In the last few days, we have completed our tour of the Balboa Park area with visits to the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of man, and the Timken Museum of art. As it turned out, we unintentionally saved the best for last. All were worthwhile and had many interesting and educational exhibits.
As a change of pace, we also drove to the coast above San Diego to the Carlsbad area to enjoy the view from the beach and see how life along the coast might be.
Enroute we also spotted a sign for the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park and made a quick detour to have a look. Now the name Leo Carrillo may not mean much to you, and I confess I did not recognize the name immediately myself, but when Anneke, reading the guide book, said he was in the TV show “The Cisco Kid”, I knew we had to stop. If you were a kid watching early TV in the 50’s, you likely have seen this western show. It always ended with -AHHH Cisco—AHHH Poncho! Carrillo purchased the ranch property and additional land in the 1930’s and designed and built the building still on the site. The ranch saw many parties with the likes Will Rogers, Clark Cable, Carol Lombard and many others. It also was a place that sought to help the local community and to preserve a way of live that was rapidly disappearing.
The coastal towns of Oceanside and Carlsbad were pleasant and a great place to spend time in the sun by the water. Needless to say that large amounts of money will be required to live there or for that matter to spend any length of time in beach front hotels or rental units.