Oh to hit the open road… I’m all too pleased to have been able to escape my daily life and have a much needed vacation. While most of my friends have been buying tickets to psychedelic music fests, I took a different direction and headed south to see some beaches and botanicals. It’s been a hard season to make this trip a reality but it’s all worth the effort now. With a full time job, a garden and a greenhouse my life has become entirely too routine, it was time for something a little different. One thing is for sure, I tossed my plans into the wind and took to the road with as little solid plans as possible.
To make things a bit more fail safe I got my car tuned up and bought a new set of performance tires. Might I comment that the west coast of the USA has some of the most amazing highways I’ve ever seen in my life. I started my trip at Port Angeles, Washington and traveled the 101 all the way to Los Angeles, California. As I pulled into Vancouver today my odometer read 5400km (3355miles) round trip, and what a trip it was. Being raised in a northern climate I really enjoyed visiting California and seeing all the plants that we prize up here growing in ditches down there. Bougainvillea, aloes, castor beans, agaves and echiums seemed to grow without any effort whatsoever, to the point people barely seemed to notice them. The heat cooked you from the inside out and air conditioned Star Bucks seemed to have a permanent residence of cool seeking coffee drinkers.
The highlight and main destination of my journey was the Huntington Library and Botanical Garden, in which I spent two separate afternoons lost in the rolling fields of cacti. I dare you to find a more impressive display of exotic plants, a place in which words or photographs would do it little justice. Let me just say if you have an interest in cacti & succulents you’ve got to add this one to your bucket list, it’s a thing of true beauty.
Today I feel a bit more human, a lot more relaxed and most certainly better traveled. I didnt get to see everything I wanted to see, but I did see a lot. Truth be told I might have skipped a couple things on purpose as to give me another excuse to head down there in the future. The trip isn’t quite finished yet, but it’s definetly on the tail end. In the coming month I hope to do posts on much of my travels, I have no shortage of photos to work with.
Until then, thanks for stopping by.
The misty point of Cape Blanco, Oregon. Why did I venture out to this obscure west coast park you ask? Well we all know sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’, I had to know if the place was covered in it. I know, I know, plant geek.
While driving down the coast of Southern California we had to look twice to make sure we weren’t going crazy. These Zebras are the remains of what was once one of the world’s largest private zoos. The Zebras of Hearst Castle.