queen mary highland games

February 18th and 19th was spent in Long Beach at the Queen Mary Highland Games. What are the Highland Games? Here in California they are celebrated with mens and womens heavy athletics, attendance of clans, bagpipers, scottish food and drink, much shopping, new friends and laughter. And in my case, a sunburn.
This particular gathering was on the gounds of the famous Queen Mary oceanliner. I had never seen a cruise ship up close and personal before. She is magnificent!

We visited every booth and vendor at least 4 times. This adventure was shared with two of our dearest friends, which made it all the more fun. While the festival itself was wonderful, I think we had more fun on board ship, where we stayed the night.
Around 8pm we headed to the Observation Bar, where we spent an obscene amount of money an drinks, enjoyed the live music and had a bit of show as the place filled up with 1940's era reenactors who had migrated over from a Liberty Ship that is also an inport museum. It was like stepping back in time! Unfortunately, I only got one sort of blurry picture, didn't want to offend anyone by taking photos or blind anyone with a flash:
After our copious alcohol cunsumption, the silliness ensued:One of my favorite photos from the whole trip:My other favorite shots:

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