some flowers just bloom dead

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uh this is the starting point. East LA.
"some flowers just bloom dead...." quoting the my favorite Wallflowers song "some flowers bloom dead". =D

May 8th, 2010: For Mother's day i thought about what gifts to give her but i couldn't come up with anything so i decided to take her to see the beautiful poppies in the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster instead. that's what i love about California. we have the desert, the mountains, hillsides, and my favorite the coast!! i live in a beautiful state!!!! so yes the Poppy Reserve is only 1 1/2 hours away from east LA. not bad at all. i woke up a bit late so we didn't head out until 10:30 or so after we ate breakfast.

let's go get gas first. alrighty! finally on the freeway to the 5 north. no traffic getting there which is awesome! i was shocked.
Angeles National Park, getting closer to the poppy reserve.
my mom sitting in the passenger seat couldn't stop staring at the new home developments in the valleys specifically with the ones in valencia. "mom you are crazy" i say, "valencia is too far from everything and it's not by the ocean and too hot" (in Cantonese). an hour and a half on the road in the car talking to mom. a mother and daughter chat (in Cantonese). halfway on the road we were going uphill and my prius don't do hills very well. at one point i had to drive on the slowest lane going less than 60mph. hahaha oops sorry folks who are speeding up to 70mph. right after passing the Angeles National Park we began spotting flowers on the road. what kind were they? i have no idea. i don't quite know my flowers or plants nor trees. heh.

we've finally hit highway 138 which is only 2 miles away from the all the poppies.
here we are!!
hooray! oh boy it was getting hot and very windy. wowsers! tons of ranches and farm lands. finally we made it!! $8 for parking and you can spend as much time as you'd like until sunset.

my mom preferred to take the short and easy trail hike of about 1 mile so we started off a paved road into a sandy dirt trail. luckily my mom was wearing sneakers, the right shoes. i wasn't sure what to expect at the Poppy Reserve since i have never been there before.

hills and hills of poppies in bloom but i did notice there were patches where there were no poppies at all. perhaps the flower season is about to end and most of the poppies had died. see the pictures and you'll see how lovely it looked! even more lovely in person i must say. best of all this was not man-made!!

the day trip was short about 2-3 hours later we were done w/ the trail and began our trip back home. on the way headed back i took the wrong turn and gotten lost for about 10 minutes when i realized and sensed i was going the wrong way. eventually i found the way back to the right road. life without a GPS. again surprisingly we didn't hit traffic until closer to home. we arrived home a bit tired. and now i'm off to my nap! =)
amazed says:
I love the southwest
Posted on: May 20, 2014
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uh this is the starting point. Eas…
uh this is the starting point. Ea…
Angeles National Park, getting clo…
Angeles National Park, getting cl…
here we are!!
here we are!!
the short trail.
the short trail.
hills of poppies.
hills of poppies.
what are these? ants??
what are these? ants??
makes me want to roll down the hil…
makes me want to roll down the hi…
me and mom.
me and mom.
beautiful!
beautiful!
caution: rattlesnakes!
caution: rattlesnakes!
what kind of tree is this?
what kind of tree is this?
more poppies off HWY 138.
more poppies off HWY 138.
more of these trees off HWY 138.
more of these trees off HWY 138.
theres a lake off the highway too.
there's a lake off the highway too.
headed back home to LA.
headed back home to LA.
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