The major event of the morning was having a service pump our black and gray water tanks.
Shortly after lunch, we took a bus to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
It is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington, a railroad magnet who played a large role in the late 19th and early 20th century development of Southern California.
In addition to the library with its collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature (one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States) … the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. There are a number of very famous pieces we were aware of
as well as others we’d never heard of, such as …
There were also many sculptures, both inside and on the grounds
The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical gardens, most notably the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden, Desert Garden and Conservatory. Unfortunately, time only permitted us to see the first three.
The gardens have been frequently used as a filming location for movies (including; Mame, Midway, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Indecent Proposal, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Planner, Memoirs of a Geisha and GI Joe – The Rise of the Cobra) and television shows (CSI Miami).
This evening the Rally staff put on a really nice New Year’s Eve party for our group. The food was great, wine and other beverages complimentary, the live Dixieland band music enjoyable … and new friends terrific!
As part of the celebrations, there was a Crazy Hat contest. Our creations were upside-down bowls decorated with roses and topped with an RV ornament.