Sweet husband and I went to a botanical garden last week. May I say, it was spectacular?!
It is the end of the season, but we still had many types of grasses, moss, trees and bushes (many we had never seen before). There were several types of flowers still blooming, herbs and vegetables, plus fountains, water falls, ponds, chipmunks and many butterflies. They had a children’s garden (probably my favorite part) complete with scarecrows, a tree house, an art/reading room, ponds and bridges.
After walking through the formal, vegetable and children’s garden we headed off through the woods to the “natural” setting; you know trails thru the woods, along a lake, with boulders and tree/bush identifying signs, etc. The canopy housed many birds, more chipmunks and delightfully, beautifully colored leaves drifting to the ground like fairies marking the path before you. We walked down the trail toward the lake, the leaves were brilliant, the lake was smooth, showing a beautiful reflection of the tree colors on the other side. It was amazingly peaceful and beautiful/ So much so that I actually didn’t realize I had been walking down into this dark forest for quite a distance…THEN we turned a corner… OMGosh I realized we would be walking BACK UP this looooooooong, winding hill. There was no one else around us (no one was stupid enough to go on that long trek with rain threatening). At that point I realized and said to my sweet husband with the appropriate panic in my voice, “If we die here trying to climb this hill, no one will find until the spring!”
About two-thirds of the way up this mountain we crossed a road (I use that word very loosely) and we saw signs pushing us onward across this “road”. Out of the corner of my eye, a few feet up the “road” I saw a bench and what looked like a laarg golf cart parked by it. Thank you, Jesus! I am saved. Sweet husband kept going up the path because he wanted to see the promised water fall at the end of the trail. My new best friend drove me the final third of the way back in his wonderful chariot (golf cart). After my best friend dropped me at the top of the hill, I sent him back to find sweet husband – success.
Lunch and coffee were available at the visitor’s center. We have been sufficiently strengthened for yet another day and another quest.