|December 31, 2011 - Another great early morning walk from our hotel to Doheny State Beach, |
next door to Dana Point Harbor.
|At noon we boarded the Dana Pride for a whale-watching trip. Despite it being mid-day and sunny |
when we left the harbor, we moved in and out of fog banks during the trip off the coast.
|Grey whales migrate this time of year from Alaska down to Mexico and the ship's captain knew |
exactly where to find them. This large beauty popped up out of the fog a 100 yards or so from
|The parade floats are bigger and grander than TV or this picture even gives them credit for. There were |
44 floats in total at this year's parade, a score of marching bands and a dozen or so equestrian teams.
|This year's parade theme was "Just Imagine" which is just what we did with this memorable visit to see|
this iconic event live and in person.
|Amazingly, for only $10 extra we were able to go see all the floats after the parade up close and personal.|
The detail and painstaking design of these floats is simply amazing. We were told every flower is put in
by hand by volunteers on each float.
|The real stars of the show.|
|Another cool aspect to the Rose Parade is that while roses are the main things used for decoration, |
many other types of flowers and other organic matter are implemented as well including as seen above,
apples, oranges, beans, berries, etc.