With our busy schedules, my husband and I can't get away on weekends even though we feel like we need to very badly. We have to run errands, clean the house and do other chores. When we have a couple hours to ourselves after all these tasks are done, we run away to the many parks near our home. After an hour or so, we find ourselves energized. Just like a trip away from home. And much, much cheaper.
Tilden Park was the park of choice that weekend. I like the road climbing up the hill. This park is very popular with bikers.
He parked on the side and wanted to take this path, but this was fenced in and has a NO TRESPASSING sign. He wanted us to jump the fence but I convinced him no :)
WE stopped again by the roadside where we can sneak a peek at San Pablo Dam/Reservoir. We wanted to see whether all the rain we had this winter has raised the water level. It looked like it did, and the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada hasn't melted yet.
WE drove and drove some more and found ourselves near the Botanic Garden. The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of California native plants, including rare and endangered species.
The Botanic Garden is free of charge. It had been years and years since I last came here, not the park, but this section of the park. So I was pleased to see that nothing had changed.
We walked and walked.
I am partial to the redwoods section of the garden.
It was too early in the season, but I managed to capture a few of the early bloomers.
Then there was a booming announcement overhead that can be heard all the way in the back where we were when the announcement came on. It said the garden is closing so we have to hurry back to the front.
And so we went back on the road - not ready to go home yet.
We found ourselves stopping at Lake Anza, where during the summertime the lake is teeming with swimmers.
While he contemplates on the rising cost of fuel, I took a photograph.
The trail that led us to the car.
I will share with you more Saturdays in the park in the coming days.
This is my entry for MY WORLD (#115) this week. Show your world here.