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July 15, 2015 - We didn't have to travel far for today's adventure since we only had to go to nearby Riverside to see the University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens.  Nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the UC Riverside Campus, the Gardens cover 40 very hilly acres and its trails wander over four miles.  The Gardens is a living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.

This is a Boojum tree, native to Mexico.

These are Quiver trees from South Africa.

These flowers were in the Butterfly Garden.

This is a Dragon tree, from the Cayman Islands.

This is the Alder Canyon floor, which is the best known area of the Gardens because it is cool and shaded.

After our hike it was time to eat at one of our favorite restaurants in Riverside, Giuliano's Trattoria.  We hadn't been here in awhile and today provided a good opportunity to rectify that fact.  I had their eggplant parmesan and Judy had their manicotti and it was as good as it always is.

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