Flower Fields Forever!

the fields

three musketeers

We cruised on down to the Carlsbad flower fields yesterday. It was exactly as fun as it was the last time we went. In fact, I don’t even need to write a new post about the trip because my old post already says what I want to share. Except this time Bug is so much bigger and we brought a whole passel of different friends with us.

flower buds

I say passel because the trip started out as a simple get-together with just Bethany and me. Then we thought Bethany’s mom might like to come since she was going to be in town so we pushed the trip back a couple of days to include her. Then I invited my friend Jen and two of her three kids (her oldest was in school). Next thing I knew I was talking to my mom on the phone and she said she wanted to come too! My mom brought my Grandma and CC and the rest was history.

me and Gramma

What can I say? It was a merry bunch. I’m glad everyone came. We should have brought cake and called it a party!

passel of friends


Last time Whoorl and I raced our bugaboos down these dusty roads. This time the kids didn’t need strollers and the one kid that did have a stroller climbed out of it like a monkey half the time. Who could blame her? Great big expanses of space like this are made for running! As a mother whose kid fell asleep at bedtime that night about two seconds after she put her pajamas on, I say we could have just gone for the running. Exercise in the great outdoors works wonders for the disposition.


Of course the flowers were lovely too. I really wish this was a pick-your-own-flowers type of field. How fun would that be? I would come home with armfuls of these beauties.

over the hills and fields

If you live around here, I strongly recommend a visit. It’s great for kids and you really can’t take a bad photo. Well, unless you are aiming at the caution tape they use to cordon off the flowers from the public but that’s what practice is for.

walk this way

I love the sweet pea maze. Unfortunately, we chose to do it last and by the time we got there everyone was starving. Mazes and hungry kids are not really a good combo. Correction: I should say mazes and hungry kids and hungry moms are not really that great together. After hitting dead ends and having to backtrack several times we started worrying that we would have to send up a flare for food. I did actually have the forethought to pack snacks but then I left them in the car parked three parking lots over. I hate it when I do that.

maybe this is the right way

We did make it out of the maze alive. But by then all diets were thrown out the window and we bee-lined for the biggest, most unhealthy lunch we could possibly find at the Ruby’s right nearby. I wonder if Ruby’s gives the flower fields some sort of kick-back because I seem to remember having a big fat cheeseburger last time I was there too. Maybe every year they make the maze bigger and more complicated so that people come out famished. Just kidding. I’m sure it’s all in my mind and has everything to do with the time of day we were there.


So anyway! That was fun. I know there is a ton more I wanted to say about it but I’m blogging brain-dead again.


I’ll just end with my favorite photo and say I’m sure we’ll be going again next year and probably inviting even more people. Make your reservation now! Just kidding…sort of.


  • Mrs. Wilson

    That looks like SO MUCH FUN! I love flowers, even though they make me all sneezy and watery-eyed and just generally miserable. And plus, any time you get to hang out with you great ladies would be a super stellar fun time. Or that’s how I imagine it.

  • Glenda

    Wow that is amazing! I want to build myself one of those sweet-pea walkways! Must smell heavenly going through there. So glad G’ma could join you – she must have LOVED the outing!!

  • Jennifer

    I’m going to plan all my outing with you guys so I don’t have to blog about them on my own :P Actually, that trip was so much fun I do plan on writing about it too. I love all the pictures you got. I didn’t get half as many. Wrangling Monkey Girl and trying to get great pictures is no small feat.

  • Gramma

    The shoulder aches from pushing the walker have gone. I’m still enjoying that wonderful experience memory. At first I thought I’d do a pantoum, but I’ve absorbed so very much that I’m working on a story of the flowers and friends. Thanks for including me.

  • Uncle George

    C-Bad is way cool. That’s where the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute is, where we get our White Seabass fingerlings for the growout pens. Good fishing in the lagoon and the surf there, too!

    Neat post, B!

  • Jennifer W.

    Oh I am jealous! You have such beautiful places you visit. We are planning to make the move to CA in the next 2-3 years (I hope!) and all I hear are horror stories about how awful it is. I look at your beautiful photos and I think, it can’t be that bad!

  • Woman with Kids

    That place looks amazing! We have a field of tulips near our house, but not open to the public. Something about I should get out of there and stop tip-toeing through their tulips. Whatever. Your pictures are great!

  • BeachMama

    So gorgeous. I love flowers so much and they are all so pretty. It’s just awesome that they allow the public to go and frolic.

  • OMSH

    Oh that is absolutely beautiful – and you’re right…places where kids can run in the wide open expanse is PERFECT for the disposition. I love it when my kids have had so much activity they are asleep within minutes of crawling into bed.

    I can’t wait to see Bethany’s photos now!
    I’d raise my hand and wave it in the air that I want to go next time, but um…well…they might not be as pretty in October. :)

  • ivy

    it is beautiful there at this time of year. i live in OC and we go by the fields either to the outlets or to san diego and we have to stop by to see all that colorful beauty!

  • Sonja von Franck

    That would kill me – I would want to go to the nursery right after that and buy up everything I had seen! What a great way to kick off your May! And I love Bug’s pigtails too…too cute.

  • Becca

    So beautiful. Sounds like a great day. I wonder if there is a flower field near me…oh wait, there is a tulip place, but I’m not sure when they are open… probably should look that up.