MONTEREY (UPI)—The California sea otter, one of the most rare and valuable mammals of' all time, is staging a comeback. In 1937, conservationists thought the sea otter was extinct. Today, carefully protected by stem regulations, about 650 of these friendly creatures sun and play in the surf around Point Lobos Reserve State Park, a rugged piece of Pacific coast located about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Russian hunters, out to skin the likable sea otter for his valuable pelt, all but eliminated the otter during the 1800's. The MORAINE LAKE - This photo by Wilburn J. Young, 18 South Buena Vista street, won an honorable mention in a Redlands Camera club color slide competition. The scene is near Lake Louise in Canada. Travelers never had it so good as 1965 NEW YORK (UPI) — One of the biggest bugaboos for the long-distance traveler over the years was fear of boredom. After the excitement of setting out had worn off, there often came the problem of how to while away the hours, days or weeks until journey's end. The traveler now doesn't have to worry whether he has enough books or other ways to help pass the time, thanks to the competition for the tourist trade dollar among air, sea and land carriers. The transportation companies have been going all out to provide entertainment for their passengers. The sea voyager can practice skeet-shooting, perfect his golf swing and swim stroke, learn BENELLI 125CC "COBRA" 2 cycle, 4 speed, high performance engine, 63 mph, magneto Ignition. SALES AND SERVICE Accessories for All Lightweight Bikes Royal Muffler Service 601 N. Eureka 792-4975 the Watusi or waltz, or take in Btructions in bridge, chess or photography en route aboard trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific liners as well as the cruise ships. Railroads run special trains with movies and television for the diversion of passengers. The air traveler can watch feature films too, or listen to stereophonic music while jettmg across the continent. Trans World Airlines was the first to equip cross-country jets with "in-flight" movies. Its marked gams in passenger traffic stirred introduction of air borne movies by other airlines, including American, Continental and United. Competition is probably fiercest among the airlines and many offer various extra services in addition to entertainment and amusement. For example, American J^ir- lines will bake you a cake if they know you are coming. "On your birthday or wedding anniversary, if you give us warning when you make your reservation, we'll bake a cake for you," said AA spokesman John Squire. "With the appropriate inscription, it will be presented by a stewardess during your flight." Squire also noted that while air travelers generally may eat meat on Fridays by special dispensation from the Pope, those who desire fish should inform the AA reservations clerk when making arrangements for flights on that day. The airlines also will provide kosher food, as well as low sodium, low cholesterol, diabetic or bland meat-free meals if requested. The airlines' concern for the care and treatment of their passengers is not only aloft. Squire said. There are times when flights are delayed by weather or mechanical difficulties. "When a passenger is delayed, we offer to get him a seat on the competition, wire ahead to let his family know of the delay or change his hotel reservations or whatever," he said. "If circumstances are such that it is best or necessary that he stick with us until the weather clears or the fix is made on the airplane, we will feed and house him." Sometimes this takes a bit of doing. For instance, last January a heavy snowstorm closed down John F. Kennedy airport in New York and paralyzed ground traffic, marooning about 450 passengers in the AA terminal. The airlines met the crisis by bedding down passengers in 12 heated Boeing 707 Astrojets and keeping the commissary staff working through the night to prepare breakfast for them and about 350 snowbound em ployes. The airlines also offer hundreds of tour packages, ranging from golfing in Palm Springs or Miami to sightseeing tours of San Francisco' or theater weekends in New York. "Golfers are the object of much competition," Squire said. 'We have a golf bag rate of $4 to or from anywhere on our system. No more than 14 clubs plus a pair of shoes and a dozen balls are allowed at that rate. And if you can't hit a dozen balls with 14 clubs, you'd better go back to bingo." Tahoe 22 Miles Long About two-thirds of Lake Tahoe is in California, with the remainder in Nevada, points out the Automobile Club of South em California. 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The property is rich in the history of early Plumas County as well as being the birthplace of skiing in California. Mining activity started during 1849 and the discovery of the Eureka ledge on Eureka Peak in 1851 set off an era of mining areas and the old flumes, mills, tunnels, and dumps of the hard rock mines scattered over Eureka Peak and on Jamison Creek have high visitor interest. The park lies on the northern edge of California's Mother Lode, not far from Bret Harte's immortal Poker Flat and near Port Wine and Poverty Hill. Johnsville is 62 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and four miles off Alternate U.S. 40, the I Feather River Highway. Facts Classified Ads Can Sell Anything CaU 793-3221 Redlands Daily Facts Wed., May 19, 1965 - 13 Playful otters get protection luxurious pelts were traded in the Far East and Europe at prices averaging about $50 each. By 1910, when the hide of the four to six-foot otter was particularly rare, one pelt sold for more than $1,700 on the London fur exchange. Herds of sea otters, called officially "rafts," were wiped out by the Russians in the period around 1812, when they established Fort Ross north of San Francisco as a base of operations. Anyone who kills a sea otter today faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Under the watchful eyes of game wardens, the few sea otters who escaped the hunter have reproduced, one pup at a time, until reaching their present raft strength of about 650. The watchful can still observe the sea otter at play. The "chop, chop, chop" sound of otters at feeding time is the key to his presence. The otter finds food on the ocean floor, usually shellfish, and surfaces with a rounded stone in his huge paw. Lying on his back on the ocean surface, the otter holds the shellfish in his forepaws, smashes it against the stone un til the shell breaks and lies back to enjoy diimer. Then it's time for a nap. The otter wraps himself in strands of kelp to keep from drifting and often covers his eyes with his forepaws to keep the sun out of his eyes. Once the otter population was estimated at 200,000. His kind- friendly, harmless and playful— is on the increase now, thanks to conservation. Life for the sea otter can once again be fun m the California surf. TREASURE HOUSE Your unused furniture or appliances will find a ready market through Classified Ads. guaranteed for a happy vacation caravan CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY STATION WAGON mmm^ DODGE DART 270 STATION WAGON DODGE POLARA STATION WAGON YOUR LOCAL CHHYSLER. immL. Dom mmR VAN DORIN MOTOR CO. 1617 W. Redlands Blvd. 793-2493 (Next to Dangermond's Nursery) Chrysler or Dodge . . . Whatever your choice be assured of a carefree froubleless vacation for years to come. Both carry the Famous CHRYSLER CORP. 5-YEAR or 50.000-MlLE WARRANTY. Vacation in the Style You Please... 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