miles north and can
be driven in an hour and fifteen minutes-- if you start at
two in the morning. Any other time it can take you from
three to five hours, depending on traffic. In Hollywood we come
and go dozens of  times at CBS Television City as we become
 audience members (free) for tapings of The Price Is Right
with Bob Barker, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,
and a live production of
Real Time with Bill Maher for HBO.
While strolling along the Walk of Fame we stop off for a
moment for pictures at the Kodak Theatre, at Grauman's
Chinese Theater and at the Hollywood & Highland
Center. We buy souvenirs at the Hollywood Mega Store
and stop for some food and fun at Hooters. Driving up into
the Hollywood Hills for a look at the Hollywood Sign
and gliding down over Mulholland Drive for a peek at L.A.'s
night lights leaves us breathless. Our eighth day is spent on the
beach (free parking on US-101) at
Torrey Pines State Park.
We walk for hours along the sandstone cliffs, watching the
people and the sea birds hang-gliding together. The rising
tide and the setting sun hurry our steps toward the gas
lamps of old San Diego and the second part of our
adventure. This time, however, discarding the car.

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California Coasting Galleries
Torrey Pines &  La Jolla       Hollywood      Laguna/Newport Beach
                    Ruby's            Oceanside Pier           
           Northcoast          Temecula             Disney           



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