||Pond at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.|
Cecilia and Michael Obenland went to the arboretum with their father, Harold Edwin Obenland lots of times.
||Another View of the Queen Ann Cottage|
This was taken from the other side of the lagoon.
||The lagoon at the Los Angeles County Arboretum|
||The Queen Anne Cottage|
Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin, was the founder of Arcadia. In about 1875, he purchased the 8,000 acres known as Santa Anita Rancho. Here he built this home, which was completed in 1886. It's the epitome of a Victorian cottage. The Queen Anne Cottage and its grounds are part of the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia.
Cecilia always said this is the kind of house she would want to live in.
||Statue of the Legendary Seabiscuit|
This statue sits outside the entrance to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The park sits at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Dr. When Cecilia was a child, she lived across the street from Santa Anita. Racing started the day after Christmas and she thought that they planned it that way to discourage kids from riding their new bicycles they got on Christmas Day!
She also used to go to the park early on Saturday mornings to watch the horses being exercised. She fell in love with horses and eventually when she had a family of her own and they moved to the desert, they all had horses.
The parking lot at the race track was huge. Michael had model airplanes with gas engines that were attached to a string. Their dad used to take them to the parking lot at the race track to fly the planes.
||Peacock at the Los Angeles County Arboretum|
"Lucky" Baldwin imported peacocks to his Santa Anita Rancho. They still live in the Arboretum and the area surrounding it. Just to the north and west of the Arboretum is a street called Rodeo Rd. Harold used to take Michael and Cecilia to Rodeo Rd. so they could feed the peacocks bread.