I visited three public gardens during my trip to California, all in Pasadena.  The Huntington Library Botanical Garden is in a league all its own; you’ll need at least one full day to cover the grounds.  The other two, pint-sized in comparison, are perfect for an impromptu stroll.

Now, let’s head over to the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.  There I am, trekking 282 feet below sea level on a ginormous sheet of salt deposits!

Before leaving Death Valley, we meandered about the Mesquite Flat Dunes.  What a very zen experience.  The winds “erase” the footprints, creating a clean canvas for all visitors.

And, that mysterious textured surface…..

….. is cracked clay from an ancient lakebed, strewn about in between the dunes!

It will be quite some time before traveling can be put on the agenda again.  In the mean time, I will delight in the beautiful nature within my own back yard.

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