Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
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‘Where Am I?’ by Christopher Reynolds

Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Now there’s a cool sign for a jewelry store, don’t you think? Except that this joint’s proprietors have been in another game for decades. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Don’t rock the bucket, padre. If the fall doesn’t kill you, the carnivores on the ground might.

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Simple, right? But how many North American Chinatowns are there? Big ones, little ones, new ones, old ones. Of the four or more I’ve seen this year, this is the only one whose welcome gates went up in 1971.

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
OK, so you’ve puzzled out the name of the town. But where is it? It’s on a lake 32 miles long in a state that has been governed by George Clinton, Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland.

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
The Westons, first family of photography in our fair state, spent much of the 20th century with this Carmel-convenient point in view.

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Nope, not the Colorado. But I can tell you that the horses are in Mexico (no, you don’t get a point for that) and this river came a long way before changing direction here.

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
How many train stations are there in California? Plenty. But how many cities owe their architecture to the aftermath of a 1925 earthquake?

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Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Interesting color choice on those parking lot lampposts. It’s almost as if the hotelier — oops, the owner, or maybe his wife — has a thing for pink. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Go ahead. Make that big leap and assume that we’re in Mexico. But more than one place in Mexico claims credit for creating the margarita. In fact, more than one place in this city on the Bay of All Saints claims credit for creating the margarita. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
If you know municipal nicknames and can read sideways signage, you don’t even need to be told that this eatery is on the ground floor of an ace hotel.

 (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Wait a minute! That looks like the Grand Canyon. But the National Park Service would have major reservations about letting a tourist helicopter fly so low. Who lives next door?

 (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Where am I? by Chris Reynolds
Bye, bye, now. And so long from the portals of this 108-year-old camp and the 427 tent cabins within. FYI, Mapquest says the drive home to Rancho Cucamonga will be 349 miles. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
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