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 touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Most Incredible Day

Wednesday night our son came down to spend the evening with us and to celebrate my birthday. We went to San Marcos, our favorite restaurant in Pine Mountain. We came back and had cake & ice cream. Stephen decided to spend the night since he was off the next day, so when we got up the next day, we decided to go to Callaway Gardens Resort. The temps were mid 70’s and the sky was clear blue with a gentle breeze. When we got there, it was like we had the gardens to ourselves. We first went to the Discovery Center which is the jumping off place for your visit to the gardens. From there we went to Champions restaurant, the eatery at the golf course. We had a wonderful lunch and a great time visiting while we ate. Years ago I was the recreational food and beverage manager at the gardens so it was nice to see some friends there again. After leaving the restaurant, we walked through Callaway’s Victory Garden. They had all sorts of plant varieties as well as a great vegetable and herb garden. The resort restaurants utilize the herbs from the garden in their foods. After a beautiful walk through the vegetable garden, we took a casual drive to the Butterfly Center. This is a climate controlled indoor sanctuary for butterflies of all varieties. We walked through the center and had butterflies light on our hair and we just enjoyed our time there. After leaving the butterfly center, we went to the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel. Its beauty is in its simplicity and in its setting that intrigues you to spend a few moments in quiet reflection. It is such an incredible ambience there; we did not want to leave. Gerri’s brother, Larry was married there years ago. From there, our day moved us to visit the Sibley Center. This is a garden/greenhouse that covers five acres of native and exotic plants. There is always something colorful and beautiful there as the displays change 7 to 8 times a year. By the time we finished touring the Sibley Center we were mellowed out so much we decided to return to our motor home and chillax in our recliners under our awning. Stephen had to leave since he had to go to work the next day, so with such a fullness of joy in our hearts for such an incredible day, we parted ways and said goodnight to our son. Wow, what a day.
Just as we thought our day could not get any better, as we were sitting under our awning, some newly acquired friends, Dave & Norma Barker came down and visited with us for the evening. We met them a few days ago when they came to the campground on their way back to Florida. We enjoyed our time together and they are indeed a wonderful couple. It is true; you meet some of the nicest people in the campground. Needless to say, we slept great last night.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you had the best continuation of your birthday celebration...How nice to spend it in such beautiful gardens and with your son. Yes I agree 100% that you meet the nicest people when camping...

    Have Fun & Travel Safe


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