We visited Neverland on 6/23/14. I booked a flight over Neverland for later on in the day. We drove over 400 miles that day alone! We drove westward, past Calabasas, until we hit Ventura and Santa Barbara. It was quite foggy in the morning, but here is a picture of the coastline.
Then we drove up through San Marcos Pass (Hwy 54). Below are photos of the stunning area going up the pass to Neverland. We ended up having to drive up and down twice (but that's another story) and both times I thought, I can see why Michael chose to live up here. So peaceful, beautiful and serene.
I also spoke with the guards behind the gates. One did not seem to understand Michael at all, and when I told him how envious the fans would be that he was allowed to see Neverland, he warmed up. He told me that Neverland was very brown, a fact I would see myself, but that the main grounds, the house, the lake and the train station area were very well maintained.
There is writing on every place you can imagine, in every language. Some dates back to 2009, others are more recent.
This single rose for Michael touched my heart.
Candles left for Michael from Germany
Fan love from Australia
The guard shack from behind
Trees to the right of the guard shack
Another fan thanking Michael, from Argentina
And then it was time to leave. I was very sad but excited because in a matter of hours, we would be flying in a helicopter over Neverland! Channel Island Flights pilots could not have been nicer!
This is Kevin, our pilot. I am scared of heights, and so I was somewhat nervous (ok terrified) but once we took off, I no longer feared anything. Like I stated above, Neverland looked very brown. However, Willa told us that there is a water shortage in all of California, and especially near Neverland.
This is Lake Chumash, 6 miles away from Neverland. Lake Chumash is the reservoir that provides water to Neverland and the surrounding areas. As you can see, the water levels are very, very low.
At first I was very upset because as you can see, Neverland from above looks very brown. However, once I realize that the was a severe water shortage, I realized that nothing can be done to utilize water for Neverland until the water supplies raise. California needs rain desperately.
These are the hills right before we flew over Neverland.
You can see the tennis court from this shot.
The pink haze is a reflection of my sweatshirt from the helicopter glass, but a better picture of the tennis court.
Again, pink haze but a shot of the lake as well.
Better view of the lake
The thirty minute ride felt like 5 minutes, even though I know it was 30 minutes because I timed it (lol). I wish I could have taken better pictures for fans who wanted to see what Neverland looks like. I plan on making this an annual event with a better camera for next year.