Thank you so much for the nice webcams and photos of Balboa. We
definitely enjoyed our day of biking. We went to the Balboa
Pavilion webcam since it archives the photos. We were hopeful to
retrieve a picture of ourselves once we returned home. When looking
at the archives, it appears that the computer controlling the
renaming and/or uploading of photos crashed and reset itself. The
last accurate time was 11:58am on 2-18-2007. After that, the time
on the website states 16:00 for 12 noon. Also, the picture itself
states 4 o'clock on Dec 31 1969. I was still able to find a picture
of me, but I thought I would let you know.
Love the new Balboa Bay webcam! It's the best web cam you've
linked yet. It does make it hard to concentrate on my work,
however, because I'm too busy crossing the bay (in my mind) with
the ferries all day long!
Jim, the clarity and positioning of your "Balboa
Bay" web cam is outstanding!!!
I'm a Native of California, Long Beach to be exact, and I now live
with my mother in Eugene, Oregon. The one thing I love about your
website is the fact that there's a recording of one of the sweetest
whistles that I could ever hear in my life ... The lovely whistle
of the Phoenix! I was born on 7/15/1984 in Long Beach, California.
I grew up on Catalina Island, when the Phoenix was there. At that
time, my Uncle, Joey Gray, was the captain of that beautiful boat.
I remember the time when I was little, Uncle Joey took me on one of
the glass bottom boat tours to the underwater sea gardens, with my
sister Amber, my Aunt Sylvia, my Cousin Gracie, my Cousin Windy,
and my Cousin James. What a lovely sailing adventure! Whenever I
would hear that whistle, I would always say, that's the Phoenix!
However, when I listened carefully to the recording you have of
that whistle, I was slightly disappointed. The whistle didn't even
sound like it was on the ocean at all! It actually sounds more like
it's coming from somebody's backyard. When I was on Catalina
Island, and when that whistle of the lovely Phoenix would wail, I
could hear it from anywhere I was standing, even on the top of a
mountain! Is there a possibility that you could forward me a
recording of the Phoenix Whistle, from the years when it was on
Catalina Island? Even a recording of the diesel engine would be
nice. You can send them to me as MP3 Attachments Via Email.
i metyou 4 years ago on the peninsula. you took
my photo i just found your card in an old purse and found myself on
faces of Balboa. my parents took me there every yr .since i was3 i
am now 56 and still going would love to talk to you
Hello, wonderful site. I have a strange
question.. there was a wooden indian in the pavillion for awhile
during the 70's. my dad's told me a couple stories about it and i
was trying to find a picture of it. i am just lookin to find a
picture with the indian in it. the daily pilot did an article about
it called "the vanishing american"
any info would be much appreciated
My wife and I stopped in your new location the second week of
November. We were in town for our son's wedding. It was sad for us
upon hearing about the closure of the Balboa Market. You told me
that day that Balboa as we had know it was gone and I remember
walking down to the ferry hardly able to contain myself from the
sadness. I sure miss the old days but am so greatly appreciative of
your efforts to record history.
Don Vanpraag from Colorado
I grew up on the peninsula back in the 60's and 70's eating frozen
bananas. Do you happen to know who the originator was of this
delightful concoction? I remember seeing a segment about it on the
Food Channel but can't remember. I am currently writing a book that
takes place on the peninsula and would like to include this fact.
Thank for you time and any help you can supply me.
Our last name being Balboa and being related to
the explorer it would be nice to find out more of the heritage of
the city of Balboa. Looks like a beautiful town. We may have
distant relatives from there. I think they came up from the south.
Any info would be nice. No junk mail please. Thanks!
I grew up in Balboa. Married, moved away. Came
back in 1977 and lived there until 1984. Please tell me what
happened to Max Dillman and is Dillman's Restaurant still there on
Main Street? Also, do you know about Art Larson and is he dead
now? We know the Class of 47 and the original owners. Who own's
it now? Is it still a hole in the wall with a jukebox? Why do we
get a DC song when you click on the Class of 47 link on your page?
What happened to Don Dawson, skipper of the Catalina Holiday? Is
it still possible to find a place to live there. I would love to
come home. I worked for Pacific Ocean Yachts and Bruce McLoud.
Are they still there? Love to hear back from you.
Gail Brooks Wilson