I wore my favorite blue dress to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve last weekend.
Okay, this is my only blue dress but we’ll gloss over that fact.
To my non-local readers, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a sprawling park about an hour’s drive outside of Los Angeles. Every year between March-April the poppies in this huge field all bloom at once, appropriately called a superbloom. Being surrounded by miles of golden wildflowers was a nice relaxing break from the bustle of L.A. life.
The dress I’m wearing here is from Forever 21 [similar here]. I’ve had it for a few years and it’s one of those dresses that I don’t wear often solely because I love it so much and don’t want to overdo it. Does anyone else do this?
By the time you read this the superbloom may be over, but here’s some advice on how to enjoy it when it rolls around again this time next year:
- Get there early. We left L.A. at around 11 AM on a Saturday morning and there wasn’t a lot of traffic, but there were wayyyy more cars coming in as were were leaving in the afternoon.
- The official address of the poppy reserve is 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536, but here’s a tip: put this address in your GPS but don’t enter the park. There are huge fields of poppies on the drive right up to the park that you can frolic in for free. A lot of people, present party included, just pulled to the side of the road and walked around the fields on our own. This way you avoid the $10 parking fee and the long line of cars trying to get in.
- Bring water. It was quite hot when we got there, and the fields with the thickest groups of flowers were quite a walk away from the road. We avoided the crowds of people by walking a little bit and had a nice sprawl of poppies to enjoy to ourselves.
- Don’t step on/pick the poppies! Respect Mother Nature 🙂