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 :)
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Hi y’all – this is my first post on the blog, and I’m glad to be here! This is actually a continuation of my friend and fellow blogger Tyler Colenbrander’s previous post about our experience living together over the past three virtual terms at Caltech. You can see his post at this link.