Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Favorite Places - Southern California

Here's an additional contribution to the field trip thing; in honor of Lissa's move and because John and I spent four years of college and two years of married life in various parts of Southern California (I'm sure there are lots of people who have a much more thorough knowledge of the area - but you might as well start somewhere).

These were in fairly "lean" years, so these tend to be thrifty places to visit (or ones REALLY worth getting a season pass for). Never made it to Disneyland. We especially miss shopping at Trader Joe's. The Huntington and the Wild Animal Park are especially favorite places that we've returned to numerous times and always enjoyed.

Los Angeles Area:

Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Museums, San Marino, California
Lacy Park, San Marino, California
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Mission La Purissima Concepcion, Lompoc, California
Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California

San Diego Area:

San Diego Wild Animal Park, Escondido, California
San Diego Zoo
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Lake Poway

1 comment:

MrsDarwin said...

We spent the first 2 1/2 years of married life in Los Angeles, and Darwin grew up there. We were extremely hard up, so we didn't get out to many places, but we loved going to the Getty on the days that parking was free. And we often went down Topanga Canyon toward Santa Monica to sit by the ocean. The Huntington is a wonderful place to visit, and so is the Gamble House in Pasadena, especially if you like the arts and crafts style.

I worked a season of summer rep theater at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon. It's not too expensive, and since it's outdoors, they're very family friendly. They do a lot of Shakespeare and classics. Just bring the mosquito spray and some water!

Still, I'm grateful daily that we got out of L.A. -- it's a very hard place to raise a family on a single income.