The positive results of our "Palm Springs" vacation, together with the
then CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people (both my wife and
having gotten both flu vaccinations and the Covid booster, allowed us
to follow-up the vacation with a pair of one day excursions and a
family Thanksgiving celebration.
first excursion was a visit to the Kimberly Crest House
, which is a California Historical Landmark in
Redlands, California, and which is listed in the National Register of
Historic Places. This trip involved an approximately 78 mile
(2hr 20min) road trip each way. The property is owned and
maintained by a charitable foundation and staffed by volunteers.
The volunteers we met were, to a person, warm and friendly and
informative. There is a small entrance fee for a tour of the
house but there is none to visit the gardens. The property is
not generally handicap accessible and their website advises "Some
areas may be difficult to navigate with a cane, walker or wheelchair.
If someone in your group needs special accommodations please call in
advance and we will advice accordingly."
get from the parking lot to the house requires walking up a road
(ramp) and a number of steps. Both a challenge for me. The
ramp was a challenge due to its length but the larger challenge were
the steps as there was no banister nor other item to hold onto for
balance until you reached the front patio of the house. The
house interior does not have any accommodation for physically
handicapped. That being said, since my major limitations are
long walks with elevation changes (not steps) and post-traumatic
anxiety about balance on steps, I was able to have an enjoyable and
informative visit to the 1897 house, viewing its interior and hearing
about its owners, its history and its renovation. I recommend
both a visit and a tour.
next excursion was to the Nethercutt Museum &
, in Sylmar, California, a world class collection of
vintage automobiles and automated mechanical musical instruments all
in working order. This trip involved an approximately 23 mile
(1hr) drive each way. Details about the facilities and the items
on exhibit are discussed on the Nethercutt website.
to the Nethercutt Museum is free and the museum is handicapped
accessible. It houses an extensive collection of vintage
automobiles. Admission to the Nethercutt Collection is by a 2
hour guided tour only and has a modest admission fee which is paid in
the museum building. The Nethercutt Collection is housed in a
multi-storied building across the street from the museum and is also
handicapped accessible. It houses an additional extensive
collection of cars, musical instruments and memorabilia. The
collection includes a beautiful "vintage" 1933 Duesenberg which is
younger than I am. How depressing. A visit to both the
museum and collection are worth a detour.
balance of 2021 into we limited our outside the home activities due to
the surging Covid Omicron variant pandemic. Looking back over
2020 and 2021 we are forced to wonder whether there is some cosmic
message about aging. After approximately 30 years of use our
major appliances reached their own age related end of life. As
of February 2022 we have replaced a washing machine, refrigerator, and
dishwasher. We are not complaining but replacing these
appliances using only online websites was challenging and stressful.