I joined my parents for another trip to Huntington. My Dad was attending the Succulent symposium, while my Mom and I would just browse the gardens. We did return to the conference to meet one of the Guest speakers and his wife as they were visiting from Lesotho! Dad wore his Basotho hat for the occasion.
The drive down was uneventful though google’s directions did manage to take us on a route we hadn’t tried before. It was a lovely day to stroll around and check out the gardens.
Mom and I had lunch at the Chinese garden where the food was excellent as always and the ambiance is hard to beat.
Check out the rest of the pictures at: https://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Los-Angeles-/Huntington-Gardens-2018/
My cousin Angela got married this year and I agreed to do the photography if I was still in town so here’s some more wedding pictures.
Earlier this year my parents invited me to go along with them on a trip to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Joshua tree. We stopped in Boron on the way and checked out the 20 Mule team Museum which was bigger then I expected. It really was a nice break in the drive and worth a visit.
It was pretty warm out and as we continued on our way, you could tellwe were in the desert, even the coyote looked hot and thirsty.
The next day we headed out to the park to do some sight seeing. There were quite a few climbers taking advantage of the cooler morning to try out their climbing skills.
There was plenty of interesting plants and critters to check out as I hiked along some of the trails that wove in between the rock outcrops.
We also stopped off at the ever popular skull rock
We continued on through the park and stopped at the Observatory and nature center. They had an interesting display showing relative scales of the solar system and a nice collection of cactus and other desert plants.
Our final stop before heading into town was the Mara Oasis https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/historyculture/mara.htm
Back at my Aunt and Uncles house we went out back in the evening to take a couple pictures of the Joshua trees in their yard.
It was a great trip and a nice time catching up with family. The time to head home came all to soon.
When looking for a way to escape the weather in the central valley we have two choices the mountains or the coast since the mountains have a tendency to be covered in white stuff in winter my parents and I opted for a drive to the coast. The two main routes towards the coast from Bakersfield are the I5 (referred to as the grapevine) which goes South to L.A or hwy58 which goes west towards Morro bay. Since we weren’t in a hurry though we chose another rout and took the 166 through Cuyama. This is a slow route but is scenic and avoids some of the more extreme elevation changes the other routes go through. We’d picked a beautiful day and the sun was out while plenty of people enjoyed the ocean. There were plenty of flowers in bloom and the birds were singing.
We passed by the Monarch Butterfly grove but since it was crowded and we’d been their previously we didn’t stop though we did admire the clouds of butterflies as we went by. We stopped at Dinosaur park so I could capture a few Ingress portals while we enjoyed the scenery.
The park has an interesting history of being the location of one of the largest sea caves in California, as well as the site where someone attempted to build a life size brontosaurus. Unfortunately the cave collapsed and the brontosaur was never completed. There is a very nice park there now and we enjoyed walking through it.
Eventually we moved on had some lunch then found access to a nice cove to do a little tide pooling.
It was a pleasant day and while the drive home was long it was worth it.
Traveling in Nevada
My apologies for the lack of posts as late. My excuse as before is I’ve been busy with coursework as I near the completion of my degree. Hopefully the hard parts are over and I’ll have a little more time to post before I begin job seeking in earnest. Meanwhile I’m completing some posts from last year. Leaving the NSS convention in ELY we planned on driving over to Henderson Nevada and seeing Hoover dam. I however messed up the hotel reservations so instead we headed South to Needles, California which gave us an opportunity to see southern Nevada.
The landscape here was definitely more arid then the previous part of our journey and afforded some great cactus sighting as we traveled along.
We stopped at the Ludlow Cafe for lunch the next day.
and I spotted a film crew hard at work on an indie film “Thrasher Road”
Then it was back on the long road back to Bakersfield.