THE PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE 2016

November 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Never disappointing, the 39th Annual Doo Dah is a flamboyant parade held in Pasadena every year on the east end of Colorado Blvd. The Doo Dah celebrates all that is wacky and wonderful about the community. A wide variety of talented acts were represented and welcomed, from a stilt-walking Prince, furries, a plethora of Tuttus, paper mache chicken heads, and a unicycling jester. Fan favorites like the Girl Scout, the baby tossing see saw, and the Blues Brothers were in attendance again this year, along with some much needed levity with the synchronized folding chair drill team and the whistling Diva. Tortillas were flying in support.- finishing minutes before the rain came down.

 

 

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8th Annual Hollywood Subway Zombie Walk

October 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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Salton Sea revisited

July 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

We decided to make a spontaneous trip to the Salton Sea, since it's pretty desolate and easily accessible during the summer months.
The first thing we noticed was that most of the natural and original building landmarks are gone and "No trespassing" signs were up in force, posted by IID- Imperial Irrigation District.  

There appeared to be some sort of Algae bloom in the lake inlets in a disturbing neon purple color. Very still, strange, and apocalyptic.


We took a side trip to Salvation Mountain, which is way more impressive than it appears in images. The creator, Leonard Knight, died a few years ago, and was wondering if the area had started to decline.

Even though the tempature was peaking at 108, we pushed on to Slab City and the East Jesus encampment.  During the winter, thousands of snowbirds flock to the area, but there are only 150 die-hard residents that call this barren desert home.  At the edge of town is a spectacular sculpture garden, which has recently been recognized as a museum.  Didn't see a soul, but can only imagine the characters that live there.

We headed back to the north shore point and despite the heat, flies, and the smell, we were rewarded with a perfect sunset, and an unexpected full moon rising, complete with an impressive display of pelicans and cranes. As the light faded, we were reminded why this area is so interesting.


 


A Trip To Portland

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Vista House @ Crown Point

  Pittock Mansion


A Day in the city

May 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment