Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quiet, Relaxing Day

This morning, I walked north from the hotel to Cal State University Northridge for no other reason than to wander around. By then, it was about lunchtime and I searched for a nearby Indian restaurant. As I may have mentioned before, we don't have any in Fairbanks anymore so just about any chance I get, I'll look for one. This was also prompted by ChrisL's post on his food blog about a visit to Gorkha Palace. We had gone there with them last November and the food was fabulous. When I arrived, the place was still not open for lunch yet so I just headed back towards the hotel stopping at a Mexican grocery store for something to drink. It had a huge "deli" section with all sorts of prepared Mexican food instead of the traditional deli fare. By this time, I was more thirsty than hungry anyway even though it was a relatively modest 80°F. Maybe I'll look for another Indian place closer to the hotel tomorrow.

I walked about 9 miles and took advantage of the hotel pool to cool off. Bridget and the boys are off doing more Los Angeles touristy activities and since they are picking up her son and a friend, I volunteered to hang around the hotel so there would be enough room in the rental car. I didn't care to visit Hollywood or go to a movie in a fancy theatre. Plus, this way I don't have to deal with traffic. This is the courtyard of the modest hotel. Nothing fancy but a nice way to spend the day.

I plan on doing a little geocaching this afternoon and maybe visit the pool again. Just a quiet, relaxing day…

While walking today, I did see a lot of motorcycles on Reseda Blvd and most of the sport bikes rode pretty recklessly. I.e. passing on the shoulder or in the center turn lane and going pretty fast. Maybe it just means I'm getting old…

12 comments:

David Masse said...

That's quite a walk Richard. The pool must have been so much better afterwards.

VStar Lady said...

Richard, that's my idea of a great way to experience a place - on two feet (and it's always better when there's a pool at the end.)

Trobairitz said...

I think a nice long walk is preferable to touristy things, especially if you've been doing touristy things for a few days.

Hope you found some tasty Indian food later in the day.

Steve Johnson said...

Lots of Indian fare in SoCal, and I love Indian chow!

RichardM said...

It was nice to get out and walk around. Walking around a new area used to be one of my favorite activities. By the time I got back, it was around 90°F...

RichardM said...

Mine as well, though a bicycle is a close second. And when its this warm, a pool is nice to have!

RichardM said...

Small doses of the touristy things are fine and we've done quite a bit. Walking around and relaxing is a nice vacation.

Today I'm heading south as there are several places with decent reviews.

RichardM said...

Indian food is something that we don't have back home so it's a real treat. According to Google, there are about five places within five miles of the hotel.

Unknown said...

Ricard:

we have a large east Indian community here but I always order the same thing, Butter Chicken and those round syrupy balls (for dessert). I like the curry too but not as nice as Malaysian curry

I used to walk a lot but not so much these past few years.

bob: riding the wet coast

RichardM said...

I have had butter chicken a couple of times but generally prefer the vegetable dishes and spicy dishes. Or best yet are those that I've never heard of before. But I generally prefer northern Indian given a choice.

Vancouver sounds like a foodie paradise...

redlegsrides said...

Well, we're all getting older Richard, but the squids, they are pretty much stupid.....but that's why they're called squids.

RichardM said...

Around here, that seems to be the most common type of rider. Even see an occasional cruiser and scooter riding with the same "style" of riding but it isn't the majority for those groups. I haven't seen a single sidecar during the last week here...