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Pics from La Casita del Arroyo

Aug 3, 2014
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IMG_3665It’s rounding toward 6 o’clock on a Friday afternoon, the mugginess of the day revealed by my shirt sticking to my skin in various places, too many places, almost to the point of making movement restricted. A feeling of continuous moistness on my skin, the feeling of sweat and a day’s amount of dirt clinging to my forearms, the insides of my elbows, the back of my neck. I’m desperate for a shower. My general discomfort as the result of a hot and humid day that folks east of us would just laugh at—has also produced an elevated level of crankiness, so when I see the gates of La Casita del Arroyo locked after I’d just been online and read that it was open from dawn to dusk, I have to consciously stop my jaw from clenching. But I see two cars parked in front of the locked gate, so I park on a side street, then walk across and see they’ve circumnavigated the gate by walking along a side path.

And from there, I am enchanted.

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It was difficult to turn away from the dramatic, yet calming, colors of afternoon light on the Arroyo and the bridge, but I yanked myself away and walked around to the other side of La Casita and found steps leading to the back of the house…

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Photo credit: © 2014 Karol Franks

Photo credit: © 2014 Karol Franks

Thank you to Karol Franks for the image above and for capturing the ribbon-cutting moment at the reopening of La Casita del Arroyo event last week…

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Photo credit: © 2014 Karol Franks

(L to R): Adam Clark, Pasadena City Council Member Steve Madison, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, La Casita Foundation President Tom Seifert, and Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck.




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