John & Anne Wiley

2012/08/05

Viva

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 10:57

SB is a little crazy this week with the Fiesta Parade and all the associated events around town. So we had a quiet picnic with a dear friend at one of her favorite spots.

0186 Ellings Park

0186 Elings Park

There are views in pretty much every direction from various places in this grove atop Elings Park, and just to the right of the one above is a good look at this manse.

0187 Eyelash Hill

0187 Eyelash Hill

We call it Eyelash Hill because the line of palm trees along the hill crest driveway to the right, looks like eyelashes from our part of town. After lunch we drove into town and a similarly striking view of the mountains was garnished with an Old Spanish Days (aka Fiesta) banner.

0226 Fiesta State

0226 Fiesta State

Fiesta could be described as a state of mind, and as you can see on some grumpy Edhat comments some residents don’t like it. We like some of it, and cruised State Street to soak up some of the colorful throngs that include many visitors buying balloon hats and confetti-filled eggs (cascarones) used to decorate the uninitiated.

0218 Tourist Fun

0218 Tourist Fun

Around town during this week of events sometimes people will smile and say, “Viva la Fiesta!” When we first moved here, one of our first new friends told us locals call it the Realtor’s Parade. On her advice we avoided it for a few years. Then on a whim we checked out the parade, and wow. Some really great horses and riders, and lots of family fun. Like us, some people come just to take in the lively scene.

0212 Observers

0212 Observers

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