Last week, we were able to spend a couple of hours at Descanso Gardens walking the grounds. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures but that’s okay. It was my first time going. When I moved to LA 25 years ago, Descanso Gardens was one of those places that was on my bucket list. It’s not a tourist spot, I don’t think, so it wasn’t high on my list but it was one of those things. Kind of like Huntington Beach Library. Where I want to go, but for whatever reason, I never go because I could always go anytime. So, I just never went.
With the Pandemic, it seemed the perfect opportunity to check this place out. It’s outside, masks are mandatory, limited capacity. We went on a weekday to ensure even smaller crowds. I enjoyed myself. It was about a 20 minute drive from my house and they have nice paths to walk through. We didn’t see everything so now I want to go back. It’s a $15/visit entrance fee. To become a member, it’s $75/year, which means I would need to go at least 5 times a year to make it worth the membership fee. I don’t know if I’ll actually go 5 times. I know I want to go… but want to do and actually do are two different things that do not always happen. Oh well, this is how I get stuck. I want to do the annual membership because then I’ll be encouraged to go BUT it’s $75 and I don’t want to spend that right now. So then I’ll waffle back and forth and never end up going back. I’m taking control of this now and I’m deciding NOT to do the annual membership. But I will plan a day next month to go and I’ll put something on the schedule for the next 6 months. If I go, then I’ll become a member. 🙂
I’ll tell you how it goes.
Aw, I had a moment of homesickness reading your post. Descanso was a favorite place of mine when I lived in LA. But just to make you feel good in your decision about membership, I will tell you that membership leaves out alot of things. Even as a member, you still have to pay extra fees for all special events such as the holiday lights event. To be honest, that never sat well with me. But if you get in the mood to go again, you should go in the spring when they have all the tulips in bloom. I’ve never seen so many different colors of tulips in one place, and it is beautiful. 🙂
Thanks for the info and I will put Descanso in spring on my calendar. 🥰