Outside the entrance
(No flash photography was allowed and Philip didn't take many pics inside)
While Philip and Keenan were gone, Moriah, Caleb and I watched an episode of "Nailed It" on Netflix. A hilarious baking show where contestants are given a time limit to copy, to the best of their ability, some elaborate creation. The winner gets $10,000.
I got in a short nap while the kids watched a couple episodes of other shows, and then we walked to lunch...
A selfie with some of the beautiful ivy on the way
We decided to eat at Dupont Italian Kitchen - it was delicious and fun!
After, we stopped by McDonald's for chocolate shakes for the kids and an iced coffee for me
We met Philip and Keenan back at the house after they had lunch at Shake Shack and then picked up a ZipCar and drove to the National Arboretum (another place Philip had never visited during past trips to DC because it is well off any MetroRail stop).
Zipcars are rented by the hour, we used them a few times while we were here
Such a pretty trail!
Us pink girls
This bush had two different colors growing on the same bush!
Some of them looked like this!
Fun artsy shot
A pretty little pond we found
It was FULL of frogs! We could probably see ten at a time!
Moving on to the Asian Trail...
I loved this tiny, curled fern!
I hadn't really understood much about the art of Bonsai before, but apparently you can take just about Any kind of tree, and through years and years of "training" they call it, you can groom and manipulate it into a miniature tree!
The gardens were quite beautiful
An Azaelea bonsai!
Keenan was more interested in reading in the shade ;)
This is a forest style bonsai
I think this one is perfect
This one blew us away - as the sign below says, it has been in training since 1625!!!
That blows my mind
The National Herb Garden was my favorite part of the day!
I don't remember what this fruit was called, but it looked Amazing!
Moriah took this for us, and if you look closely, you can see Caleb sneaking in the background
By this time we were all HOT and tired, and were ready to head for home. We had dinner and spent the evening packing up for our flight in the morning.
On Wednesday the 16th, we took our last metro ride, had two great flights back to Wichita, and rode our last escalator for a while... whew! It's good to be HOME!
What an amazing trip! I have to give Huge kudos to Philip for all of his extensive planning to make this trip possible and so full and rich for our family. We saw and experienced So much and we are so blessed and grateful! Love you, Babe!