The extravagance of time when traveling

We take our time when we travel. When we visit a place, we often stay for 3 or 4 weeks in an AirBnb. We probably see the same sites as a traveler who has one week and packs it all in. Instead of packing it all in, we take our time. It’s an extravagance of time (we know!), and we’re grateful for the slow pace. Does anyone else visiting the Los Angeles area so enjoy the Huntington Gardens that they return a week later? Truly, it’s a luxury of time.

Our friend, Claire, picked us up, and we spent a beautiful day at the gardens. She’s a member and was able to act as our guide.

Huntington Garden w Clare Gorfininckel

Joe and Claire looking to see where the flax seeds are in the flowering flax plant.

The desert garden is lush – showing just how well cactus can do with a bit more water than they get in their native environment.

The desert garden is lush – showing just how well cactus can do with a bit more water than they get in their native environment.

The Zen Garden is just a small part of the Japanese Garden.

The Zen Garden is just a small part of the Japanese Garden.

What a wonderful garden! We enjoyed lunch and saw all we could that day with Claire, but it wasn’t enough. We wanted to revisit some areas for closer inspection and see a few areas that we had missed on the first visit. So, the next week we went back.

Orchid in the greenhouse

Orchid in the greenhouse

Visited the Chinese garden and enjoyed the pavilions, water features, plantings, rock formations, and these stone paths.

Visited the Chinese garden and enjoyed the pavilions, water features, plantings, rock formations, and these stone paths.

Just before we got back to the visitor center, we’d put away cameras in anticipation of gelato. Then we saw this plant and out came our cameras. Those colors!

Just before we got back to the visitor center, we’d put away cameras in anticipation of gelato. Then we saw this plant and out came our cameras. Those colors!

The first day at Huntington Garden was great, and the second one was as well. Who could tire of a garden like this? We’re so glad we had luxury of two days to spend exploring the garden. Extravagant use of time, right?

 

March 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to The extravagance of time when traveling

  1. Marvelous photos of the wonderfully scenic views in these beautiful gardens. Makes me inspired to make a return trip soon to the Morikami Gardens here in Florida. Just a few miles from me, yet it’s been over a year since my last visit.

  2. We like to take our time too, but we don’t have the luxury yet of spending four weeks in one place. Roll on retirement is all I can say!

  3. I applaud your unhurried schedule. It makes for a pleasant travel experience, instead of the travel that send us ‘home’ to rest. You have inspired us to begin some long-term stays in the future. Ahhh – the slowing down already feels nice.

  4. Jeannie Claypoole says:

    Joe and Beth
    I can understand the desire to return to Huntington Gardens. I’ve been there three times and will no doubt return someday. Each time I’ve discovered new things but still enjoy admiring the areas previously visited. So nice you can take your time to smell the….cactus?!

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