Carlsbad Strawberry Fields

I’m dedicating an entire blog post on these Strawberry fields that Steven & I went to yesterday! WOW WOW WOW. I’ve always seen pictures of people picking apples, strawberries, raspberries – all types of fruit in a huge farm. But I’ve never done it before until YESTERDAY.

On Monday, we moved to Carlsbad, CA for 6 weeks until we go to our study abroad at Oxford University in July! So it’s our temporary home – but it’s the perfect home because you can see the ocean and we’re only ONE mile away from it! We found out that the Carlsbad Flower Fields were right next to Steven’s parents house but we just missed their season! They opened until May 8 & that’s the day we moved to Carlsbad.  But, then his mom said there were strawberry fields right next to them and there was a stand where you could buy fresh strawberries or pick them!

I googled it & found some reviews on YELP and i decided that we had to go!! The fields were only 7 minutes away from the beach house! We got there & there were about 2 cars there because it was in the middle of the day on a Wednesday – so basically we had the whole fields to ourselves!! I was so excited when we got up to the stand and I told the lady that it was my first time and I asked her where in the fields is the best place to pick the best strawberries and she said “go all the way to the top!”

We bought our bucket – Wait – here’s some advice: If you are going with your significant other or on a date buy the biggest bucket which is $20 and comes with 2 admission tickets (Valued at $5) so the $20 bucket gets two people in AND the best part is that you can eat ALL YOU CAN EAT STRAWBERRIES WHILE YOU PICK THEM. If you are going with a family with kids – I would still buy the $20 bucket and share that with 2 kids and then if you have more kids buy the smaller $10 bucket which gives you bucket and 1 person admission. There are rules though – you can’t overfill the bucket where they keep falling out – still be courteous and respectful of these fields!

There were soooooo many strawberries – I was in STRAWBERRY HEAVEN. They were so juicy and sweet and so delicious omg writing about it makes me want to eat all of the ones I picked right now (but i can’t… saving them for a cake). Steven thought picking strawberries was going to be boring but i think he had more fun than me! We filled our bucket until we could

n’t put anymore in and when we were done the lady at the stand guessed it was about 8 pounds.. 8 POUNDS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR $20 AND ALL YOU CAN EAT.

Best tips on finding the best strawberries:

  • Go alllll the way to the top
  • If you want to eat them right away – avoid white because they still need time to grow
  • LOOK FOR BUGS on the strawberries before you eat any
  • If you plan on using the strawberries a couple of days later – go for the ones that have some white on them because they will ripen in your kitchen
  • If you have bad luck finding good strawberries KEEP LOOKING cuz they are out there.

So if you’re in the Carlsbad/San Diego area from April – July… GO TO THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS!!! You won’t regret it!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Lions, Tigers, Bears, OH MY!

Over Winter break, Steven and I went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California! We went with Steven’s sister Kelly, her husband Greg & their kids Ryan and Briella. It was a great day to be at the zoo because all of the animals were awake!

Santa got me a Canon Rebel EOS T5 Camera (Or whatever you call it) for Christmas so I brought my camera to the zoo to take photos of all the animals! It came with a zoom lens so when we got on the tram the photos turned out SO GREAT with the zoom lens. We saw Rhinos, Giraffes (my favorite), Antelope, flamingos and tons of other animals that I don’t remember what they’re called but it was SO COOL. I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a little girl so it was fun reliving those childhood memories.

One of the funniest parts of our zoo trip was when we were feeding the Lorikeets AKA they look like parrots. We bought this $4 nectar so we can feed them and to enter into the Lorikeet cage, you had to go through 2 gates.  One gate had to be closed at all times.  So we entered the first game and since the first gate was opened because more people were filing in the 2nd gate to the actual cage was locked in…. THEN Steven and I just felt this huge drop of something wet and gross and this lorikeet literally just dumped on us!!! I just started screaming and the worker in the cage said “you’re in the wrong place if you don’t want to get pooped on!!” UGH haha it was horrible. But, then we started feeding the lorikeets and got some good photos so then I was fine about that.  We still had to dodge all the birds peeing on the trees. We got out of there fast after feeding them!

Then we saw the gorillas and the baby gorilla was jumping around and playing on the ropes! It was so fun to watch them interact with each other.  It was like one big happy family of gorillas 🙂

The zoo was awesome with Steven and his sister Kelly & her family! You can also pay for more adventures like caravan rides & feed the giraffes, or “roar & sleep” where you can go camping with the wild animals!! One day I want to do that with Steven and our family once we have kids. I recommend going to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park anytime of the year!! Enjoy the photos!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

P.S. Sorry for the bad quality photos – the file size was too big and it was taking foreverrrrr to upload so I had to shrink them 😦

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