On the last day of the year we traveled into the Los Angeles basin. We had wante to go to Griffith Observatory, but it was packed with tourists from both sides of the approach to the summit of the hill that it sits on overlooking Los Angeles. We moved to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was busy but not overwhelmingly so. Rob and his family spent the day at Huntington Beach - Sun and Sand play was the only reasonable events on the beach.
It was up early to get to the Rose Parade. We had reserved seats on Colorado Boulevard when it crosses over a freeway, There were no ticket takers, but we found our seats on row three. No one showed up on row two giving us more open space. The parade was marvelous, but somehow even this parade suffered from proper pacing. Next we recharged our phones back at the car and then left on a nearby shuttle to the Rose Bowl. The stadium is 100 years old. No previsions were made for concessions inside so the only place to purchase food or drink was outside! The food was as crazy expensive as were our seats. It was a great game, but Utah came up just a bit short 45-42. The spead was 4 points so they covered that.
See Photos and Videos of the parade and the bowl game.
On January 2nd we returned all the way back home. We tried to avert the delay in Arizona by taking the old highway 91 out of Mesquite which has an on ramp just before the bridge, but the Arizona Highway patrol had it blocked, so we continued on old highway 91 in to St. George.