Saturday, July 19, 2008

Huntington Gardens

I know, it's been a while since an update! I worked all week (6 out of 7 days, 12-hour shifts -- which is exhausting) and am now hanging out in Fullerton with Jim and Marilyn having fun! You know how much I love to update you on my life, but like I said to Marilyn this morning "I'm too busy living my life to have time to blog about it!" There are definitely times I have more down-time, but I guess this month isn't one of those...

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, I got to hang out with Penny again! On Wednesday, we spent time walking around Old Town Pasadena. It's a VERY COOL place to spend time! We wandered in and out of fun shops, ate dinner, enjoyed a delicious dish of frozen yogurt, and people-watched!

On Thursday morning we went to Huntington Gardens in San Marino. It's a place I've heard about every time I come to California and had never made it there yet. It was beautiful! I have a couple slide shows at the end of this post, because there were so many great pictures, but I wanted to tell you about a few of my favorite.

This garden is near the entrance. A bunch of little ponds surrounded by bamboo. Beautiful!

I love the look of all this bamboo together. I hadn't realized just how tall bamboo gets!

I have no idea what this flower is, but I think it's one of most unique I've ever seen! I love the structure of the yellow thing in the middle (yes, very technical terms! I'm sure it has a name, but... If you can offer any insight, let me know!)

Penny and I had a great time exploring around together!

I love hydrangeas, and look how big these ones are!

The Japanese garden was incredible! I love bridges, and thought this one was especially nice. It didn't really go anywhere, but is lovely just the same!

Another love: benches! Imagine how great it would be to grab a good book and sit under this tree-covering and overlook the Japanese garden!

I really love spending time with Penny!

In the Rose Garden, we came upon these women that just made me giggle! One of my quirky traits is that I often make up stories about people I see out in the world (I love people-watching!). I imagined these women, FAST ASLEEP on a bench, having just arrived from Japan the day before. They landed at the airport, were picked up by their American family members and did a little shopping before heading home to bed. Since they wanted to get their full American experience, they headed out early that morning to start sight-seeing and went to Huntington Gardens first. They wandered around and saw everything, then found a bench to sit on and rest their feet. Before they knew it, they were both out like a light, not quite snoring, but close. You should click on the picture to enlarge it to get the full experience!

After walking the gardens, we toured the house that the Hungtinton's lived in. He made his money in railroads and had a HUGE house. It's now filled with his art collection -which was quite extensive! Here's a slide show that will give you a taste of what we saw.

After the house, we saw the library, which is quite famous I think. One of the amazing things there is a Guttenberg Bible! There are only a few copies left, and one is here at Huntington Library. It was pretty incredible to see it in person!

Here's that slide show of more pictures of the garden. When you come to Southern California next, make time to stop in at Huntington Gardens. It's well worth it!


Leingang Family said...

I would love to see a Gutenburg Bible someday. It's good to know there is one not too far away.

Brooke said...

What great pics! It's like you traveled to another country! I seems like you are enjoying being close to family too!

Jim and Marilyn said...

A wonderful tour of a fabulously beautiful garden! We must visit that one some day.

Essie said...

What a beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing. Just wanted to let you know I'm pretty sure the big flower is a lotus, maybe just a bit past it's prime. I saw some in Japan when I was there and that's what my students told me they were.