Ride with Paul Revere

I hope my fellow Americans had a lovely and safe Independence Day. We spent the evening at home enjoying Disneyland’s fireworks from our front yard, but not before going to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Independence Hall as per my tradition for the last couple of years. While Knott’s Berry Farm’s version of Independence Hall is open…

The Stunning Art Deco Theatre Hidden Inside Catalina’s Casino

Our main reason for visiting Catalina was to attend Catalinaland, a presentation by Ambassador of Americana, and personal idol, Charles Phoenix. Phoenix was presenting his slideshow celebrating the island in the iconic Avalon Theatre, which is located within the Catalina Casino. When chewing gum king, William Wrigley Jr. opened his “Casino” on May 29, 1929,…

Catalina Island: A Tale of Chewing Gum, Grave Robbing, and Movie Stars

On Sunday, Patrick and I finally made it over to the little island of Catalina. If you aren’t familiar with California geography, Catalina is a small island, roughly 30 miles off the coast of Long Beach, accesible by ferry from a handful of ports on the mainland. At just under 75 square miles, about 4,000…

Boysenberry Festival Returns!

Last week kicked off Knott’s Berry Farm‘s Boysenberry Festival! And Sunday Patrick and I were there to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes! This year, the festival lasts four weeks, up from three last year, giving locals and tourists alike more time to visit and eat to their heart’s content! In case you didn’t know,…

Peanuts Celebration 2019

Last year Knott’s Berry Farm introduced a new entertainment offering to its unique seasonal schedule, Peanuts Celebration! Sadly, last year I didn’t have time to visit, but this year I was not going to miss it! As some of you may know, Charles M. Schulz’s beloved characters call Knott’s Berry Farm home, but typically the Peanuts…

Atomic Redhead’s Knott’s Scary Farm Survival Guide

Every fall a heavy fog creeps into Knott’s Berry Farm, transforming it into Knott’s Scary Farm. In a way, Knott’s Scary Farm is an entirely different version of Knott’s Berry Farm, as it offers so much more, and therefore is worthy of its own guide. If you’re more interested in learning more about a regular visit…

The World’s Oldest McDonald’s

Right here in Southern California, in the LA suburb of Downey (a place my father lived during part of his childhood), is the world’s oldest operating McDonald’s. It’s a unique claim to fame, and one some may pay no attention to, but, like it or not, fast food is an invention of America, and thus,…