On Thursday night last week my family & I drove to Arcadia. It's a small town near Pasadena, where the Rose Bowl & the Rose Parade are held. The Los Angeles Arboretum is in Arcadia & this year they turned the arboretum into an enchanted (& enchanting) Moonlight Forest. I was in awe from the beginning to the end.
We went under this arch in the parking lot to get to the entrance. It was about 40' tall:
This is one of the fish on this display:
From a very short distance & from far it looked like stained glass.
When you got closer you could see that it was 3 dimensional.
It was made of cloth stretched over an armature with lights inside.
I could have happily looked at this all night but there was much more to see.
There were China's terra cotta soldiers:
Many, many animals & birds:
There was a sea turtle:
And even insects:
My favorite was this 40' peacock:
This is us in front of the peacock.
From left to right, we are:
Alisha (Sophia's friend), Blake, Sophia (Sandy's daughter), Sandy, Matt (half hidden), Linda
& the lovely svelte young creature in the wheelchair is me:
There were tunnels to walk through
with octopuses & sharks breaking their way through:
There was a huge & magnificent dragon:
Here's Matt admiring a fish:
And stealing a kiss from another one:
There were jelly fish:
And too many flowers to count:
You could even try on angel wings:
The only bad part of the evening was getting there in Los Angeles rush hour traffic. The Arboretum is 36 miles from my house. It took us exactly 2 hours to get there & 40 minutes to drive home. But as you can see from the pictures, it was worth it!!
I couldn't find cartoons about the Arboretum, so here are some traffic cartoons: