I’m back in California! But this time it’s Southern California. It’s been a while since we’ve been back to see good friends, eat at favorite restaurants, visit old haunts, and hike local trails. We had a couple of days before Jeremy’s conference began. Because today (Monday) marks 18 years that we’ve been together here’s a sampling of the shenanigans we’ve been getting into for the past 48 hours.
a glorious sunrise from denver international airport
at the huntington: north vista lawn
in the rose hills foundation conservatory
a favorite of mine: horsetail plant (equisetum)
the grandeur of oak trees
I have always referred to The Huntington as The Huntington Gardens, but it is The Huntington Library. For me, it’s easy to get excited about the plants and overlook the art and library collections and exhibitions. After wandering the grounds and marveling at various plants, we popped by to see the “Beautiful Science” exhibit in the Library West Hall. It highlights astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light with original books from the Huntington’s collection – some as old as 400 years!
following the progression of astronomical ideas
galileo discusses earth-centered vs. sun-centered systems
my favorite was the light exhibit
james maxwell: the father of electromagnetism
old filament designs
We also visited the Long Beach Aquarium in which we spent the morning petting sharks and rays, watching sea otters and sea lions frolick, and marveling at colorful fishes and other sea critters.
jellies are so beautiful
little kid completely fascinated by the big tank of predators
more foofie frilly beautiful jellies
scratching his teeth on the glass (that’s what the marks are from)
i also love sea anemones
awesome little sea dragon
The weather was mercifully mild over the weekend although it began warming up today. Taking advantage of that cooler weather, we hiked into the Angeles National Forest – our former backyard.
the san gabriel mountains
a few flowers still in bloom
the shady parts of the trail
What a great way to work up an appetite! So far we’ve had Chinese, Thai, Sushi, and Vietnamese. I don’t actually know where a good Vietnamese restaurant is in So Cal. I only know of a great couple who make amazing Viet food. A White on Rice Couple, to be precise. I think they need to charge admission to their garden. It’s better than The Huntington!
chinese buddhist vegetarian food
thai: mee krob
thai: sizzling beef with spinach and cucumber
sushi: toro sashimi
sushi: hamachi sashimi
fresh veggies from the garden (okay, except the asparagus)
cooking our lunch *sizzle*
oh wow! all those persimmons on one tree!
and pomegranates?! this is truly paradise
And the added bonus was that we got to spend time with Sierra and Dante. Dante is a sweet boy, but he’s more interested in snacks. Sierra likes the attention and she is a huge goofball. Sierra is our pup away from home. We love her! We think Sierra and Kaweah would make a great pair of friends.
I promise a recipe in the next post. The schedule is just too jam-packed right now to keep up with it all, but I hope you enjoyed some of the photos. Happy 18 years, Jeremy! xo