With gas pushing 5 dollars a gallon, one thinks twice of jumping in the car and going for a "ride". But earlier this week I was restless and thought a ride would be a cheaper option than lets say shopping so off we went. Through the hills behind my home towards the Berkeley hills and Tilden Park, in search of a 1920's merry-g0-round. Over rolling green grass covered hills scattered with cattle and oak trees. A mist covered lake filled to the brim with spring run off that will provide plenty of drinking water for the summer months. When we got to the park we discovered the merry-go-round was closed. I had to peer into deep shadowed horses, reindeer,and various other animals-it looks fascinating and I plan to return. I did come upon a botanical garden that was full of early spring growth another place to revisit. I'm lucky the drive is so close to my house just out my back door and over a hill or two-not even 10 dollars worth! Have a Happy Easter.