• Kathryn Solee


Updated: Jun 10, 2020

“Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.”

Vincent van Gogh

During our telephone conversation yesterday, my mother commented she hadn’t received any photos lately. No need to offer my mother excuses, so I answered, “That’s right,” suggesting she would have some tomorrow. As I was speaking, I began plotting where we would go tomorrow.

Mountain Laurel Breadcrumbs

Saturday..We arrive at the North Carolina Arboretum just after the 8:00 a.m. opening to enjoy the trails and gardens before the arrival of others. It doesn’t take long to realize the Mountain Laurels are blooming.

The Wesley Branch Trail follows the stream, and for much of it, you meander through an allée of Mountain Laurel. We had a little rain last night, causing some of the petals to fall on the path. There would be one patch of petals, and as you came up a rise or around a bend, there would be another. It reminded me of Hansel and Gretel following the breadcrumbs home, but instead of home, the petals are leading us to the garden and a surprise.

Nature’s Diamonds

Whenwe arrived in the garden, the sun was emerging over the treetops. Raindrops clinging to flower petals, blades of grass, and spider webs sparkled and twinkled like diamonds in the sunbeams. I took advantage of a bench to take in the magic of the moment.

Soothing Water

From the gardens, we walked down Running Cedar Road to Bent Creek Trail and the “beach” so the dogs could swim, or in Essie’s case, lie in the water. Once they had their fun, it was time to soak in the soothing sounds of the creek running over the rocks.


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