Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunday Afternoon in Hollister

Had some idle time on our hands last Sunday and as I needed to pick up a couple of items at the grocery store, things I needed to give my planned Glorified Ramen Soup some extra pazazz, we loaded the Ralle Bear in the car.  Decided to take a stroll down the main street in this little Hollister Town, checking it out from a vantage point different from being IN the car.

As every town must have its special citizen,  it did not take us long to come across this man who happily was creating his own music, sitting in the sun with his headphones on, entertaining every one passing by with his sound.

We strolled on under the beautiful old street lights....

Watched some brave young men practice their skate boarding tricks.  No knee pads,

no helmets.  Just sheer guts!

Hollister is "famous" for two things.  It is the Earth Quake Capitol of California and it is where the old classic film "The Wild One" with Marlon Brando in the lead roll, was filmed.  So it goes without saying THAT is THE attraction.  The hang out, the bar, the "watering hole" still exists selling gallons of beer to the motorcycle riders passing through or visiting this little town.

Each year there is a big weekend with the "invasion" of the motorcycle riders during the 4th of July. Sanctioned by the city council or not.  It has been an on again, off again kind of love affair.

As an added attraction this Sunday afternoon with sirens blaring and red and blue lights flashing, the police got some "evil doer" off the city street!

San Benito County as depicted on a mural is home of miles and miles of walnut orchards. Miles and miles of strawberries, asparagus and loads of lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli is also grown here giving the region the nick name of "The California Salad Bowl" just as it was depicted in the film East of Eden.

 On our way to Gilroy formerly the Garlic Capitol of the World, some Very Western images of a ranch just north of town.

With its wind powered water pump.  Who said they were not progressive in those olden days?

Neat place!

A working body shop along Highway 25 with it's quintessential American product the CAR adorning the wall... a Chevy Bel Air convertible.

Fun and exiting Sunday afternoon! How was yours?

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