I woke up on a Saturday (10/15/2015) with a sudden urge to explore. I didn’t know where I wanted to go but I knew I had to visit some place new. I checked by Bucket Travel List and found Leo Carrillo Ranch. This place was recommended by AnaKaren. Thank you AnaKaren for recommending this place I should have visited it sooner.
I got my cameras ready and headed to the ranch. I had no idea who Leo Carrillo was but apparently he was very famous in his time. After some quick research online and a short video at the visitor center, I begin to admire this man. Not for his movies or his television series but for what he did for California and preserving its beauty. He worked for California Beaches and Parks Commission at some point in his life. During that time he was a key factor in the acquisition of Hearst Castle, he helped developed Los Angeles Olvera Street complex and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. After visiting all three attractions I am truly thankful that men like Leo Cabrillo were able to set aside these beautiful locations for everyone to see.
When I arrived to the Ranch it seemed empty due to the size. I entered the visitor center and I was greeted by a friendly staff who gave me information about the ranch and allowed me to see a 10-minute video. After the short film, I walked alone and just took my time. I did go on the free tour guide because I know I wanted to sit down and admire the ranch. Since this place is used for wedding receptions, the pool area of the ranch as well as the cabana were being occupied by the wedding planner and set up crew. I was not able to access that area however I did take photos from far away. I did enjoy my time there, it was truly relaxing and did not have the feel of a tourist attraction, it was more like an invitation to someone’s ranch. I saw several people take food to enjoy a picnic on the ranch grounds. I highly recommend this since it is a quiet place to enjoy a nice meal.