Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rose Mania, June 10th and 11th

James and I shared a fantastic day with friends Leslie and Jeremy at the Rose Parade yesterday! We walked the bridge that arched over the waters containing huge, impressive military vessels on display for this special occasion! We then took our spots on the curb, beside fellow parade-ooglers and with shaved ice and yakisoba in hand, awaited a spectacular stream of marching bands, floats, and performers! We enjoyed the sounds of bagpipes, soulful vocalists, and bright shining instruments. We watched with astonishment as acrobats hung from bars and swings on moving floats. We "oohed" and "aahed" at the two motorcyclists encircling the inside of a woven metal orb. Following this rather lengthy parade, was our tour of Saturday Market! Such a variety of crafts, jewelry and more for sale by the artists themselves! I would have liked to have gone home with a bunch of loot, but we'll have to wait until next time to get James' yard art and my glass bead necklace! Today, James and I continued our pursuit of the roses with a trip to the famous Rose Garden! Surrounded by lots of foreign tourists, we zoomed in on some of the most impressive buds and hope you like our pictures!

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