I am just thrilled that I was able to secure a tour at this wonderfully unique and historic creation of Art Beal. Thanks to the super friendly and flexible hosts (and owners) of Nitt Witt Ridge, Stacy and Mike O'Malley, for accommodating my changing schedule while in the Cambria area for a weekend getaway from LA.
For a donation of ten dollars, Mike met me at the house and gave me a 45-minute full, colorful and experiential tour complete with stories, show and tell, artifacts, as well as an awesome little 4 minute video of the creator Art Beal. The abalone shells that line all the steps, the stories of his recurring coffee/beer breaks, his rooftop "throne", the toilet seat frames, his and her outhouse, the winding and refrigerated staircase, mermaid wall paper, the garden sink and bathtub fountain and the rock animal zoo! Mike was so engaging with a theatrical flare, that I could've listened to his stories for another hour! I was completely impressed with Art Beal's ingenuity, creativity and passion for making a castle out of other people's junk! This man was no Nitt Witt. He may have been a bit of a kook, but he certainly was no dummy! I left there feeling like I just met him! Thank you Mike and Stacy for purchasing this jewel, protecting and restoring it, in order to share his memory and vision with us. Please get a website up and running so visitors (old and new) can share their experiences at the wondrous Nitt Witt Ridge! I can't think of a better morning than touring Hearst Castle and going straight to Cambria to experience the glory of this hillside mansion! What an awesome, fun mix of extremes!
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