A Nice Surprise Experience at Rancho Los Alamitos

Since we had lived in Southern California for many years, we were surprised to finally discover Rancho Los Alamitos -- it's a free historic ranch site and gardens located on Bixby Hill in Long Beach at the intersection of the 405 and 605 freeways.
Rancho Los Alamitos grounds and the Morton Bay Fig Tree
The tour of the fully restored adobe ranch house, all its furnishings, and the story of the people who lived there over 100 years ago is remarkably interesting, and the gardens are delightful. The enormous flowering cactus plants in the succulent garden are particularly spectacular. We’ve been to botanical gardens all over the southwest, and these are by far the most amazing cactus plants we’ve ever seen.
The formal garden
A small part of the succulent garden
The property we can see now is what’s left from a 1790 Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres (470 square miles), eventually used for cattle and horse ranching. The house actually has 3-foot-thick interior adobe walls but it looks like wood construction on the outside because one of the owners covered everything with wood when expanding the original house with additional rooms.
Rancho Los Alamitos adobe ranch house