A beautiful day for a trip to the poppies
April 6, 2017 | 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.
If you left hungry it was your own fault!
Last updated on Apr 13, 2018