Eco-Road Trip – South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Toured the South Coast Botanic Garden
  • When: Monday, April 2
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA

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My Travel Story:

My original plans for the day to visit CalEarth were miscalculated and fell through, and so did last minute plans to see local friends.

So I searched for other destinations in the area, and came across the South Coast Botanic Garden, which was originally an open-pit mining operation turned city landfill turned botanical gardens.

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Eco-Road Trip – Santa Barbara PT. 2 & Seal Beach

Santa Barbra PT. 2 & L.A. Traffic/Seal Beach – Summary:

  • Who: Joey Tully
  • What: Attended Easter Sunday service and hiked the property at Sunburst Sanctuary
  • When: Sunday, April 1
  • Where: Santa Barbara, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Seal Beach, CA

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My Travel Story:

I was in surreal state from the morning at Sunburst Sanctuary as I headed back toward Santa Barbra on Easter Sunday.

The day before I heard about an Easter gathering at the Old Mission Santa Barbara and drove over to check it out. This mission grounds were beautiful, and people set up picnic blankets across the front lawn and around the rose garden.

Here’s a quick video tour of the Old Mission grounds on Easter Sunday!

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Eco-Road Trip – Forestiere Underground Gardens

Forestiere Underground Gardens – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Stumbled across and toured the Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • When: Saturday, March 31
  • Where: Fresno, CA

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My Travel Story:

Driving to Fresno, CA, was completely unplanned, but still in the direction of my travels to Santa Barbara. The city reminded me a lot of Lubbock and Amarillo in West Texas, so I wasn’t terribly impressed with this desert city.

However, when I looked for permaculture related sites and community gardens in the area – the Forestiere Underground Gardens came up in my search results, and I was more than impressed with this unexpected destination.

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Eco-Road Trip – Berkeley’s Ecology Center & Gardens

Berkeley’s Ecology Center, EcoHouse & Community Gardens – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Visited the community gardens near the Ecohouse; Stopped at the Ecology Center
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Where: Berkeley, CA

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My Travel Story:

After leaving the Ecovillage Farm Learning Center, I made my way to the heart of Berkeley, CA, to see some local community gardens and the Ecology Center.

My first stop was the EcoHouse, a demonstration home and garden located in a North Berkeley residential neighborhood. Because the house is a private residency, I was unable to tour it.

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Eco-Road Trip – Mountain View Cohousing Community

Mountain View Cohousing Community – Summary:

  • Who: Kate Forrest
  • What: Visited the Mountain View Cohousing Community in
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Where: Mountain View, CA

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My Travel Story:

Continuing on my travels, I left People Living Art, Community & Ecology (PLACE), and made it to my final planned stop for the day at Mountain View Cohousing Community, a seniors-only upscale, energy-efficient condominiums and common facilities collaborative neighborhood.

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Eco-Road Trip – University of California, Davis & Town Trip

University of California, Davis & Town Trip – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Toured the campus gardens at UC Davis; Went to downtown Davis for dinner and walked around the common areas
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Davis, CA

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My Travel Story:

After the tour of Muir Commons Community, I went to the University of California, Davis to check out some of its on-campus sustainability features – like the arboretum, gardens, and onsite agricultural programs.

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