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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Day 20  

The Ramona Bowl pageant is the largest outdoor play in California -- been here since 1923. It's Hemet's claim to fame -- the bowl is up on the hill -- about 5000 attend the event each year -- bogs the streets a little, and guaranteed to be the preview of the coming heat. It's in May, but it always seems hot.

In fact when I was 10 or 11 my mom brought us to see the play. I can remember it vaguely, but mostly I remember I'd never felt anything as hot in my life as the weather that day. Little did I know that forty years later, it would be my home.

This morning driving to work I was thinking about Iris's blog -- it's so cool that every day she shows us different gorgeous views and I was lamenting to myself how boring Hemet was. It's flat -- it's hot -- it way too overbuilt in some areas, and lots of cows in the other areas. Boring.

And then I thought -- I'm early for work, what could I take a photo of for the blog tonight --- I know!!! I'll drive up to the Bowl and take some photos. Can't get into the bowl -- it's a big ampitheatre with the seats carved out of the hill itself. (www.ramonabowl.com) but it has great views. At least I think so:








The homes around the Bowl are among the most expensive in Hemet -- I doubt they like the few weeks the play is on, but the rest of the year -- they have quite a few.

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5 comments: to “ Day 20

  • Islipian
    August 22, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

    "I was lamenting to myself how boring Hemet was." I thought the same about Islip, until I started my blog and REALLY set out daily to find something pretty or unusual or interesting...it's too bad most times we get too busy to really LOOK around us and see what there is to see...

  • Iris
    August 24, 2008 at 12:44 PM  

    Love the views Jacki - very 'desert' looking.

  • Carole and Chewy
    August 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM  

    I can't imagine living in a desert but there's actually a lot more green there than I thought there would be. It always makes me think settlers and Conestoga wagons are going to pop out any minute, sortof like the Twilight Zone when the settler goes over a ridge and finds the 20th century.

  • 365DAYSINHEMETVALLEY
    August 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM  

    Sorta how I feel here too -- I look out the back gate and there are horses being ridden by Mexican cowboys dressed in all kinds of sparkly costumes (practising for the rodeo), then there are goats being raised for food next door, and tons of horses, hogs, donkeys all around us. Then a minute later the quiet is broken by the roar of ATV's all shiny and chromed up being ridden on the dirt out behind us. They all seem to get along out there, for now. But it is quite a contrast some days.