San Francisco Botanical Garden

SF51The San Francisco Botanical Garden is 55 acres within Golden Gate Park and consists of over 8,000 different flowers from all over the world. Because of the Bay area’s mild temperatures and wet and dry summers, it provides a climate for many of these unique plants to grow. The botanical garden is dedicated to the conservation of many of these rare flowers. It’s a beautiful park and of course my favorite are the magnificent Magnolias – a pretty flower that is found in China. I was happy to be here during blooming season.

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Japanese Tea Garden

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The Japanese Tea Garden is a popular attraction in Golden Gate Park. Originally created for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the site originally spanned about one acre and showcased a Japanese style garden. Today it features an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, a zen garden and cherry blossom trees that bloom in March and April.SF43

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Kohl’s Ranch

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The boys and I took a drive up north to Payson, AZ for winter break and stayed at Kohl’s Ranch. The Mogollon Rim area is one of my favorite spots and I love driving up here to look at the trees. We played horseshoe, made s’mores and relaxed for the evening. I loved chilling in the lobby with a book around the fire with a cup of coffee. Good memories.