I’m not sure if you’d heard, but California was pummeled with rain the past few months. As a native, I was a combination of miserable and happy. All the rain also gave me a better understanding of what it would be like to live somewhere like Seattle. I realize now that I would not be able to cut it there. I need the sun and temperate California weather too much. I’m not sure how I’m going to survive living anywhere else, to be honest.
But all the rain paid off because wildflowers are blooming in the desert and they are spectacular! Last weekend, I went to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and was blown away by the large swathes of orange, falling more in love with my state and the state flower.
The poppy reserve is located in Central California in Lancaster, CA. Pack water, a hat and your camera for a fun adventure that takes you on a detour off the interstate. Driving down Interstate 5 along the Grapevine section, you can see large swathes of color.
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Parking costs $10 at the reserved parking lot, but you’ll see lots of people parked on the side of the road leading to and from the reserve for free. Be sure to check the poppy reserve’s Facebook page for updates on the bloom status, how long they expect the flowers to be in bloom for and other useful information!