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We were going to go swimming today.

It was too cold.

So instead I rugged up the kids and took them on a hike at the Iris Sankey Arboretum and to check out Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden in Kit Carson Park located in Escondido.

Kit Carson park is huge.  I had driven past it a number of times on my way to the Wild Animal Park, but had never once paid any attention to it being anything other than a sports complex.  There are picnic areas everywhere of which we saw no less than a dozen parties happening on our drive through the park.   There are bridges, a creek and ponds, a couple of playgrounds and a sports complex, as well as hiking trails, a 5-acre arboretum and the sculpture garden.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a sculpture garden by Niki De Saint Phalle. It is absolutely amazing.  It took nearly 4 years to plan and execute and then had to be finished after the artist died at the age of 71.  Each mosaic sculpture has the most elaborate detail.  It truly is something to see.

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I have just one more photo to show you this week.

The twins helping me make pancakes for brunch.


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familyadventureguidebooks May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

What a treasure! Will have to check this out.

cat May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh that sculpture garden is just amazing! I’d love to see it. And the pictures, as always, great.

The Romero-Schroeder May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

What a great plaec, so colorfull, Love it

Threeundertwo May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

oh wow! I love all those mosaics. Do you know what kind of bird that was?Love the hiker with the sippy cup. So cute!

Mom Taxi Julie May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I love the mosaic park, that is so cool!

Sharlene May 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

What a cool place. I loved the pictures. SO vibrant!

Smart A$$ Mom June 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

awesome pictures!

Lisa amp; Gerald June 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

sounds like you guys are having lots of fun…..

Sarah @ June 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wow, thanks for the tip! Escondido is a bit of a drive for us, but the park you linked to certainly looks like it is well worth the effort =) I can’t wait to check it out, so thank you!

Mary~Momathon June 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Thanks for posting this! We are going ASAP!


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