Get off the Couch, Get Out of the House, Episode #3

I had Monday off which was such a treat.  I didn't realize how much I needed a day off until I had one!  I went to bed early and slept in, getting up at 6:30. Yes I know that is early but it works for me. I got my exercise in (I am loving Barre 3 which I do online 6 days a week!), did a little computer work, ran to the post office and then made it out to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It has been on my list of things to do in Austin and I finally got there.  Mrs Johnson founded the center in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes.  Filled with planned gardens, a 16-acre arboretum, and 4 miles of trails, it is a well-tended beautiful place to visit.  It was 75 degrees, blue sky, and perfect for walking outside.  Sadly it is too early for many of the plants to be in bloom but it was still just what I needed. 

Despite the perfect weather I almost had the place to myself.  I saw almost no one on the hiking trails, and was able to just listen to the birds and enjoy the sun.  They told me there was a horned owl nesting in one of the tall planters but I could not see him.  I did see a beautiful cardinal, and my favorite, turtles. 

I loved the flowers on all the wooden fences.

The planned gardens and buildings are beautiful.  The local limestone is used throughout.  There is also a carriage house that is now a gallery and event space, that was moved to the location from somewhere near UT by a Dallas philanthropist.  I want to be like her!  Doesn't she look spunky? Her picture is in the slideshow below.  They were having an exhibit of paper sculptures that were amazing.  Water colored paper cut and created into displays of wildflowers and wildlife. The pictures don't begin to capture it. 

There was a grove of trees filled with swings. This was my favorite part. I sat there for 30 minutes, just sitting.  I actually laid down on one swing they were so big, and just looked up into the old oaks.  I could have stayed there all day but a few families came to enjoy the swings as well.  I also loved that out in the woods they had some wind chimes high up in the trees.  Like music in the middle of nowhere! 

And here are the last few pictures.  I hope you enjoyed the visit with me!  I can only imagine what it is like when the trees are all filled with leaves and the beds filled with flowering plants.  Maybe I can get back one more time before I move! 

And last but certainly not least, this is the message on the back of the menu in the cafe.  Wise words for us all to live by!