Harvard won The Game 45 – 7! They kicked some butt!
Game day started with a delicious breakfast at The Riverwind Inn, where Mal and I spent Friday night.
The Riverwind Inn is the quintessential New England bed & breakfast. It’s located in quaint Deep River, Connecticut just outside Essex in the Connecticut River Valley. The original house was built in 1854 and has been operating as an inn since 1985.
The décor was absolutely stunning inside. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a house decorated so beautifully.
During out stay, the current owners, Elaine and Leo Klevens, provided us with a warm and welcoming experience. There were a few empty rooms at the Inn on Friday night, so they upgraded us to a nicer room without any additional charge.
Elaine and Leo also cooked us a fantastic full country breakfast this morning. We started with baked grapefruit, which was, oh, so delicious. I actually loved it so much, I asked Elaine how she made it—it’s so simple! Just section half of a grapefruit, sprinkle brown sugar and drizzle maple syrup on top, and then bake for 30 minutes on 300*F.
The main course was scrambled eggs with spinach and Parmesan cheese, sausage, and a pumpkin spice muffins. All of it tasted amazing. My stomach left the Inn very happy.
After breakfast, Mal and I met the crew to carpool to New Haven for the game. We arrived at the Yale Bowl a little after 10:00 for some epic tailgating.
Those Harvard folks really know how to plan a tailgate!
Everyone arrived with picnic baskets, boxes, and large Tupperware containers full of food, plates, utensils, napkins, cups, condiments, wine glasses, corkscrews, and just about anything else you’d ever need for a tailgate.
There was also a lot of wine.
And a variety of grillables.
Rumor has it that some bulldog was grilled up!
It was an awesome tailgate– one of the best I have ever attended.
Family pic: my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and me!
M & T!
After a couple of hours of tailgating, it was time to head into the Yale Bowl for the game.
The game was really exciting at first. Yale scored shortly after kickoff and Harvard made a comeback.
However, by the start of the fourth quarter, Harvard had taken a 30 point lead, so the game started to lose a little bit of its excitement. The Crimson was crushing the Bulldogs.
We ended up leaving the game a little early to try to beat the traffic home. We missed another Harvard touchdown, but we already knew who won.
After today, I am exhausted. I’m off to faceplant into bed. Good night!
A woman from Massachusetts was struck and killed by a UHaul truck at the tailgate before this game. I was unaware of the incident until half time when the Yale community paused for a moment of silence for the deceased. It’s a tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families as well as anyone else affected by this terrible accident. Life is short. Cherish each day and tell those you love just how much you care about them.