A field trip with friends is not only fun and relaxing, it also stimulates the brain.
This month I've gone on two outings, the first was a trip my friend and former co-worker Barb planned, which included a walking tour through the Monticello Sculpture Gardens on the historic campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.
The college's 2016 "Gardens Through the Looking Glass," Summer Garden show, celebrates the 150-year anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” books.
The college offers free guided tours, or you can do as our group did, and visit the sculpture gardens on your own at your own pace.
According to their website, "The Monticello Sculpture Gardens have been designated by Missouri Botanical Garden as one of their Signature Gardens in Illinois. Here, the traditional edges between art and landscape blend to create a seamless partnership between sculptor and landscape architect."
Here are some photos from the trip.
I'm taking a photo through the looking glass
with my friend Patty waving and looking on
Here's a lovely centerpiece fountain with an egret
and some of the many limestone buildings in the background
|My sister Kathleen and I take time for a photo op|
|A fountain surrounded by flowers - delightful!|
Breathtaking sculpture of Sacajawea
carrying her child on her back
A bit of history about the original Monticello Female Seminary,
founded in 1838 by Captain Benjamin Godfrey, who championed
education for females
Horticulture Manager Ethan Braasch took time to
highlight some features of the gardens
My friends and fellow co-workers: Fran, Nancy, JoAnn,
Judy, Barb, Kathleen (my sister), Donna (me), and Patty
If you're interested in learning about the history of the Monticello Female Seminary, here's a link to the Monti Memories blog.
After our sculpture garden tour we took a quick drive across the street and met up with two more friends, where we enjoyed lunch at the magnificent Josephine's Tea Room and Gift Shop, I had the special quiche, salad, and lobster bisque soup, after which I was as full as a tick. For dessert, I bought a slice of lemon meringue pie to go. On the drive home, we stopped at one of the many roadside farmers markets along the way, where farmers displayed freshly picked tomatoes, watermelons, peaches, and other delights.
The field trip to Godfrey with my friends was a wonderful way to feed my mind, body, and soul.
How about you? Have you had any interesting field trips or vacations this summer that inspired you?