I just got back from a trip out to IL visiting family, and thought I would share some of the highlights with you, foremost being the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.
Originally we had intended to go to the old Train Station in St. Louis, which years back was a really cool place filled with shops. As a kid, I used to love it. We drove down there, but only to find that it’s been shut down for 5 months for renovations, and may not be anything the same once it’s all finished. It was saddening, but these things happen.
We thought we could take a walk around the area, at least, and stretch our legs, but as we did, I began to realize there were no people around. A whole section of the city with very few people about was very unnerving, and there were several unfriendly-looking loners out on the street. So, needless to say, me and my mom high-tailed it out of there and got back in our car. We decided to visit the Botanical Gardens instead–a much better choice, if you ask me!
(Advice: Google places before visiting them from now on. 😉 )
Here are some of my favorite photos from these lovely gardens:
This plant is the Titan Arum, also known as the world’s most foul-smelling flower. It’s a rare sight, and I was thrilled to get to see it up close! It blooms and dies in one day, from what I understand, and if you happen to be there on that day, you’ll get to enjoy the sight of its beautiful petals as well as it’s revolting deathish smell. This tree is too cool. Has to be an Ent.A variety of lilies from around the globe were in bloom in the ponds!The Japanese “island” was closed, but the view from the bridge leading to it is so peaceful.These are part of the Japanese garden area.Moss evokes a feeling of “contemplative quietude” or so the sign said, and it unifies the landscape by growing where other plants cannot. It’s soft, squishy and pretty shades of green, so I like it. 🙂I’ve never seen a flower quite like this!Inside the Climatron, which is a moist tropical environment. It was surprisingly nice, the moisture making the air coolish despite the heat of day outside. Those are white orchids growing in their natural environment. I’ve always loved orchids, and it’s cool to see them how they would be out in the wild forests.These are flowers, weird like something from a Tim Burton movie, but I like them. 😉So concludes the gardens!
We’ve been doing this road trip out to IL for several years now, and have become acquainted with the route and found a few hidden gem stops along the way. This very old dam, now part of a rest-stop for drivers, is one we recently discovered. And what a beautiful place it made for our picnic lunch!
And this quaint shop Gems, down by the Eerie Canal’s edge, has become a favorite tradition. We always make time to stop in, and it’s a perfect place to take a break from the day’s driving.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of some of our trip! The rest of the time my mom and I spent with my grandma: taking her out to lunch every day, and sneaking ice cream from Dairy Queen (yes, I’m dairy free, so I had to take lactaid tablets, and wasn’t feeling so well from it by the end of the week, lol. But it was worth it! Grandma was having such a fun time. 😉 ). I got to spend quality time with a best buddy, and hang out with my cousin. So all in all, it was a great trip, and I’m looking forward to returning to IL next year!