Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2012
Spent some time walking around Tampa area just to get the legs loose from the race on Sunday. Happened by an O & P facility in the area, these folks are heroes to those of us with mobility issues!
Also took an afternoon to do laundry so I would have clean clothes to run in when I got to Pasadena. The laundromat was actually quite nice...Rainbow or Rainbow Market, something like that. It was cheap, clean and in a great neighborhood. Sorry, didn't get photos of this fascinating afternoon.
Wednesday, February 15th
Flew to Burbank airport via Phoenix... all flights wonderfully uneventful and on-time! The weather was cold (by CA standards) at 40 degrees and windy but by the time I got to my hotel I did feel like I was in paradise:
|Flowers like these were EVERYWHERE I looked!|
|There's not a bad seat in the house if you're a sports fan!|
|You can take your pick of any sport, any team, any time.|
|The "bus" inside Barney's, with patrons watching basketball from inside the bus.|
So after the game it was back to the room for me. Local time, it was only 8pm but I was pooped after a very long day of travel! P.S. Tarheels managed to escape Miami with a win.
Thursday, February 16th
I slept in 'til 6a.m. (well, according to my East Coast body clock it was really 9a.m. so I did actually sleep late) and went for a 6-mile, easy run around Old Pasadena. Going for a run is always such a great way to see the area; I got advice on the route from the concierge--they actually had laminated cards printed out for exactly this purpose. Here are some views of the immediate hotel area:
|Nice view of the mountains in the background, this is Los Robles Ave. where the Westin is located.|
|This is a view from the promenade that runs behind the hotel and into the shopping areas of Old Pasadena.|
|Another view of the promenade. This area is really beautiful, with water running through it and art pieces installed all around.|
|The turtle fountain in the promenade... a good luck omen, thanks to my friend, Cecil|
After the run I hunkered down in the hotel room for the rest of the day to work on the computer and catch up on phone calls. Then I ventured back out to find a place to get dinner--I had seen some cool spots along my run earlier in the morning and got some advice from city locals as to their favorites.
|Hard to see, but this is the outside of Haven Gastropub, a local fave.|
|The menu. They offered many of these dishes at a discount between 4pm and 6pm nightly--YUM!|
Woke up early this morning, 5a.m. PST, to keep my body clock on track. Went for a short 3-mile jog then breakfast at Barney's Beanery. I found out that Barney's has been around for a hundred years almost and has been a long-time favorite of locals and celebs. It got its name because it features great coffee and great chili (hence, "Beanery) but offers all sorts of food all day long.
|Barney's Beanery by the light of day|
|My chaperone in front of the Detroit Tigers-version of the Journey; blue exterior, white leather with orange stitching interior.|
|Inside the Expo|
|You gotta love the places who have their priorities in order! This was the entrance to The Pub at Golden Road Brewery|
|A bit of the menu items at The Pub at Golden Road.|