Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Gardner Building

An Afternoon Walk in Downtown Ventura!
After the workshop, I had time for a walk down Main Street in Ventura. I've lived most of my life in Southern California but haven't really visited Ventura before. (In fact, I used to travel to Santa Barbara two or three times a week in the mid 1980s, on business, so I have no excuses for not visiting sooner.) It was fun and fascinating. In just over an hour, I visited the Mission San Buenaventura, peeked down various courtyards, stopped in a couple of used bookstores, and explored the Gardner Building where Erle Stanley Gardner created Perry Mason!
It was like walking around Huntington Beach in the 1970s. I'd like to spend a couple of days investigating Ventura further!