This is fall break at the Claremont Colleges, the weekend chosen to inaugurate Pomona College’s 10th president, Gabrielle Starr. I don’t have a post about the event, as we choose the weekend to get away. I’m sure it was one for the books.
You can read about it at my friend’s blog here.
Instead, we spent the day in and near Ojai, with a short hike (a stroll, really) in the Los Padres National Forest. Perusing a number of choices for hiking, we chose the one with the most shade as California weather has been hot and dry with the Santa Ana winds blowing.
Driving past Ojai, the coastal mountains were clear.
Around a bend we saw the smallest post office in the US. Aside from the closed antiques store next door, I didn’t see anything that might be called Wheeler Springs. We didn’t investigate, but I’m sure there’s civilization somewhere nearby.
The Rose Valley Falls Trailhead starts in a campground and traverses over a few small streams and through some shaded areas, enjoying what passes for fall colors in Southern California.
The falls were not large, but offered a cool spot on a hot day. I would certainly recommend it for families.
Pomona College, the oldest and largest of the Claremont Consortium, has the most fountains.
The biggest one in Bixby Plaza doesn’t have water in it right now. I learned from this website that it is called the Bosbyshell Fountain.
This fountain in the Stanley Quad has the prettiest blue tiles.
These are (l to r) at the Coop, in front of Frank Dining Hall, and at the new dorm.
But I think my favorite one is at the Turrell. It’s not really a fountain, but a great water feature.
There used to be what we called the ballet fountain between the music building and art museum, but someone told me that the ballet sculpture fell off or broke, so it looks like a big cement hole now. This is what it used to look like:
Then there is also the Lebus Courtyard fountain, with this photo taken in January….
It is entirely possible that I have missed a fountain, or two. If and when I find one, I will add them.
Five years ago Life In Claremont, published its take on the NY Times Travel Section’s 36 Hours column. A few things have changed since then, so Claremontography presents this updated version.
Bridges Hall of Music (aka Little Bridges) on the Pomona College Campus draws audiences for concerts throughout the academic year. The beautiful venue also hosts weddings. Last month while playing for a wedding, I got to view the hall from the organ loft, a perspective not everybody gets to see.
Many times have I sat in the balcony, admiring the ceiling, and now I enjoyed this particular view of the intricate woodwork above.
The Hill Memorial Organ was dedicated in 2002, many years after the opening of the hall in 1915.
As long as I was walking around upstairs, I enjoyed the views out of the second-story windows.
Last night while wandering the empty Scripps campus, we ran across a fountain that we had never before seen. Are there more that we don’t know about?
With the weather heating up and not giving us June Gloom for a while, it’s time to think about staying cool and maybe dipping feet into fountains.
Most of Scripps Colleges fountains don’t have water in them right now.
This one in the Margaret Fowler Garden does have water flowing.
The most iconic fountain at Scripps is in Seal Court where you will also find the popular Motley Coffee Shop (closed for the summer) and the Scripps Challah for Hunger (also closed until the fall).
You might not want to actually put your feet in here, but with all the surrounding greenery, it’s a cool place to escape the heat as well as the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Historic photos of the fountain can be seen here.
When our girls were young, we used to take a Fountain Tour of the colleges. We would ride our bikes through the five undergrad campuses and try to ride by every single fountain.
Harvey Mudd College has three fountains, all of which have water running right now. The main and biggest fountain is the Venus Fountain in Hixon Court. The Venus in the middle is from Italy and was made by Giovanni Bologna in the Renaissance. Years ago it was referred to as the ratio fountain because there was a ratio of four men per woman on campus. Times have changed, and it is much closer to 50:50.
For archival photos of the installation of this fountain, click here.
This fountain is more of a contemplative water piece and is tucked away on northwest end of campus. There are benches for quiet reflection.
The third fountain is in front of the Linde Activities Center (the LAC).