( Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times )
Why, you may ask, are we rushing north on Interstate 5 and veering east on California 126 into the Santa Clara Valley? Why are we pulling off the road by a fruit stand and slipping into the backyard? Are we going to tip a cow? Steal oranges?
We are not. We are here for a date with a black-haired, blue-eyed beauty named Ramona.
She is, by at least one historian's reckoning, "the most important woman in the history of Southern California."
-- Christopher Reynolds
Read more: On the trail of 'Ramona' in California
Planning your trip:
Rancho Camulos Museum 5164 E. Telegraph Road (California 126), Piru; (805) 521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.
Guajome County Park 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista; (760) 724-4082, www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; 4002 Wallace St., San Diego; (619) 220-5422, www.parks.ca.gov.
Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet; (800) 645-4465.