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Monday, May 30, 2011

Macrine and I are going to Paradise !

Welcome to Paradise

Not in Paradise as in Heaven or in my island paradise(Marinduque) in the Philippines, but in Paradise, California about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento. We have a standing invitation from Macrine's first cousin Angie Jambalos Auld to spend a weekend with her and hubby,Jim, in their sprawling ranch house in Paradise. Macrine had already been to her house in Paradise last year with sisters Jean and Fe Jambalos. However, I have never been to Paradise, so I am looking forward for this visit. So, where in the heck is Paradise, California? Here's what Wikipedia says:

Paradise is an incorporated town in Butte County, in the northwest foothills of California's Central Valley, in the Sierra. The town is considered part of the Chico Metropolitan Area. The population was 26,408 at the 2000 census. Paradise is some 8 miles (13 km) east of Chico and 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Sacramento and 10 miles( 16 Km) north of the Oroville area.

The town of Paradise is spread out on a wide ridge which rises between deep canyons on either side. These canyons are formed by the west branch of the Feather River to the east, and Butte Creek to the west. The Paradise area extends northwards from Paradise to include the unincorporated town of Magalia and smaller communities such as Stirling City to the far north. Elevations in the town range from around 1500 to 2300 feet (450 to 700 m), steadily increasing as one travels northwards. The area is known and very popular with the skydivers.( see video at bottom of page).

Now you have an idea where the heck is Paradise, CA.

The first post office was established at Paradise in 1877; it closed for a time in 1911, but was re-established later that year, when the post office at Orloff was closed. Paradise was incorporated in 1979. The name "Paradise" originated with an establishment called the Pair O' Dice Saloon. Even though the town is small it has some notable residents as follows:

1. Actor Tom Selleck has a residence in De Sabla just above Magalia.
2. Song Writer Charlie Puckett Strange Music Writer For Tech N9ne lived in Paradise
3. Statistician and athlete Joseph Hilbe graduated from Paradise High School.
4. Actress Carla Gugino lived in Paradise after a kidney operation when she was four years old.
5. Actor Gary Burghoff, best known as playing Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H, resides in Paradise.
6. Blues legend Lazy Lester is currently living in Paradise.
7. Child actress Tiffany Brissette, best known for her role as VICI on the 1980s sitcom Small Wonder was born in Paradise.
8. Norton Buffalo died in Paradise on 30 October 2009.
9. Oregon WR Jeff Maehl grew up in Paradise and graduated from Paradise High School.
10.NFL player Ward Walsh was born in Paradise.
Here's an aerial video of Paradise, for your enjoyment!


Note: Do you know that there are towns/places named Paradise in Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Michigan ? In Michigan there is also a town named Hell. I am not sure, if I want to visit Hell, Michigan this summer! Paradise and Hell, Michigan are only about 300 miles from each other. Hell is south of Paradise.

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