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Viva California - The art of Thornwolf
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Viva California
I never thought the Inland Empire was interesting at all. Actually aside from the mountains where I live, I hate the I.E. But then again I've lived in ugly parts of it and never really did much exploring. Fortunately my friend Kishor invited us down to hang out with him for the evening and played tour guide. Here's some sites around Riverside. This will be a two part post.

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The old Fox Theatre that they're putting back together to get it up and running again.


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This photo was taken in the back patio of a place called Tio's Tacos in downtown Riverside. They're a little family owned taco shop that has a back patio where the owner shows off his artwork that he makes from found and discarded objects. The whole back patio is an experience rather than a gallery, and the little pathways he's built around the art encourages the patrons to become part of the display. They also host and cater parties and weddings, and have an on site chapel made from discarded beer bottles. The owner was there enjoying our reactions to his work, so cool :)


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Current Location: San Bernardino
Current Music: Back to This - The Hello Sequence

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skorzy From: skorzy Date: April 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The condor is nightmarish!

And.. you must get a book sold at Borders called "Weird California". A collective of the weird, unusual, supernatural, eccentric and historical all about the state. You'd be surprised how many mythologies there are just here in Orange County.

My favorite is La Llorona, which is a mythology/supernatural "haunting" practically in my backyard, and the "curse" of Blackstar Canyon (which has a serious element of truth to it..).
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 20th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw that at Borders and I totally wanted to get it! Maybe I'll add it to my birthday list or something. I wanna start writing down a list of places I definitely want to visit and just..go.

Whats the curse of Blackstar Canyon?
skorzy From: skorzy Date: April 20th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ghosts and other "spirits" harrassing people that hike through it. Strange occurences near the road gate etc. These stories were always circulating about the canyon even where I was a teenager when the popular rumor in high school were "devil worshippers" or such conducted human sacrifices in the canyon. When you're sixteen years old, this is SERIOUS STUFF! :)

Truth is.. there have been actual harrassments in the canyon. Notably locals aiming and firing weapons at "trespassers" as well as random rock slides etc. There was a HUGE drug/pot growing bust on one of the private inholdings in the canyon a couple years ago, and that's probably one source of one "local harrassment/firearm" thing.

But to be brutally honest, I'm a complete skeptic about all things supernatural. I believe with absolute conviction that its all a play on the power and imagination of the human mind, which makes these things real *only* in people's imaginations. With that said... old rumors die hard. I went into Blackstar Canyon late at night, parked at the gate, and wandered a half mile up the road with the intention of owling.. until my old, irrational fears got the better of me and I high-tailed it outta there! It was very, very spooky

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solid_squid From: solid_squid Date: April 20th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got to say, seeing as the photo before the cut was of several skulls attached to a tree, visitors "becoming part of the display" is a somewhat worrying turn of phrase ;3
keesh From: keesh Date: July 31st, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
And they have the best fruit drinks!!! Of course, that day the fruit punch was out. :P
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