Tuesday, April 30, 2013

LA Countdown: UCLA Botanical Garden

My office here in LA is located on Wilshire Blvd just across from Westwood, where coworkers and I will often walk about during lunch. We rarely venture as far as UCLA (6 whole blocks! *gasp*), but beautiful weather recently inspired us to go in search of the botanical gardens at the edge of campus we'd heard mention of.

Took some dedicated googling, a significant bit of wandering, friendly questioning of a college student who RUDELY refused to help us as he was very late for class (hmph!) and a boatload of complaining (decided at the beginning of our adventure to wait to eat until we found the garden, by which time stomachs were growling up a storm, whoops!), but we eventually located the small park. Took a quick spin and secured a nice bench to enjoy lunch by the turtle pond. Nom nom.

End game: worth a return visit for further exploration (full stomach preferred). Though we didn't spend a huge amount of time in the park, it was a welcome break from the office to be completely surrounded by greenery for just a few moments. Even a brief immersion in nature can do wonders to refresh the mind and reset one's attitude. And jumping always lifts the spirits.

One, two, three...UP!!!

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