They first stopped for dinner at the Pub at Golden Road, a huge restaurant connected to the brewery next door. It’s an incredible space with good food, although the music was loud beyond belief. (Even the younger set agreed.)
Then it was on to the Zoo. What they encountered was massive crowd and a long line to get in. Hats off to the Tiki Twins who were pretty good as the crept along for 30 minutes until gaining entry.
The lights were good to great, just enough really fun and amazing displays to offset the wall to wall people. Just maybe they’d never seen such a packed place…
Hilly walk/easy/2.5 miles
When D googled various walking routes near the Rose Bowl, Prospect Blvd. popped up as one with fewer cars. So that’s where they headed this morning.
Neither had either been on what they found out was a historic district. Here’s the lowdown courtesy of Wikipedia and photos of two of the many interesting homes. Alas, we couldn’t identify the Millard or Bentz Houses, although did spot a number of Greene and Greene.
“Prospect Historic District consists of homes along Prospect Boulevard and several surrounding streets. The district includes 108 residences and roughly encompasses the Prospect Park and Arroyo Park Tracts, a pair of early Pasadena subdivisions.
“Development on the Prospect Park Tract began in 1904, and the first house was built there in 1906. The Arroyo Park Tract was first surveyed in 1910, and its development soon followed; the two tracts were linked by the Prospect Boulevard Bridge, which was built in 1908.
“The houses in the district represent a wide variety of architectural styles and include works by several prominent architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House, Charles and Henry Greene’s Bentz House, and a 1909 mansion designed by Alfred and Arthur Heineman. The varied architecture of the district’s homes is united by its landscaping, particularly through the camphor trees which line its streets.”
It was so warm that they ate outside on the deck that overlooks the Arroyo with the gorgeous San Gabriel mountains in the background.
The little ones were good as were the three dogs in attendance. Just a lovely evening…
Two years ago the Adventurers were in Santa Barbara overnight on their way to a Thanksgiving dinner in Pasadena and they almost froze to death. It was so windy and chilly that the local restaurant they went to because the patio was dog friendly invited the Mag Dog to sneak inside.
What a difference two years makes. Today was a crystal clear, beautiful day to be walking the pedestrian path adjacent to the beach in Santa Barbara. Even in the late afternoon, it was in the 80s.
The Mag was in full Maggie mode, sniffing everything and greeting every dog she encountered.
Early on they stopped in front of the historical train station which was gleaming gold, much more than the photo shows.
They then headed to the shore and walked a couple of miles…
When L heard that the Palo Alto Players were putting on Peter Pan and that her friend Connie’s niece was playing Peter, it was a no brainer to figure out a why to take Grace and James to what is one of her all time favorite musical.
Along with D she’d seen it first on TV numerous times with Mary Martin in the 1960 production. She’d then taken John to see it when he was a lad, with Sandy Duncan playing the title role.
The performance was a special children’s matinee and there were pre-viewing activities, which included make hats and magic wands. The kiddos modeled theirs in front of a window leading to Neverland.
Corrie Farbstein is a fabulous Peter and the rest of the cast was excellent as well, particularly Captain Hook. Given the level of acting, singing, dancing and sets it was hard to believe that it was community theater production.
Willbe watching what this theater company will be putting on in the future…