Saturday promised to be a day full of sunshine, something that hasn’t happened here for, well, 21 days straight actually. We have been pounded by rain lately, and when the weather station said that it was going to be NOT RAINING we decided to take full of advantage. So we made plans to meet my Mom and sister downtown at the waterfront, and do a tour of the Navy ships that come to town each year for the Rose Festival. Armed with a coffee and an elephant ear, thanks to Saturday Market, we got in line to put our names on the list. After about 45 minutes we were at the front and handed the nice young man our photo ID’s. Then we took our place in another line to wait for the actual tour. I think we ended up waiting in that line for a little over an hour. When it was finally our turn, and we were amongst a group of 20 eager tourists, a female Navy officer informed us that it would be “worth the wait”. And she wasn’t kidding! I loved how the sailors would stop and salute as they boarded each ship. We saw huge guns and where they keep their missiles that can travel up to 80 miles. They took us up where the ship is steered, and I was amazed at how SMALL the steering wheel was! I think it was the same size as our Mario Kart wheel for the Wii. They showed us the bell that is very old and told us how you can have your baby baptised in it. They will take it off, fill it with water, have the Priest bless it and then dunk your baby. Then, they engrave the child’s name and the date on the inside. I turned around to suggest this to the woman behind me who had a baby in her arms. but I doubted there was a Priest nearby so instead I just smiled.
We had a great time, and the weather was amazing! If you get down to the Rose Festival next year, I suggest you tour the ships. It was definitely worth the wait.
Then that evening, since the weather was still awesome, we decided to brave the crowd and go see the Starlight Parade. It had been a long day so we didn’t make it through the whole thing, but we were there until almost 10pm. I think I most enjoyed the participants of the Starlight Run that happens before the parade, along the parade route, where people are encouraged to dress in costume. We saw a banana, a sasquatch, Mario & Luigi, hula dancers, Ronald McDonald and the Burger King, women in prom dresses & pearls and a lot of tutu’s and peacock feathers. I think next year we might have to join in the fun! Maybe.
Here are some pictures from our day!
And then on to the parade…