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This house is located in Lee Vining, California. I discovered it in April this year while in the area camping.
The house may be upside down, but the door isn’t.
The sign in front of the house reads,
“Upside Down House
Created by Nellie Bly O’Bryan (1893-1984)
A remarkable resident of the Mono Basin, Nellie Bly O’Bryan built this famous tourist attraction in 1956. It was inspired by a children’s tale, “Upside Down Land” ( a story), which Nellie recalled after seeing a tipped-over miner’s cabin. It was originally located along Hwy 395 south of the Mono Inn. After her death, the house fell into disrepair until it was moved here in 2000.
Years before coming to Mono County in 1939, Nellie became Hollywood’s first female projectionist and appeared in several of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.
The information on the right of the photo of Nellie reads, “Nellie as the masseuse in “A woman of Paris 1923“.
Souvenir cards and more information about Nellie Bly O’Bryan are inside the museum.“
She sounds like a very interesting woman doesn’t she?! The museum was closed at the time I was there. I don’t know if the door to the house is ever open, but I’ll check when there again.
This post is part of Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors Click on the link and be taken to his blog where you’ll see all the entrees for this week’s Thursday Doors.
I hope everyone had a lovely week-end. We shared our holiday with Baby Girl and her family and had loads of fun.
We dyed Eggs for the Easter bunny to hide and the colors came out so pretty. We used Baby Girl’s fresh from the coop eggs which are mostly brown eggs. We had to leave the eggs in the dye longer but it was so worth it. Look at these colors! I love the red and green ones the best.
Instead of chocolates we took the kids cookies to paint. We found the kits at Costco and it was fun. Even the teenage Grand-daughters enjoyed painting their cookies. There was enough for me to do one so I painted along with a couple of the kids. They ate their cookies as soon as they finished painting them so I didn’t get a photo, unfortunately.
Later in the afternoon the youngest Grand-daughter taught me how to drive the little red Quad and after two loops I was zipping around the property having a blast. I can’t wait to ride it again. I plan to go down the harder roads on their property then!
Let’s go back to my camping trip and look up at the stars from Mono Lake.
” Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.”~ Henry Van Dyke
There was quite a bit of airline traffic that night as you see. I took out a couple of airline tracks that were red and distracting I thought.
I hope everyone had a great week-end, and you’re glad of life this week and always!
The sunset colors were stunning the other night and luckily He-Man and I were out for an evening walk in the neighborhood when I admired not for the first time this lovely corner green door with a wreath and the gorgeous sky above it. I had to snap a photo for Thursday Doors!
This is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series. Click the link to add your own Door find and check out some other participants doors from all over our planet.
I thought I’d share with you some recent images from the trail. The clouds were gorgeous, and the deer were too, and I loved the Oaks that lined the trail a little bit more than usual on this morning hike.
I was on the way down here. The view is looking at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area. The white teeth like structure left of center near the water is Shoreline Amphitheater, and moving to the right are the hanger of Moffet Field looking small from up here. The mountains in the distance is the Diablo Range.
Autumn was on display. Even dying I thought the blossoms were pretty.
I think this is a Coyote Bush. It goes all Fuzzy this time of year.
The Toyon are full of red berries this time of year…
and the wildlife… I saw a young Buck, a Doe, and some wild turkeys along with the usual suspects; squirrels, and birds. This pretty doe was in the front yard of home when I was headed up hill along the road to the trail-head.
I made two short videos. One of the Buck, and the other of the wild Turkey’s.
Here’s the video to the Buck. I dislike my voice in this video, but can’t figure out how to mute it so no one has the option to hear it. 🙂 I couldn’t upload the video directly from my computer, so had to put it up on YouTube.com for you to see.
I hope you all have a lovely week-end and your views where ever they are are wonderful.
When I’m not hiking Hiking I feel the need to stretch my legs and keep in shape so, I walk up what I call the “steep road” which isn’t too far from me. The total elevation gain is anywhere from 250-900ft depending on how good I feel. If I’m feeling great when I get to the top of the road I’ll veer over to the trail that takes me up to Fremont Older Open Space and get more hills in. But, no matter how far I go up I’ll usually end up on the road going down which leads me to this view, and past this house.
I love the pavers on the curved driveway leading up to the arched garage doors, and the balcony! 3 French doors and two topped with Ivy! SWOON! The tile roof… is gravy.
Quite often when stretching my legs I don’t carry anything other than my iPhone7Plus. I’ve regretted that choice more times than I can count! This was one of them. I blew out the sky to keep the house in the right light, but even it is a bit blown out. 😦 It was a risk knowing He-Man and I got started later than I wanted to. He likes to start later than I do and if I want his company I concede to his timetable most the time.
I hope you’ll see the house as I do when walking down that steep road after a long hike up. It always puts a smile on my face seeing it. It’s like a Villa isn’t it? I wish sometimes this was my final destination, but reality…it’s not! But, it is the first house of the last steep S curve going down. The road’s grade gets easier after this last S curve, and soon I’ll be done, and the deer are sometimes just around the corner at the bottom of the “S”! I hope they’re there this morning.
Here’s how I see the house from higher up the road.
The Deer weren’t at the bottom of the hill eating on this morning, but you know I hope they are every time I go this way! 🙂 I see Deer so often when out stretching my legs or hiking that I believe they’re my Spirit Animal. Coyote are the other 4 legged animal I see a lot when hiking. I wonder if I’m missing a sign and they’re my Animal Spirit? Maybe both? I should look that up.
I hope to be out birding this week-end so won’t be online much. I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and do something you love doing, and see a door or two along the way! xx 🙂
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