Quickie Weekend Trip to Lake Isabella (Part 1)

I decided to take a break from the job hunting this weekend.  Actually, only officially started this week since I had a lot of odds & ends to deal with first.  I went up to visit my mother who lives near Lake Isabella.  Hadn’t seen her since 2008.

Here are a few random Ventura shots first since that’s where I’ve been doing the hunting.  The marquee from the former Mayfair Theatre sits in an empty lot.  I have no idea who owns it or what the plans are for it.  The theatre was demolished in 2004:
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2328

Here’s what the sign looked like in later years when it housed the Pussycat Theatre (an “adult” movie theatre):
http://americanclassicimages.com/Default.aspx?tabid=141&txtSearch=mayfair&catpagesize=25&ProductID=25082

Note the cool box office and the cheese holes above the marquee in the link above.  A damned shame that it was destroyed.

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Sorry, I didn’t write down the name of this liquor store:

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On Ventura Avenue — most likely a repurposed sign.  This is a mobile home park:

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OK — now on to the trip — Lake Isabella is in Kern County:

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A massive sign — but especially in Lake Isabella:

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THE coffee shop in town.  Yes, we had breakfast here.  Decent.  Note the extension arrow:

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Two or three of these “Dam Korner”s in town — but this one has the nice sign:

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From Son-Rise Espresso.  An inventive iced latte creation from trash cans:

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Arlie’s Club is about as fancy as the signs get here.  And one of the very few lit at night:

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My mom with the lake in the background.  She’s 4′ 9″ or so – and I’m a towering 5′.  So for once I shoot downwards on somebody!

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The lake in which the dogs, naturally, had a lot of romping time.  I’ll spare you shots of the dogs since they got so much air-time in the last post.  Maybe this is what lakes on Mars look like:

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The prettiest night-time signs in town — at the Isabella Motel:

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I made the most of my return home — with full day of sun to shoot stuff in Bakersfield.  I’ll get you some shots from there tomorrow night.

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