All excursions are open to everyone. You do not need to be a registered Convention attendee to attend, but you will still need to purchase tickets using the Convention form. All excursions were chosen with regard to member interest, 3D photography opportunities, and uniqueness to the area. Itineraries may be subject to some modifications due to weather. Excursions require a minimum enrollment and are subject to cancellation. Please note that tripods are not allowed on three of the tours.
Tour #1 - Tuesday, Aug 8, Leave at 9:30 AM return 3:30 PM
Knott's Berry Farm
There will be a special prize of a $100 gift card to the winner of the on-site competition special category of "Knotts Berry Farm Photos". The theme park sits on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter and Cordelia Knott, with their family, beginning around 1920. The Knott family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors. Cordelia Knott's efforts in the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant were essential to putting Knott's Berry Farm on the map, and the ensuing crowds prompted the creation of even more tourist attractions. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property. Knott added several other attractions over the years. In 1983, Knott's Berry Farm added Camp Snoopy, which began the park's present-day association with the Peanuts characters. Ghost Town demonstrate the arts of the blacksmith, woodcarver, glass-blower, sign cutter, and spinner. Demonstrations of narrow gauge railroading and farm equipment hobbyists accompany additional merchant stalls of cottage-craft fairs seasonally. NO Tripods
Assorted Fresh Fruits,
Blueberry Muffins, Croissants, Assorted Danish,
French Toast Dusted with Powdered Sugar with Stewed Apples Served with Maple Syrup,
Mrs. Knott's Famous Fried Chicken,
Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs,
Smoked Bacon Slices,
Fresh O'Brien Potatoes,
Parker House Rolls with Butter & Preserves,
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Tea
$125 Includes admission, breakfast, bus ride.
Tour #2 - Wednesday, Aug 9, Leave at 11:30 Return at 4:30
Orange County Fair
The Orange County Fair is a 23-day annual fair that is held every summer at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Among the fair's various exhibits: Ice Museum featuring spectacular works of art rendered entirely from ice, to charming displays of antiques, miniatures, toys, and accessories, to photography, wine making, and even a pig race. There is also the Centennial Farm, a four-acre working exhibit that is dedicated to educating guests about the wonderful world of agricultural by highlighting California's rich agricultural heritage. There are traditional staples like cooking contests, arts and crafts, and a myriad of horses, cattle, goats, sheep, turkeys, pigs, dogs and rabbits and the youth of the Future Farmers of America and 4H who raised them. But if that's not enough, the OC Fair's carnival is designed for a multitude of electrifying thrills, featuring an updated 100-ft. Ferris Wheel ride, the hair-raising Chaos, the Viper, Tilt-A-Whirl, and the classic Zipper. Try your hnad a various games of chances and take home a stuff Toy for the kids. Explore the Gourmet world of various deep fried items from Oreo Cookies to Dill pickles, munch on whole Turkey legs and enjoy fresh home made lemonade.
$35 includes admission, bus ride.
Photography okay, but no tripods.
Tour #3 - Wednesday, Aug 9, Leave 12:30 Return 3:30
Richard Nixon Burial Site and Library
Excellent historical birthplace and museum run as a NHS, enjoy a 2 hour docent led tour on the anniversary of his resignation. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, and his wife Pat Nixon. Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of 14 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The 9-acre campus is located in Yorba Linda and incorporates the Richard Nixon Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood.
The Library has recently completed a $15 million renovation. The new Library features nearly 70 new major exhibits, including an exact replica of President Nixon's Oval Office and an extensive exhibit on Nixon's historic trip to China. 30 unique multi-media experiences, 11 original films, 12 custom digital interactives, 10 curated archival film sequences, more than 600 photographs, 8,000 square feet of wall murals and more than 300 artifacts covers that covers from the beginnings of Nixon's political career all the way to the White House and his fall from grace with the Watergate scandal.
$42 includes admission, docent led tour and bus ride.
Photography (no professional), but no tripods
Tour #4 Monday, Aug 14, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Warner Brothers Tour
Located in Burbank, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour offers an inside tour of the sets and soundstages used in a variety of classic Hollywood movies and shows, including Casablanca, Batman, Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Pretty Little Liars. Guests can enjoy being taken around a 110-acre backlot, visiting the prop department, the picture car vault. We will leave Irvine Hotel about 8:30 AM. At 10 AM, we arrive at the LA Cathedral. At 11, we depart for Burbank and Warner Bros., where a cafeteria will be available. The two hour tour will begin about 1:30 PM. Only restrictions are no video, tripods or photography when asked not to do so in certain location of the lot.
$105 includes admission, tour and bus. Capacity: 55
Photography, but no tripods.