Friday, September 20, 2013

Arcadia's Arboretum

I was so happy that Michael and I got a chance to go to the Arboretum in Arcadia on Tuesday. I have wanted to go there since March, but it is only free on the third Tuesday of each month. I knew we wouldn't be able to go next month because Michael will have just started working on production for the goat movie by then, and in November we will be busy with the movers boxing all of our stuff up! When we drove to Arcadia in March for our Marriage Encounter weekend, it took us over an hour due to construction on the Interstate (or I guess they are called Freeways here?), but on Tuesday it didn't take more than 20 minutes and the parking at the Arboretum was free too ~ It always is.
The area was nice and big, but I couldn't help but compare it to Descanso Gardens in Glendale- my absolute favorite; I want to live there!! The Arboretum seemed a lot bigger and we had to check the map often to see where we wanted to go next and which roads or paths to take to get there. However, I just read online that it says it is 127 acres, while Descanso Gardens is 150 acres. I do keep letting the tulip area take over my memories and forget all about the back half of the land, simply because I did not blog about it. And that is why I blog- to remember the details. I may have to post those pictures later this week, so you can see them too!
 I was happy that Michael was patient enough with me as I walked around trying to find ledges to use as a tripod, so I could take timed pictures of us together. And he even began to Instagram some photos of flowers, plants and Little Yellow Butterflies on his iPhone. I think he had a nice time too, although he seemed to be most interesting in watching a bunch of guys take down pieces of a set that they may have used the day before. And he can always find imaginary house ideas inside a bamboo "cave". He pretended to take a shower in one corner, although when I asked, "Can my scrapbook area be over here?", he told me, "No". I guess he gets the bamboo house all to himself.
I will admit that I was bummed that they got rid of the Catawompus, which I was most excited to see and walk though. By the end Michael even wanted to see it the way I was talking about it the whole time and singing "Catty-wompus, catty-wompus!" as we walked along the paved roads. They simply must have taken it down because we walked all around the area that the map said it was in, but instead all we found was a locked garden with some scarecrows and a creepy dead squirrel on a post/sign. We drove down the road so Michael could get a Subway for lunch, then we drove us back home. It was a good day.

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