The Botanical Gardens of the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina are at the top of a rather steep hill. So much so that the zoo offers guests the option of a tram ride up to the gardens and back down running every 15-20 minutes.
Once we crossed the long bridge ("Ian, Wyatt, John & Jarrod raced across and Wyatt would have won if John hadn't gave it one last surge," she said with a snicker), everyone turned to me to make the call whether we would take the tram up to the gardens or we would trek the hill. I gave myself a short talk, "You can do this," "Don't quit," "It will be an accomplishment." Fear lost and I said we would walk it! While I was short on oxygen at the top and breathing was labored, everyone (except the young boys) was struggling when we finally made it to the top. Yes, it was a struggle but, man, it was good, too.
One might think, "Botantical Gardens? Boring!" They would be wrong, of course. These gardens not only shared beauty but fun for the kids with ropes to walk, water falls to splash in, xylophones to play, cubbies to navigate, plus more.
Ashley and I leisurely walked through the gardens while the guys ambled ahead towards the play area. We talked and drank in the beauty. We looked closer. We saw more. We smiled more with each beautiful display of the unusual, or the simple, and the delightful. Simply the best!
And, the trip down? We opted for the tram!