Welcoming the Year of the Dragon.
Making new friends
I saw her upon entering the park but she was too far for me to take a good picture. A few minutes later, a family of four arrived and enticed her with apples and oranges. Lucky! The kids called her “Penelope” so I figured that must be her name.
Learning to throw a football
Like I said before, I’m not good at any sport that involved balls. But we had a bit of free time before the rest of our friends arrived, so Z showed me how to throw and catch a football. Its shape makes the whole thing a bit tricky.
A picnic would be incomplete without food. I was thrilled that we were lunching on Filipino-style barbecue. We also had cheesecake (not pictured) for desert.
Previously, the property had been privately owned by various individuals; generally used as a vacation home. One of its past wealthy owners was the multi-faceted tycoon, Howard Hughes. Currently, as a state-owned historical site, the house holds a variety pieces and ornaments from each of its prior inhabitants.
General relaxation on a beautiful day
I spent the first day of the Chinese lunar year at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. You may observe that the skies were gloomily grey when we arrived but the sun decided to play later during the day; revealing a pristine blue backdrop to the mountains. A perfect day by my standards – great weather and fun with friends.
I’ll be sharing more thoughts and photos from my trip in later posts; as well as dropping-in on your blogs to see what incredible work I’ve been missing.
Take care ’til then,