Ramona's California

<p>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?</p>
<p>We are not. We are here for a date with a black-haired, blue-eyed beauty named Ramona.</p>
<p>She is, by at least one historian's reckoning, "the most important woman in the history of Southern California."</p>
<p>-- Christopher Reynolds</p>
<p><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/la-trw-ramona11-2009jan11,0,4310088.story">On the trail of 'Ramona' in California</a></p>
<p><strong>Planning your trip:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Rancho Camulos Museum</strong> 5164 E. Telegraph Road (California 126), Piru; (805) 521-1501, <a href="http://www.ranchocamulos.org">www.ranchocamulos.org</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Guajome County Park</strong> 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista; (760) 724-4082, <a href="http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks">www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Old Town San Diego State Historic Park</strong>; 4002 Wallace St., San Diego; (619) 220-5422, <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov">www.parks.ca.gov</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre</strong> 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet; (800) 645-4465.</p>

( 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.

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