Wednesday of last week my plan was to have lunch with my mother at her assisted living home in Culver City and run some errands for her. When I arrived I was greeted at the elevator by the activities coordinator. “Change of plans,” she told me. “We’re going to see the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena. Do you want to come?”
“Yes, yes, yes and yes.” So I flew up the stairs, woke up my mother, told her she had five minutes to get dressed and we were out the door and on the bus. I have to say, my mom was a really good sport about the whole thing as she really didn’t have a clue where we were going or what we were doing. But a little bit of mystery is good for everybody’s life.
I’ve been to the Rose Parade a couple of times too many years ago to admit to. And in the 1990s I was thrilled to be working on the Star Trek float for Nestle USA. I referred to what turned out to be a less than thrilling experience in a previous blog post.
Fortunately, on that Wednesday, even though I was not expecting to go anywhere exciting, I happened to have my trusty point & shoot camera with me. From now on my motto is never leave home without it…
By the time we got out to Pasadena we were all starving. Our driver recommended a Mexican/Yucatan restaurant. El Portal on E. Green St. All I have to say is just go there. The best Mexican food I ever remember eating and that is saying something living in a city infested with Mexican restaurants.
But we had to move on to the 2013 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Post Parade… A Showcase of Floats. I don’t think any of us realized how huge the exhibit area was. We had several people on walkers and canes along with the wheelchairs. The wheelchairs weren’t a problem. But our walking people soon got tired.
I managed to take a few pictures pushing my mother’s wheelchair with one hand and clicking my camera with the other. It was actually a good thing I didn’t have my big DSLR as that is definitely a two-hand production.
Just remember when looking at these photos, everything that is visible on the floats has to be made out of some kind of plant life. You may think you are looking at a rock or fur or silk but it is all petals or seeds or leaves or something similar.
Next year I would really like to go see the floats without the walkers and wheelchairs and get some good photos. But who knows, with all the millions of things I do, if I will remember by then?
Of course, this very adoptable and adorable kitty had to be my favorite!
(Photos copyright roslyn m wilkins)