Friday, May 31, 2013

Vacation Day 8

Our destination for the day was Callaway Gardens. 
 I have wanted to visit the Gardens for years so it is really exciting that we are actually able to go.

Our first stop inside the gardens was to view the raptor show.


This red tailed hawk is named "Gwyn".  Shortly after I took this picture, Gwyn decided that he was done and flew across the lake in the background to an obliging tree.  That was the end of the raptor show since all of the handlers then had to go capture Gwyn.  It was fun while it lasted, and we got to view an indoor show later in the day.

Our next stop was the pioneer log cabin.


Bob and James at the cabin well


Next stop, butterfly garden



These were outside.  You might notice how much fun Papa is having with this.
Then, we went inside to see the tropical butterflies.  


This butterfly really liked Matthew's hand.


This one checked out Jonathan's knee for quite a while.


Finally, Nonnie's purse was of great interest to this one.

After the butterflies, we went to have a picnic.


After lunch we went to Mr. Cason's vegetable garden. 
 I got so many great ideas for our garden at home!


There is a little water feature right by Kristin with water lilies and water iris.   I had these before we moved a few years ago, and I miss them. 


Nonnie and Papa the day before their 51st anniversary!


Doesn't that look inviting?

Next stop, the memorial chapel.  This was quite humorous since we got quite lost in the garden trying to find it.  Sadly, once we finally got there, there was a wedding rehearsal going on inside so we couldn't see it all.  The outside was quite beautiful, though.

After the chapel, it was time to go back to the campground for a little swimming before a late dinner.


Helena


The ABC trio


Matthew helping James learn to float.

Tomorrow we pack up again and head out. 
We'll see if we can do any better trying to leave on time.






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