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Sabina and Mike's California Coastal Crawl- May & June '05!
Sabina
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Posted: 2005-06-10 02:37 am   Permalink

Just got the Purple Orchid pix up.

Rebecca and her husband, Dave, who own the Purple Orchid are two of the nicest Tikiphiles you could hope to meet! We talked awhile, and took in all the wonder of the Purple Orchid.

It's so nice to be sipping an exotic cocktail out of a signature mug, and be able to bring the custom mugs home at the end of the evening. Seems like that's getting harder and harder to find, not just screen printed designs but a custom designed mug for the establishment itself.

In any case, a couple of shapshots-






But my favourite has to be this special treasure. Dave crafted the lamps, and the one in this picture that covers part of the word "Orchid" is a motion lamp with wahine doing hula in various poses! WOW!!!



Now that's some Tiki ingenuity! Just imagine- sitting at a tropical table with Tikis peering down at you as you sip a mai tai, looking up at shadow hula dancing- ahhhhh

Mahalo for such a wonderful evening!

Full album of pix here- in the L.A. Gallery, just click on into the Purple Orchid.

http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/LA-Area





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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-06-30 01:04 am   Permalink

Yes, despite this thread falling silent for a while now, we're still crawling up the CA coast.

We're now in the San Francisco area, and our first LIKELY stop will be tomarrow night-

Exotica Au Go-Go!
The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell Street (between Van Ness and Franklin), San Francisco

See this thread-
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14659&forum=4&start=30 near the bottom of the page.



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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-15 3:44 pm   Permalink

The CA coastal crawl has succumbed to CA (mostly) coastal crawling chaos! But we're still loving it! We're just not meeting up with as many Nor Cal Tikiphiles as we had originally intended.

We're in San Francisco for roughly the weekend. Our so called schedule has been very uncertain. We been bouncing between small visits to SF and Sacramento to see friends etc.

I had a little time today to catch my breath, so I got a few pictures up on our website.

Catching up a bit-

There's a whole new Gallery of pictures taken roughly mid CA- "*GALLERIES* between Los Angeles and San Francisco", sixth down on the main page right now-
http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/ It includes

* the Kon Tiki Inn in Pismo Beach, which isn't terribly Tiki anymore.



* Two hidden gems- Tiki poles in the Whale Watcher Cafe in Gorda Springs! Are these previously undiscovered Tiki? I hadn't seen mention of them before!



* Pictures from a wonderful afternoon spent with Unga Bunga at the 'Unga Bunga Bungalo'!



We had a GREAT time sipping Mai Tais in the late afternoon and talking Tiki. For our trip out the next morning, Unga Bunga helped us find MANY of the areas hidden gems. Truely the consumate host!


* and Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room in Monterey.



(also along that part of the trip was Shecky's visit to Munktiki which I mentioned here on TC before, but can be found in the "*GALLERIES* Where's Shecky #60?" folder).

Enjoy!




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Posted: 2005-07-15 3:55 pm   Permalink

Maybe we will see you at the Kapili Room party on Saturday night in the Mountain View/san Jose area. See this thread and your personal messages for info;
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=14919&forum=4
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Posted: 2005-07-15 4:23 pm   Permalink

Wow! Those tikis were definitely *not* at the Whale Watcher Cafe in Gorda when I was there in 2003, but I may be to blame for them!

The town of Gorda is very, very small -- only a handful of people who run a cafe, gas station, gift shop, and a very small motel with a few rooms. The "residents" of the town of Gorda mostly live in a dormitory behind the little speck of a town at the south end of Big Sur.

When I was still living in Seattle and was taking a road trip to Oasis, I drove up the California coast on my way home. Midday on a Wednesday, I was just hitting the start of Big Sur, and I was sad to see that the weather was a little gloomy -- I wanted to put the top down on my convertible. I decided to stop and eat a bit while I got gas, with the hopes of the weather clearing up a bit. I stopped in Gorda.

I sat down at the counter, and immediately there was a bustle of activity behind the counter, as all the employees of the cafe took turns coming out from the back to see the single girl at the counter. They don't get a lot of excitement in Gorda, and they're not accustomed to having lone diners, and were eager to chat a bit.

Before long, folks were coming over from the gas station and shop to hang out, too. I pretty quickly made friends with all of them, and a crew of CalTrans workers who had been in town for the week doing some road repairs.

My new friends were amazed to hear about tiki bars, and to hear that they were the focus of my two weeks of travels. I pointed out some of the features they had there in the Cafe that were close-but-not-quite -- a couple native totems, some old floats.

I finished lunch, but the weather hadn't improved. The tiny town of Gorda was very excited to have a new person to talk to, and they literally begged me to stay the night, and hang out with them after work. I was a little nervous -- I didn't know these people, and I'm but a small girl -- but I decided that this was just the sort of adventure that road trips are for, and I checked into one of their rooms.

I continued to hang out in the cafe for the rest of the afternoon -- I tried to convince them to let me wear an apron and work the cafe for a few hours, but they wouldn't let me. After everyone got off work, we went down to the nearest town, Cambria, which is about 45 minutes to the south, and has a population of about 1,000. We shot pool and drank in the scariest bar I've been in in my entire life. At one point, a fight broke out, and the town cop (who was the brother-in-law of one of the fighters, apparently) came to break it up.

I turned in for the night in a lovely cabin that overlooked the Pacific Ocean.

The next morning, the skies were sunny, I got a coffee for the road from the Cafe and said goodbye to my friends. I was told that my short little visit would be the talk of the entire summer. I was gifted with some nice small pieces of jade from the beach, and folks said they would think of me when they saw tikis.

Yep, life must be incredibly, incredibly dull in Gorda.

I can't imagine things are *so* dull there that they *still* remember that visit from so long ago, who knows if the same folks are still working/living there, but it's THRILLING to see those tikis there!

http://photo.humuhumu.com/v/roadtripmay2003/bigsur/


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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-15 6:30 pm   Permalink

Oaktiki and I will be attending tomarrow night's Kapili room party-

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14919&forum=4&start=0

Regretably, it may be our last chance to meet Bay area Tikiphiles. Hopefully we'll see many new smiling faces there along with some of our previous Tikiphile friends.


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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-16 01:48 am   Permalink

Ok, more pix up-

In the San Francisco Gallery-
http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/San-Francisco-Area

The latest pix are Tiki and Islander related goodies from the SF Pride Parade-



and Lots of goodies- some blurry- from the Tonga Room-



Also new is an album of pix from Sacramento's Hukilau Island Grill and Bar-
http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/Hukilau-Sacramento



I can't rave about the Tonga Room enough- definitely WAY up there in my personal faves, even after all the places we've traveled. It just has so many distinct areas each such an essential aspect of Tiki- the bar with vines, the dance floor, the 'huts' along the pool, the ships riggings, the dock, the drinks, the music (well, not the band so much...), the drinks in mugs, the THUNDERSTORMS and 'rain' falling into the pool, the ship that moves, the long house, all of it- and it passes the 'Tiki carpet?' test too- with vivid colors!


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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-16 02:43 am   Permalink

Humuhumu, I'm practically sitting here with tears of joy in my eyes! If you were any part of making our lives a little Tiki-er I'm indebted to you! We did not expect to find Tiki along the Bur Sur coast, but low and behold, Tiki found us! I should know by now that out there, everything, everyone, and quite possibly every Tiki has a story!

You need to ping them and see what the deal with the Tikis is! Odds are, some of the exact same people are still there- Big Sur is a place people either pass though, or STAY. All I can figure is that your visit may have been immortalized in wood- and a trip back sounds in order!

'Gorda' and 'Gorda Springs' are indeed, blink and you miss 'em! They're not even on some maps. Lest anyone mistake this for a conventional notion of a 'town' think again. Gorda Springs is quite litterally, a single complex with gas (Yeah $3.75 gas! But hey, I guess if you need it there, you'd pay anything!), lodging, the whale watcher cafe, and a coffee bar. There are a few more residents scattered about, but NOT many!

Oh, and of course the Gorda Springs Falls-



Anyone thinking of heading out to check out the Tikis, be forwarned, advance reservations are a good idea, milage distances have little or nothing to do with how long it will actually take you to get through those miles, and in places like Gorda along the way everything basically costs double what you'd think. that said, it's some of the best drive, hikes, and sunshine you'll ever enjoy!

What Gorda does have, should anyone feel the need to spend the night there, and Gorda Springs lodging is either booked up or not quite what you're after, is yurts! Yes, I said Yurts! Perched high above the road, but still technically Gorda is Treebones resort-
http://www.treebonesresort.com/ which is where we stayed.



It resulted in views like this-



They offer campsites too, it's all about the view and the quiet.

(I just added a few more Gorda Springs pictures and Yurt pictures to the same album.)

Our last day there we hiked down the cliff to jade beach and found a few pieces of jade ourselves (collected BELOW the high tide mark, so they're legal! Be sure to go at low tide, watch for waves and know when the tide's coming in! Comfey hiking shoes a must.)

Gorda feels like Big Sur maybe used to- I wouldn't know. It's an outpost. So needless to say, finding Tiki there, not only fit perfectly with the rest of the Whale Watcher, but was one heck of a surprise- because NOTHING gets out there by accident. If it's in Gorda- it's an ON PURPOSE!

Thus, these can only have been on purpose Tikis!

So the question remains- how and why did the Tikis get to Gorda? They're beautifully carved too!





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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-16 03:35 am   Permalink

Finally Two more albums up in the LA Area Gallery-

http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/LA-Area

Just a quick snapshot from our visit to Oceanic Arts-



Once we mentioned we were from the DC area, Bob and Leroy were kind enough to pull out their 'portfolio' photo book and show us some of what ONCE was in our area that they had worked on.

First, we were shown the most AMAZING huge pannels that once adorned a place we had never heard of in DC in Georgetown- "Orchid 7". The pannels were a series depicting a poetic mythic story, carved in wood. (No I don't have any further details, but thier files and photos are a treasure trove!) Unfortunately, not only are the whereabouts of the pannels unknown, but any history of Orchid 7 has also escaped our research before this revelation! Guess we need to head home and start digging!

Secondly, we were shown this incredible work, that alas, is no more-



This was the grand Oceanic Arts carved entrance to the Kona Kai in Washington DC (although we're thinking this was likely Betheda, MD?) Just jaw dropping! So much more hunting to do! We knew only of it's former existence, not of it's magnificence!

(Ok ok, head no longer spinning!)

The last album I'm going to get up tonight is just a couple of snapshots of the Tiki adult theater.



Thre's LOTS more L.A. to come, but not tonight. Stay tuned.


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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-07-26 04:12 am   Permalink


Alas, our CA coastal crawl is now history. It ended 3 nights ago.

To everyone we missed, we're sorry! No doubt sooner or later we'll catch up with you somewhere down the road.

To everyone we met, (and there are sooooo many names and memories here- you know who you are!), thank you so much for flat out MAKING our crawl! Not only would it not have been the same without you- it wouldn't have been POSSIBLE without you! Thank you for inviting us into your homes, your events, and your local Tiki treasures! Our 'local guides' have headed us in the right direction over and over and over again!

We've had a *fantastic* 2 1/2 months creeping in from the east, sorta starting in Palm Springs, across to the coast, and from the southernmost border up to the northern edge.

All we can say is that we have truely only begun to scratch the surface of CaliTikifornia! There was so much more we didn't do!

I also want to give a VERY special shout out to ZuluMagoo for sending me (while we were on the road no less!) a digital copy of his 'Tiki Tour of Southern California' booklet and some San Diego goodies! Our trip was SO much the Tiki-i-er for it! (And again, we only scratched the surface!)

Another to James/tikibars for his magnificent book 'Tiki Road Trip' which was both the spark of all this and our constant road companion!

Another to Sven- for EVERYTHING! (Is it not obvious?!?)

And another to Humuhumu for the creation of Critiki- which provided me inspiration, community feedback on where to head, and of course- the occational last minute gotta find it address!

Most of all though, I have to credit the 'Tiki pioneers' who not only created all this Tikiness but kept it alive!

Finally, thanks must go out to Hanford and the TC community as a whole- who with every 'locating' post, every detail written, and every bit of community created made this all possible and easier.

We have MANY more pictures to get up, and eventually we will. As I do, I'll keep putting updates of what's just been added here.

Finally, just in case you thought we were headed straight back home- nope, we're gluttons for Tiki! Beware, the CA (mostly) coastal crawl has just exploded...

..into the Coast to Coast international Tiki Trek!

Heads up Seattle- tonight (Tuesday) is your turn! Vancouver, Canada, you're up next!


 
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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-08-01 02:25 am   Permalink

Had a couple of minutes tonight, so I got up an album I had pretty much ready to go- the Tropics Hotel in Anaheim, not much to see, but one of several sister locations to the Caliente Tropics-

http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/Tropics-Anaheim

(It's in the LA area gallery)



still much more LA to come! Heck, lots more CA pix to come!


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Pepe le Tiki
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Posted: 2005-08-16 3:20 pm   Permalink

Where are you guys now? What Tiki treasures have you discovered since we last saw you? Enquiring minds want to know.....hope your trails are happy!!!

P.S. Saw your post on the Lushy at The Waldorf thread....every time I think it's going to sink into the 'Tiki Event' abyss, up it comes with another post!!


 
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johnman
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Posted: 2005-08-17 3:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. After looking through your pics I'm just dying to get out to CA.

The wahine and I are heading out to LA and San Diego for a 2nd honeymoon in October. We're in LA for one night (Saturday the 15th) and I'm hoping to at least hit the Tiki Ti and The Lucky Tiki that night. I only hope the Ti is open.

After that its off to Anaheim for a couple of days at Disneyland. It doesn't look like there's much Tiki stuff in Anaheim but I'm sure Disney will keep us busy.

We finish up the trip in San Diego. I grabbed a room at Humphrey's seeing it seemed to have at least some of its old tiki glory and the price was right. Plus the Bali Hai is across the street - that sealed the deal for me. We'll probably check out Mr. Tiki while we're in San Diego.

As the trip gets closer I'll post some more details (times and places) and maybe we can meet up with some of the local TCs.

58 days and counting...


 
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Sabina
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Quote:

On 2005-08-16 15:20, Pepe le Tiki wrote:
Where are you guys now? What Tiki treasures have you discovered since we last saw you? Enquiring minds want to know.....hope your trails are happy!!!



Nope, we haven't fallen over the edge of the universe- nor into a crevasse at a glacier! And yes, many, many, many non-Tiki related pix are being taken that will eventually see the light of day on a site of their own. We've been offline on and off during our explorations.

Our trails are very happy indeed- but not Tiki enough at the moment. (If the world worked the way I wanted it to, I'd be at the Hot Rod Hula Hop right about now in Columbus- I'm exceptionally disappointed to be missing my more or less "hometown's" first major Tiki event!)

Instead, we're enjoying the Canadian Rockies- and while it's Tikiless, lots of Totem poles are keeping us plenty happy. Big horned sheep and grizzly bears are amazing scenery all their own

But fear not, our Int'l Tiki day included Tikis purchased all the way back in California and fine rum.

I promise to try to get at least a few more pix up soon!


 
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Sabina
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Posted: 2005-08-20 6:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-08-17 15:52, johnman wrote:
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. After looking through your pics I'm just dying to get out to CA.



Oh, so much! Our pix are merely a FRACTION of what's out there!

Coupla quick hints- if you can get into Whittier (just outside L.A.) early in the afternoon go to Oceanic Arts- suddenly you'll feel like you've found the Rosetta stone to everything! Every bit of Tiki goodness will fit into so much more context once you do. Tiki Ti is imperative- try to hook up with Tikiphiles when you go- it makes it that much more! And if you're near Whittier, but pre Tiki Ti, hit Bahooka for dinner, it's not far- and you'll be glad you did. If you can still stand after Tiki Ti, make the trek to the Lucky Tiki. Then again, you may never get beyond the Tiki Ti- with good reason!

Anaheim- Disney and some nearby apartments and the sad little Tropics hotel are about it. I have PAGES of Enchanted Tiki Room pix to get up!

San Diego- one of the Tikiest spots on earth- All of shelter island- Humphreys and the Bali Hai are MUSTS, MR. Tiki downtown can be a lot of fun on the right night of the week and at the right hours- beware the thumpa thumpa noise that sometimes emanates. The Red Lion Hanelei and Islands room, despite it's current smallness is still like stepping into a postcard, and the ENTIRE mission Bay area, including the major hotel out there (Hilton? Hyatt?) is worth a good long look, particularly some of the older Tiki hotels around the edges (there are threads here on TC). The Tikiness may have been stripped out, but you can still see the bones and it's an entire underrated area worthy of exploration. Yeah, more pix to get up!

Also, if you're driving, San Clemente, Tiki Farm is there (sigh, next trip Holden, I promise!!!) and be sure to stop into 'Hula Beach' 711 N. El Camino Real. Doug, one of the owners is AMAZING and exceptionally friendly! He showed us his ALBUM of pix of his Hula/Island/Tikified house and other things he had done- truely worth the trip- and plenty of good Hawai'ian music and goodies too! There's a Bamboo-ish kinda shop next to Hula Beach worthy of a peek as well.

Bamboo 2 U and Tikis Too! in Leucadia is imperative as well- more Tikis than you can count!

Obviously, I could go on and on and on! So much to explore!

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