Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

World of Houseplants, San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden cleared out the 8,000 square foot Dickinson Family Education Conservatory for their new exhibit, World of Houseplants. The exhibit aims to help guests identity and care for their houseplants, so everyone leaves the greenhouse with a greener thumb. Although not as colorful as the orchid exhibit, it is much more …

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Rancho Guejito, Escondido

Rancho Guejito is a 23,000 acre vineyard, farm and cattle ranch, located just a few miles past the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It is one of the last remaining Mexican land grants that is still a single parcel of land. Originally 13,000 acres were granted by the Mexican governor to the owner, Customs Inspector …

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Elephant Odyssey, San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo takes up 100 acres of Balboa Park, 6.5 of those acres are dedicated to the Elephant Odyssey exhibit. The first elephants to arrive in San Diego came by rail in 1923. After the boat ride from Asia to San Francisco followed by a train ride to San Diego they refused to …

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Western Science Center, Hemet

The Western Science Center was created from the excavation of Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in 1995. At that time the reservoir was North America’s largest excavation project. This project led to the discovery of over 100,000 fossils. It makes you wonder what scientists would find if they just kept digging. More than half of all …

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The South, USA

Something I noticed about our Southern trip, something that I have never in my life experienced before while traveling, was how surprised people were that we were going to the south, that this was our final destination. It started before our trip, people would question where we were going. If I said with a huge …

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Houston Space Center, TX

We have completed our southern circuit, returning to Houston to fly home. When I hear ‘Houston’, the first thing I think of is the famous words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem” (often erroneously quoted). Since we are already here, visiting the Houston Space Center became part of our itinerary, our last activity before escaping this …

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Oakland Plantation, Natchitoches

Oakland Plantation is one of two plantations that make up the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Located thirteen miles from each other, we focused on the larger of the two, where seventeen original buildings remain. The original owner of Oakland Plantation received a Spanish land grant in 1785. Descendants of slaves forced to work …

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Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish) is Louisiana’s oldest city, the oldest settlement in the land acquired by the Lousiana Purchase. Established in 1714, there are over 200 structures in the city’s historic district, on both sides of the Cane River, listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Ornate wrought iron benches line the banks of the …

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Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas, a gift from a local philanthropist who hand selected every specimen planted here over a period of 40 years. The 210 acre garden sits on a woodland peninsula, almost completely enveloped by the Ouachita River. The towering pines provide shade to those exploring …

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Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

Lake Ouachita (pronounced wash-ah-taw) is Arkansas’ largest lake completely in the state. It has 690 miles of shoreline, all of which are surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It is supposed to be one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. Fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, kayaking, camping on some of the 200 lake islands aren’t …

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