Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Born Free - The Beauty That Surrounds Us

Born free, as free as the wind blows. As free as the grass grows. Born free to follow your heart. Live free and beauty surrounds you. The world still astounds you. Each time you look at a star. Stay free, where no walls divide you. You're free as the roaring tide. So there's no need to hide,..."
Andy Williams sang this beautiful and powerful song that has become one of my favorite song to sing ever since I was a kid. Nowadays ,I often sing this song as a lullaby to my children. I sang it to my daughter last night.

Andy Williams menyanyikan lagu diatas dengan sangat indah dan lagu tersebut menjadi salah satu lagu favorite saya sejak saya kecil. Saat ini, saya menyanyikan lagu tersebut sebagai lagu tidur untuk anak-anak saya. Semalam, saya juga menyanyikan lagu ini untuk anak saya.

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I have been living in California for almost 12 years.  I love the land that I was born in, Indonesia and its beauty, and the richness of its cultures, but since 4 years ago,  I start to fall in love with California, the land where my two children were born in. 

Saya tinggal di California hampir selama 12 tahun. Saya sangat mencintai tanah kelahiran saya, Indonesia dan segala kenindahan dan kekayaan budaya-nya, tetapi sejak empat tahun terakhir saya mulai jatuh cinta sama California, tanah tempat anak-anak saya dilahirkan.
The view of our city from the mountain

We live in the suburb of Los Angeles. Our city is neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica Mountains. Santa Monica Mountain is a mountain range in Southern California, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in the United States. So technically we are surrounded the big city, the mountain and the ocean. We can easily drive to all direction within less than 30 minutes away.

Kami tinggal di pinggiran (suburb) kota Los Angeles (Bayangkan Jakarta, kami tinggal di Lenteng Agung). Kota tempat tinggal kami berbatasan dengan bukit-bukit atau pegunungan Santa Monica. Pegunungan Santa Monica adalah bukit-bukit yang mengitari lautan pacific di bagian tenggara California sepanjang lautan Pacific. Secara teknikal, tempat tinggal kami dikelilingi kota besar (Los Angeles), pegunugan dan lautan (pantai).Kami dapat dengan mudah menyetir ke tempat tersebut dalam waktu lebih kurang dari 30 menit.

We love to explore new places and  I suggested our family to visit the state park that we often heard but never really explored it. So off we went last Saturday. The park called Malibu Creek State Park, it's only 15 minutes by driving from our house. We had a little detour on our way to the park. Siri (on the Iphone) misdirected us but because of that, we were able to see a different side of the mountain which is totally gorgeous and breathtaking. Up by the mountain, there is a small town that we have never seen before. A town with big nice houses where wealthy people live, there is a lake, cabins and houses up in the hill with the view that overlooks the Pacific Ocean (Malibu and Santa Monica beach).
Kami suka bereksplorasi dan saya pun mengusulkan keluarga saya untuk mengunjungi taman natural yang sering saya dengar tetapi tidak pernah saya kungjungi. Taman tersebut bernama Malibu Creek State Park, yang hanya berjarak sekitar 15 menit dengan menyetir dari rumah kami. Kami sempat nyasar karena Siri tidak memberikan perkiraan yang tepat. Tetapi karen hal tersebut, sebelum tiba di taman, kami sempat mengeklorasi sebuah kita kecil di atas bukit yang sangat indah pemandangannya. Kota kecil dengan rumah-rumah besar yang sangat bagus dimana orang-orang kaya (bahkan celebrity) tinggal, ada danau, ada banyak kamin dan rumah-rumah diatas bukit yang memiliki pemandangan ke samudera pasifik (pantai Santa Monica dan Malibu). 

Malibu Creek State Park is over 7,000 acres of beautiful scenery that is truly spectacular. There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. What makes the park so great?  Dramatic, jagged peaks, stunning canyon vistas, oak woodlands, rolling hills of tall grass, a large volcanic swimming hole and the animals. That said, there are so many things we can do at this park; jogging, hiking, trailing, rock climbing, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, bird watching or just simply be there enjoying the nature like what we did. 

I just couldn't believe we missed this park after living in this city for over 12 years. It's like a hidden gem in a glamorous city of LA, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Pacific Palisade. 
This park was also used for the location of the legendary TV show M*A*S*H

We all had a good time. My children love the creek. They got their feet wet. They were hoping to swim there someday. When we went there last Saturday it was still too cold to dive into the water. To our surprise, on the way back home, we saw a skeleton of an animal. Not sure it was, it could be a fox or a coyote.

Malibu Creek State Park memiliki luas lebih dari 7000 acre atau sekitar 3000 hektar dengan pemandangan yang indah dan specatular. Taman ini memiliki sekitar aliran sungai kecil yang dapat kita selusuri sepanjang 25 kilometer. Apa yang bagus soal taman ini? landscape nya, bukit bukit, pepohonan oaks, rumput yang tinggi an hijau sepanjang tahun dan danau kecil dari pegunungan. Karena itu pulalah taman ini sangat cocok untuk tempat jogging, hiking, trailing, panjat gunung, bersepeda, kayak, berkuda, camping, melihat burung-buring atau untuk sekedar menikmati alam seperti yang kami lakukan.

Taman ini juga dijadikan lokasi shooting salah satu TV show terkenal Amerika, M*A*S*H


Kami memiliki waktu yang menyenangkan. Anak-anak sangat menyukai aliran sungai kecil di taman tersebut. Mereka membasahi kaki mereka. Suatu hari ketika cuaca sudah agak panas, kami berencana untuk berenang disana. Kejutan kecil saat kami berjalan kembali menuju tempat parkir, kami melihat tengkorak binatang. Kami tidak tahu binatang apa tepatnya.  Mungkin rubah atau cayote (anjing gunung kecil).


The creek

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Diving into the "cold" water. Salud!


This is fun for us. We try to step on the rocks so our shoes won't get wet.




We saw this on the way back to our car. Not sure what it is. Maybe skeleton of a fox or a coyote?




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As we were walking along enjoying the beauty that surrounds us, I was humming Born Free because I do feel free. 

Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart
Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star
Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide
Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide
Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free












6 comments:

  1. Ya ampun emaaakkk...cakep banged...so beautiful...halah sok enggris...hehe..
    Keren ya makkl..hadoohhh..pemandangannya bener2 surga dunia...
    Tfs yak :)

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    1. Bener, bagus Inda. Kayak di film-film koboi :)

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  2. What a beautiful picture mom... I love it. Make me fell like in LA. You know... cause I read it and look your beautiful pictures, I really want to go to LA.. (hope, my English is not too bad) Good Job, Mom.

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    1. Your English is good. Keep reading my story. I will share more about California especially LA. :)

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  3. wow... what a beautiful view, I like it :)

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