Jordan's King Abdullah visits California foothills

Posted Jul 12, 2010 by Gar Swaffar
The King of Jordan and his son Crown Prince Hussein bin Al Abdullah were visitors in Jamestown, California this past weekend.
King Abdullah II of Jordan
King Abdullah II of Jordan
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King Abdullah II rode into Jamestown on a Harley Davidson motorcycle (not a look alike) last Saturday on his second rolling tour of California.
This reporter was in Jamestown and saw the odd bit of commotion but apparently didn't have his "Reporters Mindset" fully tuned in, and drove away without finding out what the business was all about.
The King stopped for lunch at one of the local eateries for lunch and had the veal piccata (sans capers) The National Hotel is one of our better kept secrets in the Mother Lode with an excellent and varied menu.
This is King Abdullah's second tour through California and was kept secret as was his first tour two years ago.
The Crown Prince opted for a Ford Mustang, undoubtedly with the air conditioning cranked up to maximum since it was rather warm over the weekend, near 100 F.
Nearly two dozen security personnel accompanied the King and Crown Prince on their tour of the Mother Lode.
As reported i the n My Mother Lode website, the Kings visit was preceded last Tuesday by a visit from a group checking out the area and arranging for the visit by an "unknown" group including an interior and exterior security force.
"During most of the lunch service, we still didn't realize it was the King of Jordan," says (owner) Parkhurst. "We knew they were important people and associated with the Royal Court of Jordan, but it wasn't until the end that we learned that we had the King of Jordan on our patio, and his son, the Crown Prince."