OUR FINAL DESINATION

Wrong Turns – When was the last time you got lost? Was it an enjoyable experience, or a stressful one? Tell us all about it.


It was late in the day when we rolled into Gettysburg. Tired, ready for a shower and a meal, we asked Richard our faithful GPS to take us to the nearest motel. We followed his directions carefully.

main street Gettysburg

It was our first visit to the area. Road-weary, we were too exhausted to deal with getting lost and we were (are) often lost. Diligently, we followed Richard’s directions.

After a few turns and one long straightaway, Richard announced in his loud, clear voice: “You have reached your destination!” Indeed we had, though it was not the one we had it mind.

As far as we could see lay miles of tombstones. Richard had brought us to our ultimate destination, what must have been Gettysburg’s largest modern cemetery. It stretched for miles.

Who knew our GPS had a sense of humor? We didn’t stop laughing until we finally found the EconoLodge.

CATALPA, ASTILBE AND …

Hurricane Sandy took out my favorite catalpa tree a couple of years ago and I thought I had forever lost those beautiful flowers. But there was another youngster waiting in the wings and this years, it has bloomed, as magnificent as ever. My absolutely all time favorite trees.

In another garden surprise, the white astilbe survived the winter and has returned to brighten our summer garden. Only the white ones made it. The pink, red and blue ones are apparently fatalities of the ugly winter of 2013-14. I was glad to see these. One of the few flowers that will bloom in shade, these are planted in the woods on the other side of the driveway, not far from the Solomon’s Seal.

As the season progresses, maybe the garden will hold additional surprises. I hope so!