Cluster of poppies
A cluster of perky orange poppies

A beautiful day for a trip to the poppies

| Réal, Bob, and I made a pilgrimmage to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve yesterday to check out this years bloom. Photos had been published in the Palm Springs and Los Angeles papers of a stunning display, and we wanted some of that.

Not to put too fine a point on it, we've seen much better in other years. This year the poppies were rather sparse and in patches; the first year we went the poppies simply carpeted the hills.

Nevertheless, It was a gorgeous day with moderate temperatures and a very light breeze, perfect for taking in the park. We weren't the only ones with this idea. We had left home quite early, and arrived shortly after 10am; we were quickly processed through the gate and easily found a parking space in the lot.

By contrast, when we left, the line of cars and tour buses stretched out to the highway, perhaps half a mile long.

After leaving the park, we headed into Lancaster for lunch. I queried Sophie for nearby restaurants, and one she identified on the very street we were driving was Crazy Otto's. It takes a certain chutzpah to name your restaurant Crazy anything, so we kept our eyes open and found it. Looked OK, and we went in.

I guess the style could best be described as eclectic funk. License plates on the wall. A booth made out of an old car. Clever T-shirts for sale ("This is a half-portion"). We were quickly seated and brought menus. Our server recommended the burgers, so we ordered burgers.

Real
Réal
Bob
Bob
Paul
Paul (not a terrific selfie-taker)
Crazy Otto's
Crazy Otto's Diner, Avenue I, Lancaster
Bacon cheeseburger
Bacon cheeseburger
Mushroom burger
Mushroom burger

If you left hungry it was your own fault!

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Last updated on Apr 8, 2017

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