I'm thinking back to our big summer trip of 2007. It was significant for a number of reasons. This was our first family vacation with 3 kids purely for fun, not to visit relatives. It was also the first time we traveled internationally as a family, making the trek from Texas to Canada. I also remember what a nervous traveling mama I was back then and realize how much easier it comes to me now that I have miles under my belt. Canada seems like a piece of cake compared to Tibet.
|Butchart Gardens is an inspiration for the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT in Walt Disney World|
Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island was one of my favorite stops. I really wish I could get my yard to look like this.
Look at that riot of color in the Sunken Garden! It's organized but not too rigid, kind of like me. The flower beds sweep around in a fluid design inviting people to stroll through the paths for a closer look. Even my young boys were enthralled. My girl, on the other hand, was fast asleep in her stroller until almost the end.
Before it was a garden, this area was a limestone quarry. After a few decades, the Butcharts had dug all the limestone out of the ground that they could, and Jennie Butchart transformed the giant hole in the ground over the course of 12 years into the gorgeous Sunken Garden that you see above.
|Don't pick the flowers|
We've entered a new stage of travel this year. I'm so confident that I can take on whatever the kids send my way, that we let the children each propose a vacation destination and put it up to a family vote. They're helping us plan what to see and are even trawling TripAdvisor to make suggestions on hotels.
In some ways, this reminds me of Butchart Gardens. It went from being a quarry to a woman's beautification project to a National Historic Site of Canada. I'm passing through phases, too. Hubby and I traveled the world before we had kids, then reinvented what travel involved when the children came along. Now, we're letting the children take the lead. I can't wait to see what's next.
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