I started out late on a Sunday morning, destined for Tranquil Tea Lounge located in "historic" (self-proclaimed) downtown Fullerton for an energizing brunch with which to fortify myself for the day's excursion. Tranquil Tea Lounge has a high Yelp rating, and I love tea so it was a win-win prospect. I wasn't disappointed. It's a great little eatery with an extensive tea selection and delicious food. I ordered from their Tranquil Tea Trio option after which I indulged in their scrumptious flourless chocolate cake for dessert. SO good. I definitely plan on returning.
|roast beef sandwich, organic greens, and lychee black tea|
|dark chocolate flourless cake w/ ganache & ice cream!|
I hung out a short while, and then I drove over to nearby Fullerton Museum. The museum is part of the Fullerton Museum Center, a plaza with a park and a children's playground. When I arrived at the museum center, I saw that it was likewise pretty subdued. There were a dozen or so people in the park and playground, but I was the sole patron in the museum while I was there.
|Fullerton Museum Center park|
Leo Fender Gallery, which features the life and career of Leo Fender, a lifelong Fullerton resident and the founder of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. I'd heard of Fender guitars but know nothing about them, yet I found the gallery pretty cool. I can imagine that a guitar enthusiast would find it much more so.
|Creepy Keith Richards poster greets visitors at the Fender Gallery.|
Fullerton Arboretum. This 26 acre botanical garden is in fact part of CSU Fullerton. It's a wonderful park in which to stroll and picnic. Streams and ponds dot the landscape, and I spotted cranes, ducks, and turtles. Best of all, the arboretum is free to the public, though donations are welcome.
|Bodhi Tree planted in honor of the Dalai Lama's visit in 2000.|
|sitting under the Bodhi Tree, waiting for enlightenment|
|I slowly made my way to the pictured bench where I had the chance to observe this gorgeous crane.|
I headed home after my dessert. It wasn't a heavy day of exploration, but I got a decent feel for Fullerton, and I plan on returning for Tranquil Tea Lounge and Fullerton Arboretum.