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This Date In History . . .

This morning we were once again out the door and on the road by10:15 heading down to LA for another day of eating and shopping, this time heading down the 405.



So what else is new?

Jan has always been a big fan of the reality show ‘Sweetie Pie’s. Robbie Montgomery had a long career as a backup singer with groups from Ike and Tina Turner to the Beatles. But after a long illness and asthma forced her to quit as a singer, she open a restaurant in St. Louis in 1998 called Sweetie Pies.

Rated the #1 Soul Food Restaurant in St. Louis for years, Sweetie Pie’s became a reality TV show on OWN TV in 2011, and quickly became a hit.  And recently Sweetie Pie’s started spreading out with other locations, including two in LA, and one in Houston.

We didn’t find out about the one in Houston until we were leaving last month, so Jan was determined to eat at the one down in Inglewood, so today was the day.

We got to the restaurant about 11:30 and found a corner location with plenty of on-street parking.

Sweetie Pie's 1

Inside it was high ceilings, a bright, open interior

Sweetie Pie's 2

and a delicious-looking cafeteria line.

Sweetie Pie's 3

Sweetie Pie's 4

Jan and I both went with the Fried Chicken and three sides.

Sweetie Pie's 5

We both doubled up with the Green Beans and Miss Robbie’s fabled Mac N Cheese, while we differed with Jan getting the Cornbread Dressing and Gravy, while I got the Collard Greens.



Everything was delicious, the service was great, and everyone was friendly, patiently answering Jan’s many questions about the show and Miss Robbie and her extended family.

This was great Soul Food, and Miss Robbie’s Mac N Cheese is fabled for a good reason.

Leaving Sweetie Pie’s we headed north on La Brea for about 10 miles to Larchmont Village, a shopping area near Beverly Hills where Landis General Store supposedly stocked Beekman Boys soaps and lotions.

Well, they used to, but that was before the store was flooded and closed by a plumbing problem and hasn’t yet reopened. But she did find several other things she liked, and we got Starbuck’s Cinnamon Dolce Lattes so it wasn’t all bad.

Heading back to the rig, we got on the 101N this time, and had a smooth trip back up to Acton with no real slowdowns. And being back by 3pm we had time for a nap.

Getting back, Jan took this shot of the view from near our site.

Soledad Canyon Mtn

Until you’re actually out here, most people don’t realize how hilly the LA area actually is.



This day in history, April 26th, 2008, is the day we arrived in Fairbanks, AK during our 1st year on the road.

Leaving Tok that morning this is the view out the windshield.

Fairbanks Arrival 1

Jan said, “OMG we don’t have to drive OVER those, do we?”

Thankfully, No.

Two days after we got to Chena Marian RV Park in Fairbanks we had this.

Fairbanks Arrival 2

Fairbanks Arrival 3

And it was starting to snow again when we left on September 20th, five months later, chasing us all the way back to the US where we entered on Oct. 8th at Sweet Grass, MT. Jan said she wanted to get out and kiss the ground.

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And then two days, in Billings, MT, the snow again caught up with us.

2008 Billings Snow

2008 Billings Snow 2

Tomorrow we’re once again heading back to the Hollywood area to take the TMZ Celebrity Tour that originates from the Hard Rock Café located next to the TCL, nee Grauman, Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.


Thought for the Day:

“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.” ― Zsa Zsa Gabor

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