We’ve been taking field trips lately. Literally, trips to fields! It’s wonderful to see open areas after seeing far too much of enclosed spaces. I was surprised to feel so much excitement at the prospect of discovering outdoor destinations offering social distancing and views of something other than our neighborhood.
The first expedition was Highland Orchards for corn, apples and some peach picking. It was a welcome drive through beautiful open spaces, a nice change of scenery and we brought our hand-picked items home. Highland Orchards have their social distancing act together. Visitors register on-line for a time slot and must wear masks, as do employees. Hand sanitizing precedes every interaction with humans and produce. There are port-o-potties for those travelling from a distance. Prices vary but you pay for what you pick. Every month, something new ripens so we’ll be heading back.
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is free and open every day 9:00AM – 7:00PM. One-way directional signage and limited parking in designated spots reduce the number of visitors. Social distancing and mask wearing near other visitors is mandatory. There are lots of path options, either short or long and shade walks are an option. The wildlife seem comfortable with visitors. A chipmunk stopped right in front of us to have a snack. Restrooms are closed.
Visiting Chanticleer is always a celebration for our eyes. What’s new along with the ever-changing gardens are arrows on some paths, encouraging social distancing. We encountered children and adults not following directional signs and it wasn’t always easy to move out of the way. Bathrooms are open. Admission fees apply.
Shofuso Japanese House, features a large pond with koi, beautifully landscaped in a tranquil setting. From the moment we entered, it felt peaceful. Paths are clearly marked with directional arrows and everyone wore masks on the afternoon we visited. We bought a small cup of fish food and enjoyed feeding the magnificent koi while we decompressed by the pond. Shoes aren’t permitted in the house and disposable socks are provided if needed. Bathrooms onsite are open. Admission fees apply.
Coming up is a trip to Longwood Gardens. Longwood has timed tickets to ensure social distancing. You can visit virtually right now, getting a butterfly’s view, with this amazing drone video.
Loving the great outdoors,