This year, there was a superbloom in California because of all the rain we got from December to February. During spring break, three friends and I went to Anza-Borrego state park near San Diego to see the wildflowers. It’s about a 2 hour drive away from Caltech, and on the way, we saw flowers dotting the hills along the highway. Some hills were orange from all the California Poppies, while others were yellow and purple.
Since Anza-Borrego is a desert, the types of wildflowers that bloomed there were different from the ones we saw on the way. The flowers at Anza-Borrego tended to be small (about a size of a quarter) and were typically yellow or white. There were some occasional apricot and lavender colored flowers as well!
Next to the visitor center was a garden featuring some of the flora in the state park, including cacti that were blooming with pink flowers.
A couple minutes drive away from the town were these huge metal statues of various animals. The most impressive was the dragon below!
After driving around the park, we went on a 2 hour hike to a small oasis where there were native palm trees and a little spring. Here are some photos from the hike :)
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.