I think California State Parks at Hearst Castle has been reading my blog.
Why, you ask? Because they have a new tour, just for me! It's the Garden and Vistas Self Guided Tour! BEST THING EVER! All these years, I have dreamed of wandering around the grounds at my own pace! All those paths not taken? They have officially been taken! WOOOOOOOOOHOOOO!
This is one of my favorite paths. I have my camera out, I'm taking a video, and I am so excited!
If this next picture doesn't look familiar to you, it's because you have never seen it before. It isn't accessible on any of the regular tours, so of course you've never seen it.
This is of the same area.
And the same area, again.
I'm obsessed because I've never seen this terrace before, which means I've never seen the fountains, both with newly gilded statues on top, one with a woman holding a rose, another about to kiss a frog.
Also, a bonus with this tour is that we got to sit on stuff! Appropriate things only, of course, but at least we got to sit down, and just soak it all in!
The ticket price includes the movie, so we saw the movie before we went up the hill. You can be up there for four hours, if you wish. We were on the hill about 2.5 hours, I think, and it was the perfect amount of time for us. I particularly wanted to be up there for the sunset. At sunset, the bells in the two towers ring, which is a great bonus.
Father waiting for the bells to ring.
Did you spy me in that last picture? I'm sure you didn't, because my Greek Pool Goddess pose is so natural.
Speaking of pools, I was able to walk all around it. This has simply been unheard of before. This tour was like a ticket to freedom.
See those stairs behind us? I've never been able to walk on them, but the other night I did. Twice.