Huntington Beach State Park, Atalaya, and Brookgreen Gardens. There's nothing like writing one of these lenses and telling others about how awesome you think they are to make you want to go out and visit again! My park pass just expired at the end of last month though, so I'll have to pay admission to see Atalaya and Huntington Beach or break down and buy a new annual pass. I haven't been to Brookgreen in way too long. I really should get back there. It's a shame that I drive by so often and never stop in to enjoy it.
I also wrote a lens on Swan Lake Iris Gardens, which is in the town where I was born and raised. I never really realized how awesome it was to have something like that in my own backyard until I moved away and saw that every city didn't have one like it. When I was researching the lens I found out that you can't feed the swans and ducks anymore. That's so sad! We used to go all the time, and we'd always take a loaf of bread to feed them with. It was a great way to enjoy the birds up close. But this is much healthier for the birds - they stick to their specialized diet and don't ruin their supper with white bread and cereal!
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