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Adventure Guide to Southern California by Don Young, Marge Young, Marjorie Young

By Don Young, Marge Young, Marjorie Young

Exploring the attractions of southern California, this consultant exhibits the reader the place to soak up a three-hitter, rollerblade the boardwalks, browse at artwork gala's and sportfish. a different part covers daytrips around the border into Mexico, with pointers on crossing the border, customs and safeguard.

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Freeways, and a wrong turn at the wrong time can result in utter disaster. The freeways are helpful when you have a long way to go. Otherwise, your best bet is to avoid them whenever you can, especially during rush hours. Turn on the radio and listen to the traffic reports; they are an excellent means of learning which streets should be avoided. By avoiding the freeways, you'll also see and enjoy more of the area you're driving through. Just be sure you know what kind of neighborhood you're in, especially after dark.

Forests blanket more than 37 million acres of California. Within those forests are the world's largest and oldest living things. The huge California redwood (Sequoia gigantea) can be found in the Sierra Nevada, while the Page 4 bristlecone pine tree, which has been on earth for nearly 5,000 years, can be found in California only at an elevation of 11,000 feet. The state's thinly populated northern counties shelter vast forests, clear lakes, fast-flowing rivers and high mountain peaks, including three active volcanoes - Mt.

Fort MacArthur, now inactive, overlooks the harbor. It houses an interesting museum at 3601 S. , 310/548-7705 or 548-2631. The walls of the old fort measure 16 to 30 feet thick, and there are four batteries, each with a 14-inch seacoast gun capable of firing up to 14 miles. Point Vicente Lighthouse, 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. West, 310/541-0334, was erected in 1926 atop a 130-foot high bluff. It is said that the ghost of a woman who hurled herself into the sea after it claimed the life of her sailor sweetheart walks the lighthouse tower each night.

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