After Koop dropped us at home and headed on his way, Paul and I jumped into my car and went north. About 40 miles north of Pasadena, we arrived at Vasquez Rocks; you’ve seen it in dozens of movies from Stagecoach to the Flintstones. For the geeky, it’s where Captain Kirk fought the Gorn, and where the creepy insectoid “Xanti misfits” were left in another classic episode of Outer Limits.
After dinner, we made a quick run east to Sierra Madre to stand at Kersting Court. It’s a little triangle-shaped park at the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd and Baldwin Ave.; it’s triangular because there’s a road where the streetcar tracks used to pass through. You may have seen it in the movies; it was an important location for the 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The next morning, on the way to LAX (a frankly miserable airport, redeemed only by the formerly space age and now retro-cool “Theme Building”), we made a quick detour to the Witch’s House.
A block from Santa Monica Blvd, in the heart of Beverly Hills, in a quiet upscale neighborhood of nice suburban homes, you’ll find a house straight out of Hansel & Gretel. Also known as the Spadena House, it really needs to be seen. According to various online reports, the house was originally built in Culver City to serve as the prop storage facility for one of the movie studios; at some point, it was sold and moved to its current location.
One of the little joys of Los Angeles is that practically every part of the city has some odd little unexpected thing; a witch’s house, a castle, a giant donut, it’s always something. Next time, we’ll look at some of the interesting places we had to skip due to time constraints.