A Day at the Movies, Sorta

The Windows

Above, what looks rather ominous (IMHO), are really windows from which cameras could shoot water scenes.  I think the African Queen, with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, was shot here….maybe from these windows as they floated along!

Corriganville Park was originally part of the California movie industry. According to Wikipedia:

Corriganville Movie Ranch was a working film studio and movie ranch for outdoor location shooting, as well as a Western-themed tourist attraction. The ranch, owned by actor and stuntman Ray “Crash” Corrigan, is located in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains in the Santa Susana Pass area of Simi Valley in eastern Ventura County, California. The site is a public park in the City of Simi Valley, called Corriganville Park, and operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

It’s a really nice little park, now, with large eucalyptus trees, rocks, derelict relics from the days it was part of the movie industry, and a variety of beautiful views and plants and trees native to the region.

It is also enjoyed by the locals.  I went out with a small meetup group, leaving the house at 7:15 a.m. to get there by 8.  Given it was 93 F by the time I headed home at 10:15 a.m., it was a good thing to be there early.  As well, the light was gorgeous.  This, combined with companionable people, made for a nice way to begin the weekend and end my 10-week summer break.


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