This winter's trip to California left me with no time to write even a word. Our days were so busy with visits to so many interesting places. By the time we returned to our home on wheels and I made the dinner it was all I could do to crawl into bed. I have my photographic record but the most I can do now is make a quick record of where our travels took us and add a few photos of my favorite memories. Here goes.
The day after our trip to the Huntington, (see earlier post of this fabulous garden) we drove down into LA to visit the La Brea Tar Pits.
Not a garden you would have wanted to walk into thousands of years ago. Still pools of water, where animals went to drink, turned out to be a deadly trap. Underneath that still surface was a thick viscous tar from which there was no escape.
The next day we visited Descanso Gardens, former home and gardens of E. Manchester Boddy. Cool and shady walks among camellias.
In the afternoon we enjoyed the California native plants growing in the 86 acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, in Claremont. We fell in love with the Manzanitas which were in full bloom.
The smooth burgundy colored bark of the Manzanita tree.
The following day was the big game day, so with only a morning free we hiked nearby in the San Bernadino Mountains.
Where bees were enjoying the blossoms on the wild gooseberry bushes.
Friday morning - cycled from Santa Monica to Venice Beach.
Arrived at the Getty Villa in Malibu for our 1:30 pm time slot.
After which we enjoyed the sunset at Malibu.
Saturday we drove down to our old haunt in Laguna Beach. We had the good fortune to live in SoCal in the 80s. It is always wonderful to walk along the beach.
Sunday was moving day. On down to San Diego and arrive just in time to see the seals (pupping season) at La Jolla.
We spent Monday morning in Balboa Park and the afternoon in Old Town San Diego.
On Tuesday, on our way to visit and spend a couple of days with friends, we enjoyed a morning at the Quail Botanic Gardens.
Our friends who live in the hills above Fallbrook are growing Cherimoyas.
While Texas experienced the coldest spell of weather in years we have been fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather every day for the last two weeks, but now the rain is chasing us home along
I 10. We have seen some beautiful gardens but I am looking forward to home and my own garden-and I'm bringing back a few of those gorgeous succulents.