Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adventures in L.A.

Hi all, Dianne here.  Our main purpose for coming to California this fall was to visit our daughter, Robyn, in Los Angeles for the holidays.  The Californian RV Resort in Acton will be our home base.  It's about an hour north of the city, in the foothills of the Antelope Valley.   Our campground is at 3600 feet.   It's COLD here!!   We watch the temperature gauge on the car each time we drive into town to see Robyn, and the difference is  always 10 to 15 degrees warmer at her place.

Roger is becoming an old pro at driving the Matrix in the infamous Los Angeles traffic, on "The 101,"  "The 5,"  "The 405," and "The 14."  When we leave town in the motor home, we'll use "The 210."  We're getting used to the vernacular around here.  At home, the roads are called "I-69" or "State Road 38," for instance.  Out here, every road is preceded by "The..."

We spent a very fun Thanksgiving with Robyn at the home of her friends, Scott and Kate, and their darling baby, Colin.   There were ten college friends (from Indiana), plus Roger and I.  Here is a photo of Robyn (on the right) with her friend, Rachel.

After a wonderful meal and great conversation they broke out the "Rock Band" XBox game.  What fun!  Robyn tried her hand on the keyboard while her friends were on the guitar, drums, and vocals.

They persuaded Roger to try a turn.   He gave it a go, but let's just say he should stick to his day job of retiree.   

This morning we decided to check out some other campgrounds in the area for future reference, and do a little sightseeing.  We drove to Malibu and checked out the Malibu Beach RV Resort, which is right on the Pacific Coast Highway, with ocean views (for a hefty price.)   We made reservations to spend Christmas week there before we leave for Texas.
Our next adventure was really fun for me.  I had mentioned to Robyn that I wondered where The Biggest Loser ranch was (one of my favorite TV shows).  She looked it up for me.  Roger and I decided to drive past to see if we could see it, since we were in that area this morning.  As it turns out, it is actually a historic ranch that is part of a public park facility.  We were able to drive in, park for $7, and walk the trails on the property.   We didn't expect any contestants to be on the ranch at this time, as the current season is almost over.   Below is a shot of the workout gym:

I noticed a contestant who had pulled an exercise bike to the front doorway of the gym and was working hard while enjoying the cool air and outside views.  I knew he wasn't from this current season.  I started to take a photo of the gym, but then we were approached by a security guard.  He explained that we were welcome to photograph the outside of the buildings, but were not to take photos of any of the contestants.  Since the contestant was visible in the open doorway of the gym photo I had taken, I erased it and used this one instead (not as good).  

We talked to the guard for a minute and he explained where we were allowed to walk.  When I told him I didn't realize contestants would be there at this time, he explained that these were the new contestants for the next series, which has already begun filming.

We hiked up a steep hill to the top and took a photo of the house from atop the hill.  We heard voices and, sure enough, there were two contestants sitting at the top of the hill after hiking up.  Now I can say I've exercised at the Biggest Loser Ranch!

The reason I like this show so much is that I love to see the contestants' transformations.  The show also keeps me motivated to try to stay active and fit.   Now I can't wait for the new season to start, so that I can watch the contestants we saw today and follow their progress. 

 When we hiked back down the hill and past the gym again, the contestant was gone and the front doors were open, showing some of the exercise equipment inside.

From there, we drove over to Robyn's apartment for a short visit, and took her out for some Thai food.   We talked about some of the things we'd like to do together during our month here.   We made reservations to take a Warner Brothers studio tour, and signed up for tickets for a couple of TV show tapings.  What fun!!  Let the adventures begin....

The whippet photo of the day shows the boys in their coats after a very cold walk down to the dog walk area of the campground.  They won't be spending much time outside here, that's for sure!   I think they're already dreaming of South Texas.


John and Ellen said...

Nice post. I remember the LA traffic all to well and I do not miss it. I am in agreement with your puppy dogs, dreaming of Texas!

Nancy and Bill said...

Looks like a fun time in LA with your daughter.

Just can't imagine driving in that traffic. We got within 50 miles of LA and couldn't handle the traffic during our last full-timing travels.

So we will be following to see all the things we missed :o) We really wanted to see the "Rose Parade"...could that be in your plans ;o)))


Gail Durham said...

I looks like you had a very busy and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Travelwithwhippets said...

To Nancy and Bill.... Unfortunately, we will be on our way to Texas during the Rose Parade. We did get to see it a few years ago when Purdue was in the Rose Bowl. It was great, but talk about a crowd!

Traveling Along said...

We know that campground well. Before moving to Virginia, we lived for 30 years in Santa Clarita..right at the bottom of the hill. When we moved to Virginia that hardest thing we had to learn was to drop the "The". LOL

Donna aka Froggi said...

We love, Love, LOVE Biggest Loser...that was a great experience. Thanks for sharing.

Now the photo of your adorable. They look so warm and snuggly. You need to submit them to my new website for Featured Pet of the Week.