My Attempt to Visit Star Fleet Academy

I recently turned an appointment in San Francisco into a road trip from Oregon to Arizona. I was traveling by myself, so it was a great opportunity to visit places on my star trek vacation list. However, the weather was not cooperating, and I spent my time in San Francisco in pouring rain and high winds. Being an Oregonian, the bad weather did not deter me!

The only real disappointment of the trip was my failed attempt to visit the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles. This building, and its surrounding Japanese garden, are the iconic Star Fleet Academy building and grounds. Due to the torrential rains, the Japanese garden was closed because it was too wet to be considered safe. Despite that, I probably wouldn’t have been able to enter since I had not purchased an entry ticket into the Japanese garden for that day. To ensure a successful visit, visit their website and purchase an entry ticket for the time you will be there.

From the adjacent park, I could see the top of the building over the stone wall that surrounds the facility. That was as close as I came to seeing that iconic sight. I will be taking another trip in November, so I will try again, and I will buy my ticket!

Please be aware of the Garden Etiquette policy. This policy does not allow for any photography that is posed (e.g., no family pictures, selfies, etc.), AND does not allow wearing costumes during the visit. So, if your intention is to visit the Garden in your Star Fleet uniform and snap a photo, you will not be allowed to do so.

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