I’m loving this idea already. This past weekend I got excited on Sunday night, knowing that on Tuesday I could spend an unlimited amount of time wandering around the world and getting lost. After debating over a few places to visit, I decided to go back to Dawes Arboratum, which I visited last summer for the first time. Last summer’s visit was kind of a weird one, because it was the day after a HUGE storm (which I now know was called a derecho) blew through Ohio. Driving to Dawes was tricky enough, because going through the small town that it’s in was like driving through an obstacle course… tree branches, power lines, pieces of houses, you name it, it was everywhere. Then when I got there, the place was pretty much torn apart. I’m guessing half of the workers that were there trying to clean everything up weren’t even supposed to be there. There were even portapotties that had been turned upside down.
This summer’s visit was much more peaceful. It was a beautiful sunny day, there weren’t that many people there, everything was just perfect. Just thinking about it right now makes me want to go back. The grounds are so diverse, with everything from a Japanese garden to farmland to a redwood forest to open fields full of wildflowers… and woods. I put in my headphones, got lost in the music, and got lost at Dawes, for almost four hours. Here are some of the things I saw: