WANDERING WITH THE WRIGHTS
It has been 3 1/2 weeks since our last blog. Lot's to share.
|Christmas Day was spent with our dear friends Gary & Steph Vogel at their campsite in Coronado, CA right on the bay!|
|Gary's two sons and daughter-in-law were there and we had a fun day of eating and in the evening playing Mexican Train.|
If you remember we ate Thanksgiving outside and now we added Christmas dinner.
The Vogel's and us(not sure if that is proper English) left the very next morning to go to our campground to attend the Rose Parade. We went with a tour group and are so glad we did.
|Some of the supplies waiting to be used|
|Gary and Steph working on removing Silver Leaf from the stem, cutting one end to a point to look like the other end, applying flue and setting in the cardboard boxes to be put on the float.|
|Just a few of the many buckets of Silver Leaf - everything is marked so they know what float it was ordered for - |
seeing the float you worked on come down the parade route is really exciting.
|We were decorating 4 days before the parade so there were flowers everywhere.|
|Jerry ad I also worked on Silver Leaf|
|Fortunately they sent the younger people up on the scaffolding|
|Here is one of the bands volunteering|
|This is the artist's rendition of the AG float we worked on|
|This was on another float they were building. The piece is painted in the desired colors so the volunteers know just where to place the live vegetation.|
|Most items get glued on so there are container of glue everywhere|
|Teens hard at work|
|each kernel of corn glued on one at a time|
|Here is a volunteer actually putting the Silver Leaf on the silo for the AG float.|
|So much beauty and it all smelled so good|
|removing the small purple flowers from the stems|
|As long as it is natural most everything you can think of gets used.|
|I am not a fan of brussels sprouts but I love turtles - t|
his guy was eventually covered with brussels sprouts to get much his color
|The brussels sprouts|
|pumpkin seeds glued on one at a time|
|Cases upon cases of vials that the fresh flowers will be placed in at the last minute and then the vial stuck into styrofoam|
|It was particularly fun to be able to spend this adventure with Gary & Steph|
|When we arrived at Equifest they gave us these seat cushions and were happy to have them the day of the parade!!|
|Before we took our seats we saw this young cowboy|
|The start of Equifest - we had great seats|
|This was a really funny skit with the policemen hanging at a coffee shop|
After Equifest was over we were able to go and meet the riders and horses.
|The Clydesdale dog -|
|Such magnificent horses|
|Cute little therapy horses|
The next day was Bandfest where all of the bands perform.
It is held at Pasadena City College. There are 4 sessions over 2 days.
We were there for one morning session.
|This was the first time ever that a band from Africa Performed|
|The bands were amazing - it was easy to see why they were chosen to march in the parade|
|After Bandiest we went to the Ronald Reagan Library|
|Seal on the outside of Air Force One. George W. Bush was the last one to use this particular plane and it was moved to the Ronald Reagan library after it was decommissioned|
|Reagan's portrait in Jelly Belly's|
Also on display in the library was a Titanic exhibit
|This is a replica of what the ship looked like when located|
|The radioman sending out the mayday|
We were given Sunday off to rest up for our 4:45am departure the next day to the Rose Parade
|Some of the people who had spent the night in order to have a good view|
|Here we are, grateful for our seat cushions waiting for parade to start. Once again great seats. |
The tour company did a fantastic job
|Good Year blimp overhead taking pictures|
|The parade officially started when the Stealth Bomber flew over|
|This is "our" float that our Silver Leaf went on and it won the Wrigley Legacy Award for the most outstanding display of flora presentation, float design and entertainment.|
|This is the front of the AG float we worked on|
|More AG float|
|More AG float|
|Cranberries, seeds and flowers|
|His entire face is seeds|
|Note the onions|
|This float was worked on by another group when we were decorating|
|brussels sprouts on the turtle!!|
The next morning we headed to Yuma, AZ. Jerry and I had been in CA for 3 1/2 months.
Definitely time to move on and to a land with lower fuel prices.
|We drove past Palm Springs - think they have enough windmills?|
|Jerry and Steph got glasses and we all went to the dentist. Jerry's and my cleaning that runs $112 at home cost $35 each. Gary and Steph both got CAPS - not sure what they cost stateside but am sure they are more than the $250 they paid.|
|While in Yuma we toured a Date Farm called Martha's Gardens.|
|It was a very interesting tour.|
|While in Yuma some other dear friends of ours were in town, Nancy & Jeff Jeffries, so we all went out to dinner to celebrate my birthday -71 - where has the time gone? We had a lovely evening.|
I had mentioned in our last post about the terrible fires in Ventura County very near where we had been in California. It was the worst fire in CA history. It burned huge average of trees and brush. This is now the time for rain in CA and they are having terrible mudslides in the area where the fires were. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
Since we just finished our second calendar year (2 1/2 total) on the road here are some stats -
In the Jeep we traveled 10,044 miles
In the motorhome 7,167
We added Florida, North Carolina and Utah to states we hadn't visited before in the motorhome.
We had a wonderful 2017 in our coach. Had so many adventures and met and spent time with many wonderful people plus being home in Illinois for four months visiting family and friends. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity and good health to pursue our dreams. We feel very blessed and remember frequently to be thankful to our Lord for all of these blessings.
And no blog would be complete without a current picture of the best part of 2017 - the birth of our grandson Vincent
May all of you enjoy good health and many blessings in 2018 - hugs to all Carol & Jerry