Saturday was my last day of vacation:
Amazingly we were off right on time--7:30 am, and there were deer out grazing as I made my goodbye from my uncle's wonderful place. Once I got sorted out after various wrong turns, we made great time back to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel, and stopped at the same overlook we'd visited our first day. Stopped at the gift shop on the bridge 3.5 miles from the southern coast to get a free drink, check out the shop, and savor the view.
The reason we'd headed out so early when my flight didn't leave until 2 pm was because we wanted to visit the Norfolk Botanical Garden. By the time we got there, we had only around two hours, and the place was so big and magnificent we hardly did it any justice (nor did the scorching sun and sweltering heat help). The hydrangea garden was a real treat as they were in full bloom this time of year. So was the butterfly garden, and I was quite pleased with some of my photos there.
Then came the flight home; one treat was the descent into Chicago, with azure Lake Michigan below speckled with the white triangle 'confetti' of hundreds of sailboats and yachts. Beautiful!
My cats were quite happy to have me back, none of the 19 seashells crammed in my luggage broke, and while today was full of laundry, cleaning, catch-up, and setting up my summer bed, I'm happy to have the time before heading back to work. Very grateful for Frogmouth too, as there was very little journaling to catch up on, and only four butterfly photos left to name.
Once again, all of the photos and a few not linked in the posts can be seen here. It was a wonderful vacation!
It was incredible! They had 300 plants, with around 200 different cultivars, and most of them were blooming. I wish we'd had more time to just savor it. There were some huge, gorgeous bushes in the town of Onancock as well.
I'm getting more fond of hydrangeas year by year; a pity so many varieties can't handle the Minnesota winter.
I can certainly see why you wanted so much to visit the botanical garden. Very lovely indeed! Do you think you'll get a chance to go back some time and see it when there's cooler weather?
Still, for all the sights, it is lovely to be home, isn't it?
I wish I could have spent a day there--it's fantastic! While I would love to visit in either the spring or especially the fall, timing is dictated by when my uncle is staying in Virginia (rather than with his girlfriend in New York). We'll see. =)
It is nice to be home, and with my cats again. =)