Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens

Last week Fionn had a rare day off, so we decided to drive over to Callaway Gardens and enjoy some natural beauty. 

Callaway Gardens is an enormous public garden and resort near Pine Mountain, GA. They have lots of things to do, from a beach to kayaking, biking, walking trails, animal watching, and much more. If you'd like to stay longer, they have a resort with lodging, great meals, and spa packages. It's a great place to be outside in a beautiful natural setting and you can make the day as active as you like. 

If you're active duty or retired military, then you and your spouse can enter the park for FREE. If you want to learn more, check out their military section of their website.

For us, we just wanted to take a walk together, enjoy something beautiful, and recharge from a busy week.

We drove around for a while, admiring the scenery, before parking the car and walking from the Discovery Center (where you can see birds of prey demonstrations) and taking the walking trail over to the Butterfly Center. It was a about a 1.5 mile walk, which was just enough on a hot summer day.

My parents used to bring us to this place when I was a kid, and I made sure to recreate a circa 1998 goofy picture with the butterfly sign to send to my mom and brother. It was really fun bringing Fionn to a place where I had so many good memories.

The butterflies inside LOVED Fionn! They kept flying around him (thought they rarely stopped long enough for us to get a picture). Maybe he smells good to butterflies?

After our walk, we drove over to the beach and planned to dip our feet in, but rain had other plans. 

Good excuse for another visit, right?

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