Not far from La Laguna de San Gabriel Playground in San Gabriel lurks yet another deep sea uprising! We were ecstatic to learn that the sculptural playgrounds of artist Benjamin Dominguez existed in more than one location. These creatures are a real fun-for-all and can be found in the charming city of El Monte at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The name of this enormous park falls a little flat and doesn't nearly do justice to the 1,492 acres of sunny park land. Whittier Narrows is home to multiple, stocked, man-made lakes that are perfect for casting a line, peddle-boating or just watching the congregation of all kinds of water fowl. There are trails for walking and peddling surreys. There are several playgrounds and picnic sites. There are even areas for racing model boats. There are also hordes of people to stare at an overgrown man-child as he climbs the playground equipment.
|Obviously, we were there for the monsters.|
|I quickly tamed the beast and the children|
were free once more to frolic and play....and then
|We spotted another creature off in the distance.|
|We had no idea what the heck this was supposed to be but it was fun.|
|Extended exposure to these creatures left me with a few|
questions about nature's miracles but they were quickly answered.
|So that's where giant baby starfish come from....huh.|
|Apparently, the water is good for splashing|
too...and the sacrifice of small children.
|Roughly translated from Spanish, I'm pretty sure this means|
"Mr. Hondo's Nature Walk."
|Mr. Hondo's Nature Walk|
Mr. Hondo's Nature Walk is a riparian habitat rife with the spoils of untamed nature.
|First, we saw one bird.|
|Then we saw two birds!|
This little gem of a restaurant is one that I had spied many years ago and vowed to one day return. Thanks to Lori, our dear friend and trusty GPS, we made it there just in time to miss the 4 o'clock, early-bird rush. Yes, Colonial Kitchen might be known for its above-a-certain-age clientele but it is quaint and reminds me very much of my grandparents. The lobby is decorated with "Royal Doulton" toby jugs and porcelain bric-a-brac of indeterminate vintage and value. Green booths, wood paneling, turned- spindle pub chairs and red glass lanterns decorate the dining rooms. Yelp reviews on this joint are all over the map but to me it actually exceeded expectations. If you're slumming it San Marino check out Colonial Kitchen and get the waiter with the wicked pompadour!
|Original counter seating|
We might start a whole blog based solely on the clever way restrooms are labeled.
|I must always include the light fixtures.|
wacky tacky signs of the day.
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
|823 Lexington-Gallatin Road|
South El Monte, CA
1110 Huntington Dr
San Marino, CA