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How to get to Lake Balboa Park, Los Angeles, California


 Sunset at Lake Balboa Park


It's been an epic journey from working in Singapore, to studying and working in Canada and now finally living here in Los Angeles, California. I'm still adjusting just like wearing a new shoes and running with it for the first time. Everything is new, fresh, untouchable more like a new found place where you seemed kind of loss everywhere you go. Exciting and frightening. It's always a mixed of emotion when moving to a new country after being spoiled with the splendors of the other for being so familiar of the cities secrets. This moved has been challenging, once again leaving my new found family and friends, and now starting all over again. It always feels that way, an ingredient to moving out of the familiarity and making new beginnings. I'm lucky enough that I'm going through this not so comfortable phase of my life with a strong moral support from my dear husband. Let's go!


How to get there: 
Location: 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California 91406
Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free 

The stress and pressure of daily living knocks off the life inside someone's core after being exposed to a new environment. To avoid this kind of emotions I surrender myself to nature. Let the natural healing of nature get into your mind and soul. Allow the air to go through your nerves and let the rays of sunshine pierce through the shadow that envelopes around you.

My place is nearby a park named Lake Balboa Park. I love being with nature, knowing it was just a few miles from home made me happy. I have an adorable husband who knows my deep longing for fresh air, trees, hikes and sunsets. We got there late with just enough light for a breezy cycling afternoon. My tires were not cooperating that day, the back tire gave up before we've even started. But that doesn't stop me from cycling around the park, the bicycle just had to keep itself cool as my feet struggled with every pedal. It's winter in California for the month of January, just cold wind and low temperature, while on the other side of the globe my friends are enjoying their time at home with a snow storm alert outside their windows. I felt blessed with a wink in my eye and a shy grin, thou i missed my friends dearly and I wish them all the best. 
After we made a circle around the park my bicycle just had to say no more, the torturous exercise plus bystanders shouting to add more air to the tires was just no help at all. I went back to my trusted feet to carryout the journey as the day started to fade away. Ducks were everywhere in the lake, it's perfectly situated in the middle of the park so everyone can make a roundabout to see everything it has to offer. There were barbecue pits, a children's playground, picnic table, jogging path, fishing area, bike rentals and restrooms too. It's a wonderful place to spend some time alone, with your special someone, family and friends.


As the sky changed from red to orange, purple to pink or the other way around, as long the colors changed. I thought about how light moves, how colors dances and how beautiful to see such an amazing sunset right in the park. Some people would go high in the mountains or drive far to the beach to see such amazing colors. Funny thing is I'm actually one of those people, it's different when you're out there I tell you; but sometimes I seem to forget that this can happen in nearby places too just like this park. Simple and beautiful. 

Sunset can happen really fast, a few seconds red then orange then gone. You can't blink an eye unless you're kissing someone by your side, another wink in my eye and a shy grin. It was a lovely way to end the day, an amazing sunset and a warm hand holding by. I guess I'm a little bit braver now to see a different chapter of my life in the City of Angels, the famous city of Los Angeles in California. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^



Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more tips for your adventure?
If you have time try to read our Survival Guide in Los Angeles, California.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Hike Eaton Canyon Falls at Pasadena, California.

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