I promised pictures from Beaumont, Texas a few days back, and I can put them up now. (The first attempt to post pictures disappeared into the void. Thanks, La Quinta computers!)
We got to Beaumont around 3 PM, after a smooth drive that even went through Houston without any real traffic trouble. Before we got together with friends, we drove around looking for a hike-able bit of the Big Thicket. That didn't work out. The parklike reservation is chopped up into a lot of different pieces and many of them are just the streambanks on the local rivers and creeks, with no real access. Guess I had to have had a boat.
We drove over to Tyrell Park and discovered the Botanical Garden instead. (Y'all may have noticed that I'm a bit of a flower nut.) This was peaceful and beautiful and very relaxing.
|The sign at the entrance to the greenhouse part. Note the artichoke plants at the base of the tree!|
|Slipper type orchids in pots in the greenhouse.|
|Cattleya type orchids in a pot in the greenhouse|
|They had two ponds of koi in the greenhouse. These are the larger ones.|
|Outside, they had planted a wooden arbor with pretty, pink climbing roses.|
|Bromeliad in blossom, in one of the planting beds on the grounds.|