Throwback Thursday: Side Trip (part deux)

Work has been put off due to a typhoon, more like a heavy rain, and so I get the extra time to catch up and write a post. πŸ˜€


Whenever I go take other people to places I’ve been to in California, I’m always gravitated towards touring them to Griffith Park. It’s an hour and a tad more minutes from Ventura. It’s building is cool-looking. It’s kids appropiate. It has the Hollywood sign. You get to see LA’s cityscape from the top. It has one of the best spots to see the golden California Sun. To top it all off, it’s free!


We spotted an astronomer who was preparing his telescope out in the middle of the park’s ground. He was fixing to locate Jupiter. And we got the chance to see it up close through athe telescope. He even said that it is visible with the naked eye. Problem is, you just need an expert who know where and when this grand planet is going to be at.


Jupiter is 2.5 larger than the rest of the planets combined. It’s circumference is 11 times bigger than the Earth. That’d be a lot lot lot of places to travel to if it was livable. πŸ˜€


Moving on…

Can you stomach this side trip?

When I was driving back from up North down to Ventura, I was in a sticky situation of whether to stop here or not.


Somewhere near San Luis Obispo’s Mission is … dum dum dum … Bubblegum Alley. That’s right! Two walls filled with sticky and icky bubblegums glued to it. The amount of rain we have here today amounts to nothing compared to all the saliva grossly welded into those walls.

More disgustingly so is how people stick other more repulsive, ghastly stuffs to it.


Did you see it? A real yucky and ew moment.

That’s it for the first Throwback Thursday and the second Side Trip post. I’ll leave you with this FB throwback picture.


The boy ended up to be a stud afterall. πŸ˜†



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  1. Ah, Griffith Park, where it was confirmed that the universe is truly vast and far exceeding my post-adolescent notion of scale. And, there I learned the capacity of our hearts is as vast as the universe….but, that is another conversation.

    Bubblegum Alley, new to me – can’t wait to visit when next in LA.

    • Thank you for testifying that you really are a true travel writer. πŸ˜€ It’s easy to take a quick stop to Bubblegum Alley so if you happen to drive down South maybe this tiny piece in SLO might interest you.

  2. Griffith Park and the Observatory I know well…but Bubble Gum Alley? LOL! That’s a new one for me…and I’m not sure I want to see all those disgusting things up close! But it’s great blog material, Rommel! Such a cute kid! Yes, indeed! πŸ™‚

    • It’s near the mission in SLO. The mission there is very small so I got more time to snoop around the area. It’s tricky to post something nasty on your blog. πŸ˜‰

  3. Not many views like that for free nowadays Rommel ! I think I could miss that free one down that alley way mind …..
    Aha look at you πŸ™‚

    • So many inCali though which I love so. I can defintely drive around all day, see awesome sites, and only pay for parking and gas. But yeah, Cali is still an expensive state to be in.

    • Yeah, that’s me and my sister. My sister, anyone who knows her can still distinguisher her. Me, I look absolutely different from that pic.

      • You look good! I recalled you said you were close to you sister, do you get to see her? I was very close to my brother, but we don’t see each other often. When we do, he has two, three cells with him… πŸ˜•

  4. I believe Bubblegum Alley may be a copycat. From what I have read, the famous wall is in the area of Pike’s Place Market of Seattle. This wall is even in the History of Gum that I use to read with my students. Either way both are totally gross!

    Very cute picture of a young Rommel:)

    • I turned to my friend, Wiki. Wikipedia said the one in SLO dates back all the way to possibly 50’s, if not 1970’s. If even said that the Gum Wall in Seattle is similar to the one in SLO, and not the other way around.

      Well hey, thanks for letting me know. Didn’t know about the one in Seattle. In the pictures, the bubble gum wall in Seattle looks more appealing. Ahhh… the bubble gum wall in Seattle looks less disgusting. πŸ˜€

  5. The Griffith Observatory… since it was renovated and expanded a few years ago it is twice the fun! So many interesting places to visit in LA and all people want to do is see Hollywood Boulevard, which is definitely the least interesting in my opinion…. but seeing the Hollywood sign from the observatory is pretty cool!

    • Agreed. 2 years and a half in Cali, I didn’t make it to any of the Hollywood tours. I probably would do when I return to states. I guess it feels customary if you’ve been to Cali.

  6. I have heard of Bubblegum Alley but not been, although I have seen many pictures. Thanks also for the side trip to Griffith Park. And yes indeed Rommel, that adorable little boy did end up being a stud! πŸ˜‰

  7. I’ve been to the Bubblegum Alley. We used to take our fourth grade classes to SLO & Avila Beach. In SLO we had to stop at the Mission, of course, but the other must was Bubblegum Alley. So you now know where hundreds of those pieces of gum came from. πŸ™‚

    • There are some awful things there that are completely not age-appropriate!!! But yeah, I saw a lot of kids and youngsters passing through it.

      • I’m sure. Our kids were focused on chewing the gum, and getting as much flavor out before they had to give it up and put it on the wall. It was an “activity.” We furnished the gum, which they got as they entered the wall alley, and they had about 5 minutes to chew and stick, then we moved them all on. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh I love astronomy…I have a small cheap telescope and once while looking at Jupiter, I actually got to see Io going around it, and clearly saw it cross it’s face!!! blew my mind. great shots, with the exception of bubble gum alley….ICK! lol

    • Wow! I never knew it was can be visible from us til I got to Griffith Park. Jupiter’s enormity is fascinating. I remember goinh to a planetarium during a field trip and was a wide-eye kid then. I went to the planetrium inside Griffith, and even as an adult I still get so amazed by the space.

  9. I think I’ll give Bubble Gum Alley a swerve. Really gross! 😯 The observatory must be a fascinating place to visit. Love your gorgeous red sky shot, and of course your very cool photo of you the ‘stud’. 😎

    • Cool icon with the shades. πŸ˜€ If you happen to drive there in central coast in California and decided to go to Bubblegum Alley, better “stick” to that plan. πŸ˜€ It is a nice tini-tiny side trip that is not to far from going back to the main highway.

  10. I hope you left a piece of your stud gum on the wall! For others to goo over. Heh.

    Cute baby photo! Awh! So sweet. Typhoon sounds much scarier than a “lot” of rain. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ˜† πŸ˜† It ended up being just heavy rains and strong winds. I had more scarier weather than what we had last week here.

      No, I didn’t left my DNA there. πŸ˜‰

      Always a pleasure seeing your comments.

  11. A friend lives in SLO but I have missed Bubblegum Alley on my visits. I was in California this time last year, so your photos made me want to return! Thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog. Happy travelling! SD

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