Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rose Bowl parade, Pasadena

We battled the LA traffic and spent 5 days in Glendale and Pasadena, CA. Traveling together with the Poutneys and Chuck and Jan Moore, we parked at the Glendale Adventist hospital for two nights while we worked on the Rose Bowl Floats. It was pretty tight parking in a parking lot with lots of cars. Working on the floats was fun even though it was hard work and the pavilion was cold. We worked on the Shriners and the City of Glendale floats for 3 days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We glued groundup flowers on both floats and stuck roses on the Shriners float.On Saturday morning we moved the rigs early in the morning to one block off the parade route. The streets were already getting crowded with RVs. Monday morning we staked out our area at 6am and most of us stayed with our chairs throughout the day even though it was very cold all day.There was lots of entertainment with old cars cruising Colorado Blvd. We put our chairs into the street at 11pm. Thank goodness Ron setup his fire in a can. Some of our group got a little bit of sleep. The parade started for us around 9 and lasted 2 1/2 hours. We had great seats and the parade was awesome. Besides floats there were fabulous costumes, lively bands, beautiful horses, and the Stealth Bomber.

Joshua Tree National Park

I have decided to start blogging again after over a year. Last year we did a RV trip in the winter and summer and I didn't write anything. Maybe I will do a catch up blog. We are at Joshua tree National Park with good friends, Ron and Bernita. We did some hiking in the park and in the Painted Canyon near Mecca,CA. We spent Christmas Eve having a wonderful dinner in the Poutney's rig and moved on Christmas day to Beaumont Elks.