With me being mormon and Kevin being catholic, each of our views on how we spend our Sunday afternoons (after church) are a little bit different. Trying to compromise we often will go on family walks. So a few weeks ago we took a walk downtown to see the floats from the Rose Parade and then over to Forest Park. We like Forest Park because it literally is a giant forest (over 5,000 acres)--within the city. The kid-friendly trail follows along a creek with tall trees and lush greenery, salmon-berries too if one gets a little hungry :). And an old "castle" a mile in makes a great destination spot as well as motivator for the kids. Below are a few pictures from our Sunday family day.
Walking over the Hawthorne Bridge. I took this picture as we had to wait for the drawbridge to go up and a boat to pass underneath.
The details were amazing on all the floats. I had never seen them so up close before. Apparently they have to be decorated with all organic/natural materials. Besides being beautifully decorated with beautiful flowers and plants, there were feathers, fruit, vegetables, corn stalks, seeds and bark. But the main coverage material?. . . . . . rice! They must have used hundreds of pounds of rice to decorate these floats. Truly spectacular.
Up next: visits from my brother Jesse and sister Deirdre