Walking across our zocalo, this young woman seems headed to the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Heritage Day that took place in and out of the Pico House. Just across the way folks at LA Plaza were preparing for Dolores Huerta's birthday party and Los Califonianos were finishing their annual meeting at the Paseo Inn on Olvera Street. Lots, lots, lots going on.
If this young woman had turned a little to the left she would have met up with historical re-enactor Lou Lopez. He is a member, and I think co-founder, of the Western Educators, Shooters & Troopers.
I found myself spending a good deal of time at the Pio Pico table. Seemed fitting since we were in the Pico House - very different from the "ranchito" in Pico Rivera. Tremendously different building styles; bucolic vs. urban. The rancho has apiary and orno, the Pico House is not only three stories tall, but is a treasure of bricks and wrought iron.
Like fine cuisine, or great art, if you don't get a chance to experience it you'll likely not learn to appreciate it. Living history presented by those that have a passion for it is one of the best ways to develop your historical palate.