|Letter from Pasadena
||Monday | 29 December 2014
Rose Bowl Camping
Pasadena, California: DT and I spent
several hours Sunday visiting several different retail establishments gathering items for 1) a Rose Bowl New Year party at
Lisa & Lenny's (they have kindly invited all our friends in
town for the game) and 2) a Rose Bowl tailgate at our bus. Yes, our motorhome is now
parked in the shadows of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Our plan was to drive over
on Tuesday, but - just in case the no-reservation lot filled up early - we
decided to move our journey up a day.
Just like Boy Scouts - we are prepared!
Exhausted, we limped ourselves back to our motorhome and tried to
find places to load our mostly-boozy purchases into the basement of our
Dinner Sunday was prepared (frozen) duck confit from
New Seasons Market in
Oregon. All I had to do was (thaw and) brown the leg-thigh duck. Dang, I am going to miss
this wonderful grocer until we return to Oregon in the Spring. If you live
anywhere near this Portland-area market, get yourself down to their
frozen duck aisle and purchase this house-made delight.
N O W !
Duck Confit - tonight served over egg noodles because I was too lazy to
make mashed potatoes.
Leaving the Motorcoach Country Club in Indio
The Magna Pergrinus headed to Pasadena just after noon. Traffic
was pretty terrible and it ended up taking over two
hours to reach Pasadena. We had so many passing cars
honk, wave and give the thumbs-up to our pretty motorhome...
one driver so unfriendly that he actually flipped us off, then backed
away and returned to flip-us-off again. Really?
We pulled up to the RV parking area next to the Rose
Bowl and paid for four nights dry-camping - $400 -
making this the most expensive campsite we have ever
rented. Ever. Dry-camping... and there are a ton of RV's
here paying the rent. Not only is there no pool or hot
tub, or electricity or water or anything, we are parked
in a line, so there is no way to leave unless the RV's
behind you leave first. We were also asked for an
additional $40 for a parking pass for the Honda, which
is parked at an adjacent lot so
we can drive in and out at our leisure.
Of all the RV's parked here, we have not seen one with
Florida State decals or flags. This is Duck Country.
Yellow license plates. Duck Banners. Everyone in yellow
There are a lot of kids as well, and they are having fun
tossing footballs around and playing on a really great
play structure - probably getting rid of all the energy
stored-up from a several-day drive from Oregon.
The duck confit will serve us well again tonight. I am making a
salad for dinner. No cooking. No pots and pans to wash. Everything already
prepared this morning in Indio - so we can enjoy a relaxing evening with our
Until my next update, I remain, your Rose Bowl correspondent.
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