Friday, September 24, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

This week's photos were taken at Mission Beach, California.

Gregg and I went out to catch a sunset last night. The photo above is his. I thought it was a lovely capture of the couple in the foreground.

This old wooden rollercoaster was also in Mission Beach. It is called the "Giant Dipper" and was built in 1925 by 100 to 150 people in just two weeks. The coaster became very popular in the 1940's-50's but by the 1960's had fallen into a state of disrepair. It closed in 1976 and in the early 80's was scheduled for demolition. However a group got together, called themselves the "Save the Coaster Committee" and had it designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It was restored in 1990 and was once again opened to the public.

On Sunday we will be heading back home.

Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia for hosting SkyWatch Friday.

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20 comments:

  1. Oh, the sunset pictures are glorious! I LOVE roller coasters! They make me laugh maniacally. ~karen

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  2. The second shot is truly spectacular! L

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  3. Gorgeous sunset pics, love the old roller coaster.

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  4. Wow! What a magnificent sunset. Breathtaking!
    ☼ Sunny

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  5. P.S. I love your Hummingbird header :)
    ☼ Sunny

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  6. WOW!!! Truly Mouth Dropping! Those shots are just Stunning!! Nice captures!!

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  7. Lovely sunset shots! I love the old coaster and am glad they restored it. There is an old wooden one at Cedar Pointe in Ohio that we used to ride every year. I like the old coasters much better than the really scary newer ones! YOur header is beautiful.

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  8. What a wonderful evening you must have had! The sunset is beautiful, and love the inclusion of the couple who are enjoying the view together.

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  9. Beautiful sunset photos :-) The roller coaster looks wonderful but I prefer to look rather than ride . . .

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  10. Gorgeous sunset shots Denise - so atmospheric.

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  11. Lovely sunset pictures from the beach. The roller coaster looks interesting, glad it was restored rather than demolished. :)

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  12. The sunset is absolutely fantastic. Happy weekend.

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  13. Denise, your sunset photos are awesome. It must have been a spectacular show to watch. The old wooden roller coasters were my favorite.

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  14. Gorgeous photo!! And what a sunset! You had something together you never will forget, I suppose! So romantic as well :) Have a nice weekend!

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  15. Beautiful pictures Denise :) Loved the first n the second one!!

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  16. What a wonderful trip! Great Skywatch photo. How neat to see the wooden coaster....there was an amusement park in Ocean View, in Norfolk, during that time frame. In fact, my husband I went to it when we were still teenagers, and newlyweds. They had one of these great old coasters. A couple of years later (1976 I think) they destroyed the coaster and closed the park. I've always thought it was such a shame! Once we find our old pictures, I may can post some of those early shots!

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