Charlie S. Buttar

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Scream Master Air Raid Siren
Have you ever seen one of these peculiar-looking towers in Santa Clara County? Some of you might know what these are, but others might have no idea what they're looking at. If you'd like to find out more - read on! These ancient towers are actually air raid sirens. Back during the Cold War era, the Civil Defense Department installed a total of 130 sirens throughout the County, with 55 of them being located in San Jose. The sirens were installed with the intention of alerting people of oncoming danger, which is quite an alarming thought when you think about...Read more...
Vernal Rainbow
It was late April when I embarked on a journey to Yosemite National Park . I left San Jose around 9:30 AM, and I arrived to the Park around 3:30 PM. Usually, it would only take a four-hour drive to get there, but I made a few lengthy stops for food and such along the way. As I approached the entrance of Yosemite, it began sprinkling, which is when I realized I made the mistake of not checking the weather - just like I had on my previous trip to the Channel Islands . Once I was in the National...Read more...
Smugglers Cove
Visiting Channel Islands National Park was like taking a trip back in time to see what California’s landscapes once looked like, before they were altered by urbanization. Channel Islands National Park is made up of a series of five islands, all of which are located off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The five islands, in no particular order, are called Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island, and Santa Barbara Island. I paid a visit to the largest of the five islands, Santa Cruz Island. In order to get to the island I...Read more...
Death Valley
I left San Jose at 5:00 AM in late February to travel to Death Valley for a weekend. From San Jose I started my trip by hopping on to the unusually scenic I-5; there was hundreds of blooming Cherry Blossom trees which provided me with a gorgeous landscape to look at. After getting off the I-5 and getting on to the route through Bakersfield, the views became even more picturesque; the hills were green with colorful flowers scattered all throughout the ridges. However, after a certain point the landscape started to become dry and lifeless as we entered the desert...Read more...