Recently, Gourmet Pigs and I went to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve because I've lived in California too long not to have done this.
I know it's California's state flower, but the California poppy is just a "meh" flower for me. But field after field and hill after hill of them and the California poppy is really something else!
It was super crowded though so I had to be strategic with my photos so they weren't full of people.
See the lizard?
What I hated was seeing people stomping all over the flowers to take photos. The park service doesn't plant or water the poppies, they just let nature do its work. So don't go off the path! We took plenty of nice pictures crouched low but ON the path. Grrr! I don't understand why people come out to see nature if they can't respect it.
Afterward, we had a quick picnic overlooking the California poppies. I brewed some genmaicha (Japanese brown rice green tea) and baked some biscuits and scones, sprinkled with orange dust from Lan of Angry Asian Creations. We ate them with some maple butter my brother's wife brought back from Montreal and acai berry jam Gourmet Pigs brought back from Brazil. I took along strawberry jam that Tony of SinoSoul had made and Marionberry jam from Oregon, but we couldn't open the jars. Ha! And we had some pandan cream cookies lil' sis brought back from Vietnam.
Other things to do can be found in Explore SoCal.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
15101 Lancaster Rd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Open from sunrise to sunset
Poppy Reserve Wildflower Hotline
Parking $8 per vehicle for a day pass
1 year ago today, pink night-blooming cereus.
2 years ago today, Ga Hap Xi Dau (Vietnamese Soy Sauce-Steamed Chicken).
3 years ago today, May flowers - Double Delight roses, Lady Fairbanks roses climbing a trellis, cupflowers, leeks, strawberries, cereus, and a blue vase of sweet peas and roses.