holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Tournament of Roses: a few more

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: a few more

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holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Something I take for granted living in Southern California is how close  we are to many events. This morning was the 130th Tournament of Roses lovingly called the Rose Parade. The theme this year was The Melody of Life, in celebration of the music in our lives and was a beautiful and multicultural experience. There… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Another fun hike… and easy camping

    About two weeks ago, a small brush fire at Eaton Canyon disrupted our usual Monday night hike up to Henninger Flats with our Boy Scout troop. Fortunately, our awesome L.A. County and Pasadena firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the wind-fueled fire before it got more than about an acre. The bad news… Continue reading Another fun hike… and easy camping

Museums, photography, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

The Huntington Library: a photographer’s dream

One of my favorite day hangouts is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, California. It's a bit over a mile from where I live, and relatively quiet most weekdays. It's perfect for a morning walk or to entertain the kids on no school days. It is also a great place for… Continue reading The Huntington Library: a photographer’s dream

Kids, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Sunny days at the beach

It's Labor Day today, and we're finishing up what was a busy three-day weekend.  Today has a bit of a slower pace.  The husband is back at work since we didn't make any big plans for the holiday, so it's just the kids and me.  Our plan is to join the throngs of people headed… Continue reading Sunny days at the beach