Yet yet another RotorDave Travel Odyssey - California and Nevada

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Yet yet another RotorDave Travel Odyssey - California and Nevada


By rotordave

10 months ago



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    #1 10 months ago

    Hey, why not.

    I’ve done a few trips since the last thread, but this one will be a month long drive around California and Nevada, meeting Pinsiders and playing pinball, so it’s worth documenting with some photos and words.

    The previous threads:

    1/ Hearse across America:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/rotordaves-route-66-odessy-is-underway

    2/ KIWI Pincade tour around NZ:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/kiwi-pincade-2015-the-biggest-weekend-of-pinball-on-the-planet-

    3/ LA to Vegas to NYC to PAPA to Tennesse:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-rotordave-usa-travel-odyssey-thread

    4/ Texas or bust:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/yet-another-rotordave-usa-travel-odyssey-thread

    (I actually forgot I did some of these lol)

    Follow along!

    rd

    #2 10 months ago

    best threads on Pinside!

    #3 10 months ago

    Fantastic

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    #4 10 months ago

    We landed in LA today.

    I’d prepaid for a Full Size at Alamo car rentals for 35 days ... when I got there they had surplus mini-vans so they offered me one for the same price. Hey, why not ... it’s way too big for three people, but what the heck. We chose a Dodge Caravan GT. I don’t know what’s GT about it, the words GT and Mini-Van usually aren’t mentioned in the same sentence. Haha! It’s got 7 seats, leather, sat nav, sat radio (which unfortunately I haven’t got a subscription too or I’d listen to Eddie Trunk...) and almost enough horsepower to drag all that stuff around.

    5 minutes from LAX is Randy’s Donuts, a LA landmark. Danni and I grabbed one “classic” donut each - $1 each. Always funny when everyone else is ordering a dozen donuts for themselves and we order one each. Lol!

    rd

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    #5 10 months ago

    Alright !
    Here we go.

    #6 10 months ago

    A ride around Lake Tahoe is quite nice if you can work it in.

    #7 10 months ago

    We hit the highway straight up the coast.

    First stop - Malibu.

    Lovely day in LA today, about 27c/80f, with a nice breeze. It was really nice up the coast.

    The store on the Malibu pier had a cool Bally speed boat ride, and they also had a really tidy Gottlieb Surf Champ pin inside the store. Retro!

    rd

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    #8 10 months ago

    Sweet, following. Hope you have another great time!! Next time, hit up Canada and stop by.

    #9 10 months ago

    And I'm in for the journey.

    #11 10 months ago

    These are always fun.

    #12 10 months ago

    Welcome aboard team.

    After Malibu, we headed up to Santa Barbara.

    This is the area where the big fires are at the moment. The highways are covered in a smokey haze.

    The photos don’t really capture it very well ... as we got closer to Santa Barbara, you could see flames in the hills and fire planes and choppers dumping water and retardant on the fire.

    Santa Barbara is a lovely little town, all done in traditional mission style. We will look around in the morning and take a few more photos.

    rd

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    #13 10 months ago

    Welcome back Dave! Enjoy the west coast and know we will be missing you and your family in east TN! This pic is our wives together at VolunteerPins house from your last trip through - had a ball!

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    #14 10 months ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Welcome back Dave! Enjoy the west coast and know we will be missing you and your family in east TN! This pic is our wives together at VolunteerPins house from your last trip through - had a ball!

    Yeah man, Tennesse was real fun, made better by you guys of course. We will be back again ... maybe next year, we shall see.

    rd

    #15 10 months ago

    Great! Seems like pinside has been a bit lacking in interesting threads recently (i don't consider drama very interesting).

    #16 10 months ago

    Cool deffinally going to follow this.

    #17 10 months ago

    If you guys stay in Santa Barabra make sure to get over to Brophy Bros restaurant for lunch or dinner .
    It's right on the harbor and has great seafood .
    Oysters , and Garlic baked clams.
    Man I miss SB. Grew up and went to high school in SB. Oh and the Mission rose Garden is nice.

    #18 10 months ago

    Another great spot is out on the end of Sterns Wharf the fresh pick your own live crab or lobster and they will cook it up for you right then and there for you .

    #19 10 months ago

    Wishing you an Awesome Trip!

    LMK when I can host you in Florida!

    #20 10 months ago

    Looks fun!

    #21 10 months ago

    Have a great trip and if you find yourselves close to Palm Springs come by and play.

    #22 10 months ago

    Sorry Dave,
    One more thing . Seeing as you like old buildings make sure to stop by the Arlington Theatre on State Street and catch a movie or at least ask to take a quick look. The inside is absolutely amazing . When you walk in you will understand .

    #23 10 months ago

    Nice RD you must be checking out the west coast for a place to relocate? Eat some El Farolito for me, I have been craving it. Also hit up Portillo's and The Hat. I also love to sit at Sidewalk Café in Venice, drink some beers and people watch, or watch the skateboarder sessions. Also liked to spend the day at beach at The Montage, Crystal Cove, or Huntington Beach. I love these threads, you have an awesome family and you are fortunate to be able to take off that amount of time from work. I would like to take an entire year off work and travel, maybe someday I can only dream for now.

    #24 10 months ago
    Quoted from golfingdad1:

    If you guys stay in Santa Barabra

    Check before going! Northern SB is still under evacuation order due to the fires!

    #25 10 months ago

    if you make it up to San Francisco let me know!

    #26 10 months ago

    West Coast is the best coast! Have fun man!

    #27 10 months ago
    Quoted from genex:

    if you make it up to San Francisco let me know!

    We are on the way for this weekend Gene! Sorry, meant to send you a message weeks ago ...

    rd

    #28 10 months ago
    Quoted from golfingdad1:

    make sure to stop by the Arlington Theatre on State Street and catch a movie or at least ask to take a quick look. The inside is absolutely amazing.

    We saw that theatre last night, and went back for a look this morning. What a cool building!

    I used to be involved with the Save the Civic Theatre Trust which saved the classic “atmospheric style” Civic Theatre in Queen St, Auckland ... so theatres are sorta my thing.

    Unfortunately we couldn’t look inside the actual theatre, the ticket lady was there by herself but invited us to come back when a movie was playing and we could have a look through. Alas we needed to make tracks, so we will look through next time!

    Even the outside was cool. You can see the ash from the fires on the tiles.

    rd

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    #30 10 months ago

    Will yous be going to INDISC? I was thinking about it, but haven't really tried to start figuring out the logistics yet. It seems like a car is required, which always slows me down.

    #31 10 months ago
    Quoted from pinmister:

    Eat some El Farolito for me, I have been craving it.

    I'd be down for that.

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    #32 10 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    We are on the way for this weekend Gene! Sorry, meant to send you a message weeks ago ...
    rd

    If you're in the bay area Saturday, there is a GotG launch party / tournament sponsored by Stern and the East Bay Pinball League in Concord at Phoenix Games.

    #33 10 months ago

    Dave, you gotta check out Musee Mecanique in San Fran!! That place blew my mind. It's right on the wharf and free admission.

    From their website:

    Welcome to the Musée Mécanique, one of the world's largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!)

    #34 10 months ago
    Quoted from adania:

    Will yous be going to INDISC?

    “Yous” will be there.

    Yeah, you need a car. The location is about 90 miles out of LA in Banning. You could also fly into Palm Springs, it’d be a bit closer. But you’d need a car either way.

    rd

    #35 10 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I'd be down for that.

    Odins back!

    For those who don’t remember, that photo was taken 1 second before Odin dropped the stinkiest Mexican food fart the planet has ever smelt. Even the locals were holding their noses! Haha!

    rd

    #36 10 months ago

    You can see it brewing in his eyes
    Quite terrifying

    #37 10 months ago
    Quoted from Sarge:

    You can see it brewing in his eyes
    Quite terrifying

    Oh, it was ...

    rd

    #38 10 months ago

    After we went to the Arlington Theatre, we walked around the rest of State Street in Santa Barbara.

    As I mentioned before, they’ve done all the buildings in traditional “mission style” so all the new buildings match the old ones. Very cool.

    The streets were pretty deserted, due to the fires in the hills. Most people were wearing face masks to ward off the smoke. These photos were taken around midday .. check out the lack of people ..

    There were a couple of other theatres in the street too. Very nice area!

    rd

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    #39 10 months ago

    There was a cool little store called Rocket Fizz, with candy and funky sodas. Some of them we had seen before at Pops Sodas over on Route66.

    They even had a John5 soda for spookycharlie

    Bacon soda and Bacon Cotton Candy for all!

    rd

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    #40 10 months ago

    Leaving Santa Barbara, there was a road sign for all you Slayer fans out there ...

    rd

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    #41 10 months ago

    have fun and always enjoy these threads

    any plans to pickup a pin along the way?

    #42 10 months ago

    We headed to Solvang ... a small township founded by Danish immigrants around 100 years ago.

    All the buildings in the Main Street are built in the traditional Danish style. There are windmills, Carlsburg beer bars, all sorts of stuff.

    Interesting place to pass through.

    rd

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    #43 10 months ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    have fun and always enjoy these threads
    any plans to pickup a pin along the way?

    It dawned on me today that the mini-van will swallow a pin ... so maaaaybeee!

    rd

    #44 10 months ago

    Have a safe journey and a lot of fun !

    LTG : )

    #45 10 months ago

    Following!

    #46 10 months ago

    enjoy!

    #47 10 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    It dawned on me today that the mini-van will swallow a pin ... so maaaaybeee!
    rd

    I don't believe for a second that it took that long.

    #48 10 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    It dawned on me today that the mini-van will swallow a pin ... so maaaaybeee!
    rd

    It going to be a bitch, to swing the pinball cabinet up into an overhead storage cabinet.

    #49 10 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    After we went to the Arlington Theatre, we walked around the rest of State Street in Santa Barbara.
    As I mentioned before, they’ve done all the buildings in traditional “mission style” so all the new buildings match the old ones. Very cool.
    The streets were pretty deserted, due to the fires in the hills. Most people were wearing face masks to ward off the smoke. These photos were taken around midday .. check out the lack of people ..
    There were a couple of other theatres in the street too. Very nice area!
    rd

    Holy Sh#t,
    That's scary how empty State St. Is .
    Never Seen it like that .

    The inside of the Arlington Theatre is like a small Spanish village the side walls of the theater have little veranda style wrought iron patios . With plants and old style light fixtures . But the best , when I was I little kid was when the lights went out the ceiling had little twinkle lights that look like the night sky with stars .
    I could never figure out how it was day outside but inside i could see all the stars .

    #50 10 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    Welcome aboard team.
    After Malibu, we headed up to Santa Barbara.
    This is the area where the big fires are at the moment. The highways are covered in a smokey haze.
    The photos don’t really capture it very well ... as we got closer to Santa Barbara, you could see flames in the hills and fire planes and choppers dumping water and retardant on the fire.
    Santa Barbara is a lovely little town, all done in traditional mission style. We will look around in the morning and take a few more photos.
    rd

    My wife is from Santa Barbara and my in-laws still live there. Bummer it's not showing well right now with all the smoke and haze.

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