My last day in San Diego was great! I had breakfast with a very eclectic woman from the hostel. She has a warm, bubbly personality and quite a contagious laughter. Bright Spot – Claire is a Feng Shui master and transformational life coach. She is an artist, writer, and web designer. Perhaps a better overall description of Claire would be “Renaissance Woman”! She has authored a book called From Burned Out to Fired Up: Fabulous Feng Shui Secrets for Feeling Happy, Confident, Sassy and Radiant.
Afterwards, I walked to Balboa Park for the last time this trip to view the various gardens! There were quite a few, but my fave was the Japanese Friendship Garden….it had a little waterfall!!! The Desert Garden was second runner up! Both of these gardens were very beautiful in their own way.
The former was clearly a well planned and executed project whose landscape provided a delightful sense of openness. There were pausing points that beckoned you to take in the beauty. There were 2 buildings that were still waiting for the exterior grounds to be completed. In talking with the woman at the ticket booth, I discovered that their purposes.
One will be home to significant items of Japanese culture and the second is designed to host special events.
The Desert Garden stirred within me memories of the four years I lived in New Mexico. The smell of earthiness exuding from and a pure and natural vista was an experience I loved. The physical arrangement of this garden was circular in design with islands of cactus within the perimeter. I found a couple cozy spots under a grouping of trees that screamed, “Sit here out of the scorching sun and rest a bit.”
could I refuse such an invitation? I’ve
always enjoyed relaxing under a broad canopy of branches and leaves with a good
book, a blank notebook and pencil, or just a desire to “be” like that last day
in San Diego.
I did meander through a couple other garden types that were quite different than these, yet still interesting.
Lunch at the Prado Restaurant near the visitor’s center was delicious and the perfect nourishment to get me back to the hostel where I spent quite a while packing. Because of the few items I acquired while in San Diego, it was mandatory that I leave behind a few donations of clothing so I could get my suitcase closed!!!