Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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Four Corners

Today we visited 4 states at once.

I was able to stand in each state at the same time. We shopped in all four states; a different state was represented on each side of the monument. This was very different from when we were here in 2005.

New Year’s Eve 2017

Since we are wintering over in Oriental, we decided to watch the “Dragon Run” to bring in the “Year of the Dog”. I am sorry to say that we didn’t go out to see the “Croaker” drop. (Instead of the “Ball drop” they do a “Croaker” drop to celebrate the New Year.)

Drummers providing the beat.
Drummers providing the beat.

These drummers provided the background beat for everyone who brought pots and pans as noise makers. According to Chinese legends the dragon comes to the village in mid-winter to eat the children but loud noise can scare him off; so lots of people brought pots and noise makers to scare the dragon off.

Touching the dragon.
Luck in the new year?

The Oriental tradition of touching the Dragon brings luck in the new year.

Dragon Mask
Dragon Mask
Dragon Hat
Dragon Hat
Dragon Kite
Dragon Kite

Some of crowd came dragon prepared.

The Young Dragon
The Young Dragon

Lo and behold there was a second dragon last night. This one looked like a young dragon that snaked thru the crowd looking for young children to eat.

Whole young dragon.
Whole young dragon.

He was moving around so quickly; it was hard to take a good picture.

The Croaker ready to fall
The Croaker ready to fall

At midnight the Croaker will drop as Oriental ushers in the new year.

Early New Year's Kiss
Early New Year’s Kiss

Of course, no sight-seeing trip is complete without a selfie. It was a cold night but full of laughter and good wishes by all.