Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Flower Fields, 4/24/22, Ole


It was a perfect day to visit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. Rae lives in Irvine, so I drove down to meet her and she drove us down to this place which is before San Diego.

If you take the tractor, your hand will be stamped with a tractor. It was $6.00 to ride it.

It was fun seeing this Weiner mobile making its way back from the fields.

I used my camera for these close ups.

For $5.00, you can pick blueberries.

Rae has a beautiful garden. She gifted me this pot which she put together succulents.


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It is so much fun watching him do more and hearing him "baby talk".

I did 2 posts today, the other one is called Techachipi

Tehachapi, 4/17-19/22


Off to Tehachapi, this my second long drive. 
My first one was to Solvang about the same distance. The expected 3 hours was down to to less than 2 hours because it was a Sunday. I am fortunate that my college roommate had time for me to come and spend 2 nights with her. My son, daughter-in-law and grandson left on Friday for 5 days to be with friends in San Diego.

Since today was also Easter Sunday, many places were closed. Thank goodness this place was open. 

I like to know the history of places.  Luckily this was outside of the building that had a historic home inside but was closed because of Easter Sunday.

This was a wall art with history.

Tehachapi is known for its train that usually consists of 50 freight cars.

The loop was created so that this long train could get to the area it needs to go and avoid a steep incline.

We found one of the entrances to the Pacific Crest Trail which runs from Mexico to Canada.

I learned a lot about Cesar Chavez .

Had lunch here.

Vicki knows I like flat trails, so this one was a good hike.

It was fun waiting for this coocoo clock to open at Kohnen's German Country Bakery.

My last day

I loved seeing this little school house which is used for get togethers.

Good bye Tehachapi.

Thank you so much Vicki, a perfect host. I also enjoyed being in the country, a much needed vacation.

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Arboretum, 4/10/22


I am so fortunate to be in the mainland, there are so many places to visit. My friend Maria suggested The Arboretum It was in Arcadia, 18 miles northeast from me. 

I asked where The Cresent Farm was because of the poppies. As I walked along this path, I noticed that there was a peacock lane. The Arboretum protects peacocks from having to dodge people if they happen to be on the pathways. Peacocks can get vicious if you are too close to them - there are signs warning us to stay 10 feet away from them. 

This peacock enjoyed the attention it was getting 

He was up there for a long time. Most people had already left. 

There were many peacocks both male and female. The male ones were definitely showing off their feathers with their dance and mating calls.

This is a 127 acre botanical garden. There is a little lake where ducks were hanging out. It actually sounded like I was at the zoo, the ducks are loud like gibbons. Even when they flew across, they were quacking.

I saw some photographers with large lens. Luckily, I am not shy. I found out that they enjoy photographing birds. They got amazing photos of humming birds, other fowls as well as flowers. They have a good eye. Humming birds are extremely challenging, they move so quickly. One of the guys showed me his photo of these beautiful whitish poppies. He had to give me specific instructions as to where to find them because I could not find them.

They were basically across

and on the same side as the waterfalls.

They also suggested I check out the rose garden.

It was such a fun day. I think there were 2 or 3 ladies getting photographed. I saw her, another one in blue and one in green.

This is bottlebrush tree.

I did not give this place justice. It is a huge botanical garden.