We had heard of a perfect place for Don and I to visit in Los Alamos. Don and I have often said if we were going to open up a business it would have a Mustang parts department on one side (Don's Repro Depo), a Tim Hortons in the middle and a Fabric store on the other side (Melody Made). This wasn't exactly right but close. Would you believe we found an Antique Mall with a Wine Pub. A very large Antique Mall as it turns out. Don actually enjoyed poking around more than I did. He found one of his 'Naughty' Ashtrays but it was $150.00 unlike the ones he has already which I think were under $20.00. Natalie and Linda will know what I mean. We did find a Morris chair that I am kicking myself we didn't buy. At the time I couldn't figure out how to get it home. Last night I realized it would have fit in our 'basement' if we had rearranged a few things. It had a tall back and was covered in a blue fabric. Wished I'd thought of that plan yesterday.
Next we stopped at the Dunes Center in Guadalupe, CA. It is housed in a restored 1910 Craftsman style home. I hadn't realized that all those Craftsman style homes were originally kit houses purchased mostly from Sears & Roebuck and built by the purchaser. Pretty impressive for a kit house. They have displays about the dunes but the main reason we stopped in was to see "The Lost City of Demille" exhibit. It details the making of the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille silent film The Ten Commandments. After they finished filming there were supposed to take everything away. Very secretively he buried the entire set in the Dunes. It wasn't until he published his autobiography and more research done sometime in 1991 that it was realized that the set was still there. They have found where it is buried and have excavated some of it which was on display.
We then of course had to go to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex which is an 18-mile stretch of coastal dunes some of them 500 feet high. This is were the movie was filmed. It sure felt good to hear that surf pounding in and walk along that soft sandy beach.
Now we are at a nice campground in Pismo Beach, right on the beach. We can hear the surf quite plainly from our spot. We have decided to stay here until Saturday as Phil has a show tomorrow night which is being streamed and we have very good internet here.