Monday, June 15, 2009

Forest City and Clear Lake, Iowa

Forest City is the home of of Winnebago Industries, which manufactures motorhomes and all types of recreational vehicles. Winnebago Industries was born in 1958, when a group of local businesses, worried about Iowa’s depressed farm economy, persuaded Modernistic Industries of California to build a travel-trailer factory in Forest City.

The 200-acre factory includes the main assembly areas which you can visit on a plant tour.

Chassis awaiting assembly

Winnebago Vectra®. Loaded with luxury features and amenities such as Corian® countertops, UltraLeather™ furniture, elegantly crafted cabinetry and ceramic tile flooring.

Clear Lake is a large lake located near Forest City. It is is also a major stop on Interstate 35 with many restaurants, hotels and truck stops.

Lakeside park at Clear lake

Visitors of all ages are drawn to the sun, the fun and especially the lake fishing.

An annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament is held each June.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is located in Los Angeles County, just 3 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport.

A scenic 928-foot-long pier at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard offers fishing all year. The city is a very upscale beach town within commuting distance of Los Angeles, making it one of the most expensive coastal towns in which to live in America, according to the most recent Fortune Magazine rankings.

The Manhattan Beach pier on a typical afternoon.

Manhattan Beach's world famous "Strand" and local bike path

Manhattan Beach offers million dollar mansions on the "Strand"

The town regularly smashes Los Angeles County real estate sales records, with the median price of a single family dwelling with an ocean view approaching 2.1 million dollars.