Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Leisurely California, Day 5

Sunday was our last day in California and we spent it at Golden Gate Park. We actually slept in a bit and Christina cooked us a fancy breakfast of waffles and bacon. After breakfast we made our way across the bay and to Golden Gate Park via public transportation and enjoyed a relaxing day of strolling in the park.

Our first stop was the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which had lots of lovely flowers and trees. This hike was much less strenuous than the one to Pirates Cove! After that, we walked to the Japanese Tea Garden, which was very interesting. Blondie loves Japanese architecture and design so he really enjoyed that garden. There were several different types of bridges and lots of pretty plants. I especially enjoyed the bonsai garden.

We were getting hungry by the time we finished touring the tea garden, so we found a quiet spot in a Redwood grove and had a picnic lunch. Then, we walked a little more and found that the Golden Gate Park Band was playing that day. We sat and listened to the music for a while, then moved on.

We found the Lily Pond and took a little break there, then headed for the Conservatory of Flowers. It is quite a hothouse! There were lots of very lovely flowers and plants from all over the world in this place. I could only dream of growing such things in Oklahoma's climate!

Our day in the park was a nice conclusion to our California vacation. On Monday morning we packed up our stuff, took a final breath of cool California air, and headed home. It was hot and sweaty when we got back to Oklahoma late Monday night, but we were glad to be back. It's time for a nap!