This post by Jennifer Flaten
For my Mother’s Day gift we took a road trip to the Anderson Japanese Gardens. My kids love taking road trips, mostly because of the snacks. We always get snacks from the gas station to start our trip. It doesn’t matter if we leave at 8a or 10a, we always start our trip with a snack.
When the kids were smaller our road trips we’d play CDs. We would all sing along to great tunes like My Horse Sent Me an Email, from Brent Holmes Horse Tunes CD (in fact, we have all the Brent Holmes CDs Bear Tunes, Cow Tunes & Moose Tunes).
Now that the kids are older they are listening to music or a audio book, so it is a bit quieter on our road trips, which is both good and bad.
At the gardens we enjoyed the beautiful grounds.
It is an amazing place, with a lush plants, quiet spots and a Japanese style guest house and tea house, but I bet if you ask my kids what they remember most the answer would be the fish ponds.
The grounds have several small ponds filled with Koi that you can feed.
The minute you toss a food pellet in fish appear as if by magic. Soon one fish turns into 10 fish and even a goose or two. The fish were so friendly you could reach in an touch them…which I did much to the delight of the kids.
We also saw frogs and tried to find the elusive turtles purported to be in the ponds.
To quote my daughter “I thought it would be OK, but after seeing the flowers and the FISH…it was AMAZING”.
As a parent that is what you want to hear, that your kids kept an open mind, tried something and ended up loving it. All the memories we made are the best gift EVER.
We ended our visit with a trip to the gift shop, naturally. Where we bought an assortment of snacks for the ride home.