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Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
A few days ago we received an email from Judy (Travels with Emma) that she was going to be in the area and wanted to get together and meet each other. We all decided that meeting at Callaway Gardens would make for an exciting day.
We arrived as the Gardens opened up and the weather was still pleasantly cool. We were in the lobby of The Discovery Center and recognized Judy as she walked toward the building…it was the perfect time for greeting hugs. Conversation flowed easily as it often does with fellow bloggers.
After walking around the Center, we decided it might be easier to take Judy on the driving tour and short walks since her back was giving her some problems. It was a joy for us to share the Gardens with Judy. Our first stop was at Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center (founder of Days Inn of America).
We walked through the center and saw many different butterflies and even had one light on the shoulder of this young lady (Judy )
Our next stop was the Callaway Chapel nestled in the woods right in front of a lake. This is such a serene place and always a joy to come experience this each time. On our drive to the Chapel, we passed this coyote browsing around and couldn’t resist getting his picture.
Ten years before his death, Cason Callaway planned the Chapel and spent many days walking the land looking for the perfect place to build it. He found that special spot and finalized the plans just one week before his death.
We next toured the Sibley Horticultural Center. This indoor and outdoor garden area flows together in a natural flow from inside to outside covering 5 acres of native and exotic plants.
On our way to Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, we passed Robin Lake Beach where The Master’s Water Ski Championship tournament will be held this weekend. This garden is the Southern setting for the PBS show, The Victory Garden. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers are all grown here.
After our tour of the Victory Garden, we headed back to our beginning point and decided to go into Pine Mountain and eat at a local restaurant called The Whistling Pig. They make their hamburgers fresh and they also have some good barbecue and other local favorites on the menu from which to choose. When we finished and visited a little more, it was time to go. We enjoyed our time visiting with Judy and really enjoyed the opportunity to share Callaway Gardens with her. We gave our see you later hugs and thought how nice it was to meet and spend time with a blogger with whom we have communicated with over the past couple of years. Thanks for letting us “show you around” Judy.
This week we had special friends stop by for an overnight visit. Randy and Terry Guiler parked at Cracker Barrel and we picked them up to visit and eat supper with us on their travel day. As soon as we arrived, there were big hugs and much laughter. We picked up where we left off a year ago as though we hadn’t missed a day. That’s what good friends do.
When we got to the house, we visited for a while and then sat down to a good old fashion barbecue dinner. We all filled ourselves and then prematurely celebrated Terry’s birthday with a song and cake. After dinner we sat and talked and laughed until about 10:15pm…time moves fast when you’re with good friends catching up on what’s been going on. So we took them back to their fiver and told them we would meet them the next morning for a Cracker Barrel breakfast…yum!
When we got their Randy and Terry were already inside sipping coffee. After a long breakfast and more visiting, we did our see you later hugs and shed some tears. It is always grand seeing and visiting friends and even more grand that you can pick up as if you hadn’t missed a beat.
Gerri & I so enjoyed our time visiting with Randy and Terry and thank them for stopping by on their travels.