Our first storm of the fall season was supposed to land today, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds up to forty miles an hour. It still may. But this morning I decided to brave what looked like ordinary rain and headed to Soos Creek Botanical Garden for a walk.
I’m so glad I did. It was exquisite.
After the rain showers this week, I visited the lovely Soos Creek Botanical Garden today. It was a rather spontaneous decision, made while drinking my latte at the Starbucks next to the gym where I was supposedly headed next. But the rain had stopped. Fresh air and a walk would be better than the treadmill, wouldn’t it? Of course it would! And I’d only been to the Soos Creek Garden once before, even though it’s only a thirty minute drive down the road. Time for another visit.
A few volunteers were the only ones I saw as I walked through the Carlmas Long Borders promenade, the centerpiece of the garden. The grass was still wet and the flowers fresh with raindrops from the day before. Beautiful color exploded on each side.
Afterwards I wandered on paths through native woods, including a cedar grove and alder grove, and made my way down to the creek.
I headed back up to where I started, to the top of the expansive lawn where the Schaefer Pond Garden was peaceful and serene.
Soos Creek Botanical Garden is 22 acres of garden and woodlands, exactly the size of the Tiffany Park Woods that are currently being destroyed in my neighborhood. I guess it’s some consolation to know I can visit the lovely Botanical Garden for a safe and scenic walk in the woods.
Before leaving, I bought some plants, dropping my money in the donation box, and went home to find a place for them in my yard.
Much better than the gym I have to admit.