Time for a website update!
The first “major” update is an extension of my US 99 tour. I’ve decided to take it north of the Kern River. How far north I have not yet decided, but so far at least as far as Delano to the Tulare County Line. I may push it to Goshen, but we shall see. More photos are necessary as well as more research. Maybe Fresno is in the future, but it will be quite some time away. Right now, I’ve extended the tour two stops north to the Oildale OH, the northern end of the 1933 Bakersfield Bypass.
Over the past week or so, I’ve been working to add more content to the site. Not to avoid completing the existing pages either, just to fill in some gaps. Here are some of the updates:
- New Website Feature – a new Discussion Forums feature has been added. It is an experiment, so we’ll see where it goes.
- New Section – Civic Information – These pages give links to every incorporated city in Southern California and give a bit of information about each county as well. The links are finished, but the format is still being worked on.
- New Page – Seeking Old Highways – A while back I was working on putting up a guide to looking for old roads, bridges, and signs. It is still a work-in-progress, but has now been more given its own page in the Highways section.
- Additional Historic Photos – Old photos of US 101 in the Los Angeles area have been added to the US 101 page.
Back when this site was just covering Santa Clarita, it had a section called Civic Information. I plan to bring this back, with a difference. Instead of covering just that city, all incorporated cities in Southern California will be covered. City websites, contact information, and more will be posted. I feel it is important to be able to connect with your local government. We all want something better, why not do so by getting involved ourselves and working towards that goal together?
I’m trying out a new idea for SocalRegion – a web forum. I’m not quite sure where this will go or how well it will be used, but there is no better way than to implement it. I plan to add subsections that mirror each section of the website in the future. Right now, I just have geology and roads. This is “Southern California Regional Rocks and Roads” after all. Right now, access to the forum is through the menu on the left side of the site. Please tell us what you think about the new addition!
I enjoy riding my motorcycle throughout Southern California. In my exploration of the region by motorcycle, I’ve found many roads that are a lot of fun to ride. As such, I have been thinking about adding some pages about motorcycling in the region. What the focus of the pages may be and what sort of extent they may cover is still undecided. Topics such as riding tips specific to Southern California, recommended roads, and other items of interest may be included. I am looking to see if there is indeed interest in adding these pages. If you are interested, please send me feedback and / or vote in the poll, which is on the left sidebar.
As an extension of my coverage of the geology here in Southern California, I intend to add a page on the geology in the Imperial Valley region. Subjects such as the Salton Sea, mud pots, Lake Cahuilla, the Colorado River Delta, and more as time permits. There is a lot to cover and more to the region than normally meets the eye.
In the interest of “filling in gaps” in the site, I’ve added some photos to my San Diego Mission Valley Bicycling page as well as updated my Fairmount Avenue page. My Fairmount Avenue page also includes photos in addition to updated information about the expressway.
I’ve slowly been working on adding more pages to my Historic Bridges of Southern California section. Los Angeles County is next and is being worked on now. While the format is still a bit “fluid”, the page should be up soon. Look to the main Historic Bridges section for updates in the next couple weeks.
While still not in its final form, I have added a Site Map to this website. The site is large and, while at least somewhat organized, it can be tough to find certain pages. This new feature will allow for an easier look into all this site has to offer. It can be found here and in the menu on the left side of the page.
As this site has expanded in its scope, I’ve slowly expanded each page. Now, it is the Images of San Diego‘s turn to expand. I will be adding a lot more photos, covering all of Southern California. I know it is an area that is covered plenty on the Internet, and this site will be among those. I have many thousands of photos that I would like to post and am expanding the page to allow for that.