Local Tourist: Antelope Valley
Los Angeles (and all of southern California) has gotten a ton of rain over the past 4-5 months, which has been good for nature, and quite frankly, more than I could ever care for. I’m over it and would be fine without ever seeing another drop. However, I can admit the rain has been good for us humans breathing air in this terribly polluted city and for the shriveled up foliage craving the water it needs to thrive and flourish. Getting one step closer to appeasing the California drought. Cleaner air, greener grass, and blooming flowers. Okay, I'm not too mad.
The Antelope Valley is mostly flat land with some mountainous areas surrounding it. Kind of reminded me of Arizona. Since the drought hasn’t allowed much growth for nature in years, this influx of rainy weather over the past 4-5 months has created an unusual sight of nature thriving. People have been flocking to the valley to see the super bloom of poppies, in particular, up close and personal. And you can't come all this way and not get your Instagram’able photos (as demonstrated below lol). My friends and I headed to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to see what the hype was all about. I had to get something out of the months of misery right?
An easy hour and change from Los Angeles, the reserve, just past Lancaster and Palmdale, was met with pretty low expectations I must admit. Maybe because the land was more massive than anticipated, it caused the super bloom of poppies to not have that wow factor. However, en route to the reserve we passed several areas where the poppies were more of what was expected. If you are headed out that way, lower your expectations or skip the reserve altogether and stop at one the fields on the way in.
Fun fact: Poppy is the California state flower