Somehow, between traveling and exploring other parks, we hadn't made it to the arboretum in over two months! Earlier this week, I was in a funk for no apparent reason, so it was clear that the only cure would be to visit our happy place.
On Wednesday morning, I set an alarm so we could be sure to get the arboretum before it got too warm and off we went. I am pretty sure if Barley were in a car with someone who had never been to the arboretum before she could direct them there all on her own. She knows each and every turn, has one bark for correct turns, and a panicky bark for wrong turns (which makes driving really fun when there are construction detours).
The heat of the last few days seemed to have disappeared and we had the most perfect day. We got to stroll through the display garden and enjoy the flowers that are blooming right now.
My favorite part, though, was doing the Strong Acres loop. I love the openness of the meadow and the skies were perfectly blue. We hadn't been to this part of the arboretum in ages--maybe over a year.
To get to this trail, you have to hop across Pierson Creek, which means going down impossibly long staircases and then hopping across rocks; in the summer, that's not too bad as long as there hasn't been much rain, but with my foot issues last summer, we'd skipped out on the stairs. I'm not brave enough to try it in the winter when ice is added into the mix, so it's been a while.
Even though it was a sunny day, it was only 72 degrees, so it was perfect for walking in the wide open spaces. We stopped in the few shady places for water breaks, but we completed the full 1-mile loop without ever feeling too hot.
There were also a lot of bees and butterflies that we got the pleasure of watching towards the end of our walk.
|There were also a lot of turtles enjoying the sunshine.|
We spent over two hours wandering through the woods, gardens, and meadow to complete a 5.8-mile walk. We ended the week at 30.03 miles.