Descanso Gardens

First off, let me describe this new category Delightful Destinations. Being an explorer and lover of traveling and discovering enchanting destinations, I thought it would be wonderful sub-section to my blog to detail my various explorations and discoveries of the beautiful Southern California. Since I am currently studying the tourism industry and looking to work within it soon, it would only seem improper to not portray my love for traveling through Delightful Discoveries.

There are so many different destinations within Southern California, particularly surrounding the Los Angeles area. I recently traveled a short 20 minutes from my home in the San Fernando Valley to the magical Descanso Gardens, located in Glendale, CA. To this destination, I was accompanied by my great friend and room-mate Christopher James Sigman, who took all of the breath-taking photos of the gardens.


Words cannot describe how beautiful I found the Descanso Gardens. When your living deep within the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, you tend to lose sight of the beauty that can be seen within the wilderness. When deep within the gardens, I felt like I was hundreds of miles away in some far away land that only existed within my imagination. But I was actually right in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world! These gardens give you that necessary escape from the constant fast pace of the city.

I did not expect the gardens to be so vast and enormous. There were several different sub-sections to the gardens such as, The Japanese Gardens, The Oak Forest and Grove, The California Native Area with surrounding lakes, Lilac and Iris Gardens, and of course the beautiful Rose Garden. I also did not expect to see the different types of wildlife present within the gardens!


All areas were simply breathtaking, but the Rose Garden was a special area that seemed straight out of a fairytale. There were fields of various types of flowers featured between well-kepted grassy walk-ways and sparkling clear creeks full of different types of fish. Enchanting trails lead to several fountains, waterfalls, and gazebos that were full of canopies of floral and greenery that gave off a beautiful aroma that only enhanced the experience.


Like I said, words cannot describe the true beauty of the Descanso Gardens. They offer a peaceful sanctuary that can be healing to anyone in need of an escape. Anyone within the Southern California area or looking to visit here, be sure to mark the magical Descanso Gardens on your list of things to do.

Your’s Truly 😉

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Charmlee Wilderness Park

I’m a traveler. It is a known fact. I love to discover little hidden treasures around the world. Now, I am still very young and have not exactly traveled the globe, but I have been many places for my short time on this planet. I love to be outdoors and ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I am finding it very hard to go on my outdoor adventures. So, for a class assignment I was assigned to venture out into the wilderness nearby where I live..boy, was I pleasantly surprised by the beauty right outside my doorstep. The Southern California area is full of beautiful hidden treasures right outside the city!

I ventured out (with my co-adventurer, Lacey Smith) to Charmlee Wilderness Park located near the City of Malibu within the Santa Monica Mountains. This my friends, is a serious hidden treasure. I did not expect the beautiful landscape that I encountered. So many beautiful and breathtaking terrains and views.

The trip was actually supposed to be a guided hike to view local wildflowers. Unfortunately, the tour-guide never showed up, so we were guided by a local couple who knew the area well and species within it. This place seriously took my breath away. I felt so calm and at peace!

Beautiful Flowers and Plant-life..

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Gorgeous paths through the wilderness, from meadows to forests to cliffs..

And lets not forget the breathtaking views..

Overall, it was an amazing, breathtaking, experience! And most of these pictures were taken with my cell-phone! I will be going back to this place, and I encourage all of you to go as well!

Together

By: Randy Sorensen

Together:

This storm we have long weathered,
Hand in hand we remain together.
Running through smoky mountain trails,
Headed for the hills, to the sea we shall sail.

I can hear the splash of the rain drops,
The shock of your touch, as my heart stops.
The dancing shadows of candle light,
Together we listen to the melody of the night.

How we weave through these Appalachian dreams,
My wedding gown torn at the seams.
If we could just stop and take a breath,
It is only you; you are all I have left.

The lightning flashes deep in the night,
To long we have fought this fight.
I curl my body to the warmth of your soul,
Your eyes black as midnight, mirrored of coal.

I can hear the piano out in the wild,
A lullaby I run to like a child.
A waltz we dance to the violin,
In the forest with your touch of sin.

Father’s warning of forbidden love,
Your arms around me; you fit like a glove.
The wind that sparks their wildfires,
You have awakened my deepest desires.

Together we shall run; together we shall remain,
Hide me away, take away the pain.
Hold me close, as you keep me warm,
Together we remain to weather the storm.