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Jan 2, 2020 - San Dimas CA

Thursday's task was an early – again – trek, this time to what they call the Showcase of Floats where all the floats are on display for a close-up viewing opportunity. It was unbelievable to me how many people showed up for this at $20 per person; I’m only guessing here, but I’m gonna go with 20,000 (they had 18,000 a couple years ago) during the course of the day...it was crazy busy and just another of the massive revenue sources that fund the Tournament of Roses Parade. We got there about 8:00 and wandered amongst all the floats till...

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Jan 1, 2020 - San Dimas CA

3:30 was our wakey-wakey time on New Year’s Day and based on the attitude of the rest of the crowd, it was universally unpopular. But, in the interest of getting the bus parked close to our bleacher seats along Colorado Boulevard we mustered all the energy and tepid enthusiasm we could to make it happen. After about a 90 minute bus ride, made longer by the roundabout way our driver had to go to get into the lot with all the closed and one-way streets to “improve” the traffic flow, we were the first bus into the lot about a 100 yard walk to...

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Dec 31, 2019 - San Dimas CA

We had another early morning on Tuesday – we were up at 5:30 – for our bus ride to Irwindale to another float barn to see some of the “professionally” built floats. I did not know this, but most of the floats in the parade, and I imagine the other big parades across the country, are built by professional float building companies...who knew? Of the events we have done so far with this group, this one didn’t live up to our expectations or that of most of the group. We got to weave our way through a short section of the warehouse that held...

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Dec 30, 2019 - San Dimas CA

Monday morning we got to leave at 7:45 for a 90 minute bus ride to Pasadena City College to spend a couple hours watching Bandfest, an event that showcases all the high school and college bands that will be marching in the parade on Wednesday. There were 8 bands performing during our session including bands from New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Denmark, El Salvador and the Pasadena Honor Band that’s made up of local high school and college students. Some had hundreds of members and some, like the one from Denmark, had...

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Dec 29, 2019 - San Dimas CA

We got a bit of a respite on Sunday morning. They made breakfast over in the event tent but we skipped it and slept in a little, then the bus pulled out at 10:00 for the hour drive – traveling in LA is much better as a passenger – to Burbank to attend Equestfest https://tournamentofroses.com/events-calendar/equestfest-presented-by-wells-fargo/, that as you can probably tell is a horse themed series of events featuring precision riding teams and demonstrations including the Budweiser Clydesdales https://www.budweiser.com/en/clydesdales.html...

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Dec 28, 2019 - San Dimas CA

Saturday’s departure was at a relatively tolerable – though not in some people’s eyes – 7:00am just as the daylight was starting to appear over the mountains to the east. The early bus ride’s first stop was in front of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the birthplace of the city back in 1781. Our tour guide hopped on the bus there and we were off to tour the touristy spots, stopping to see the hand and foot prints of the stars in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater where the Oscar ceremony is held (it’s in a mall), a drive...

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Dec 27, 2019 - San Dimas CA

Our Saturday journey was a tiring one. We headed east on U.S. 101 through Santa Barbara, Ventura and Oxnard then turned inland and over the hills and down through Pasadena to our home for almost 2 weeks in San Dimas, a 31 mile drive east and a bit north of downtown LA. You may have heard this before, but LA area traffic is miserable. I don’t understand how the locals deal with this aggravation...and this horrific display of brake lights was on a Saturday afternoon; no where near a weekday rush hour. And if the miserable traffic isn’t bad...

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Dec 28, 2015 - Tour Day

Yesterday was the official start of the Rally. We had an orientation meeting at 3 PM to let us know the rules and the when's and where's. It was also time to meet the dog walker and introduce them to Marley. We left strict instructions that Marley was not to be fed any rugs. Monday morning and we're up bright and early to be ready to board the tour bus at 7 AM. Traffic and accidents being what they are here, we stand in the dark and cold until the bus arrives at 8. Finally we're on our way into the city to pick up our guide for the drive...

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Dec 26, 2015 - Christmas Week

I guess it's about time I updated this. We got here on Monday, the 21st. Tuesday was spent settling in and cleaning up a little. A wash and detail guy works this campground. He gave us a good price and after 5 hours work, our coach shines better than it did when we bought it. Everything is waxed and buffed and clean, probably until our first day on the road. We met our friends out here on Wednesday and went to a nice little place in Claremont which is a college town. The burgers were huge Christmas Eve, Marley had her staples out and got a...

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Dec 21, 2015 - Change Of Plans #2

Well, due to the most recent mechanical issues, we decided to push all the way through to the Rose Parade Rally campground in San Dimas, CA. It was a 300 mile push in 5:30. Western Arizona and into California was mostly desert with a few small towns scattered along the way. It sure is easy to see how dust storms are a major concern out here. Once into California and past the desert we traveled through the Banning Pass. We picked up some impressive head winds traveling through here. We dropped down 3 gears just to maintain 50 mph. We also...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Into the Inland Empire

We reluctantly left Silver Strand this morning and headed north up the 5 (I-5 for those of you outside of California). The road varies from 4 lanes to about 8 lanes wide in sections. For a Saturday, the traffic seemed extremely heavy, especially southbound where it looked like it was crawling or stopped from around La Jolla to around San Onofre (see the picture of the "boobs"). We were happy we weren't going in that direction, but we got our turn at San Clemente where the northbound lanes came to a halt. We crawled along until we got to an...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Feb 12, 2014 - Indio, Pomona and Playa del Rey, CA

We arrived in Indio at Desert Shores RV Resort a day early, after deciding not to stay in the dust in Quartzsite. They put us in our usual site - Buddy Pad#4 - we jokingly said we'd like to buy it (since we can't afford any of the other sites)! We are here at least for our free week that we won at last year's FMCA Rally. We touched base with our friends Bruce and Betty. Wednesday we went to Stuft Pizza for lunch. We'd been introduced to this restaurant in Old La Quinta last year and funnily enough our friend Tom and Marla from Surrey were...

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