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Thursday, May 22, 2008

To find peace...that is what one desires.

May's Mystery Trip: Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,CA.


I planned 'our' Mystery Trip for May. The invitation read as this: Cherry Blossoms bring the bling to the trees! I love May for all it's spring like qualities. Everything is popping up through the ground, the breezes are gentle. And when I try to discover a little bit of heaven in this crazy world. To find some peace! I have never been to the Japanese Tea Gardens as long as I have lived here in Sacramento/Elk Grove. And I figured neither as Adrien who has been here longer. So, off we set for our adventure. My dad had given me some different directions. He printed out directions to take the old river road all the way to the 160. It was lovely! Just perfect. We chatted the whole way. Once in San Francisco that is when we took our de-tours (got a bit lost). But as usual, we did not freak out, we took it all in stride. Laughing at points, when I had a death grip when we were going down a VERY steep hill, while Adrien on the other hand, threw her arms up in the air, as if on a roller coaster ride. Once, we parked (found a prime spot), we were off. The directions inside the park are just perfect. We arrived at the lovely big wooden doors. And entered into a lush green world, where traffic couldn't be heard, most people spoke in hushed voices, and there was a slight cool breeze. Water could be heard all around us. It was glorious, some place so lush, beautiful. My slice of peace. Here are some of the pictures to share with you all. Here is our journey of peace!




And in the end, we headed to the Tea House, were served a choice of Green Tea or Jasmine Tea. We each had one of the choices. We sat quietly, listening to the babbling water and the songs the birds sang. Felt the cool breeze on our necks. It truly was 33 acres of heaven.


Peace on top of a mountain: Edgewood (Pro)Golf Country Club, South Lake Tahoe, NV.

This is the view I saw once I parked my car at Edgewood. I had gone up Wedesday to meet up with my husband and his bestfriend, Bert. My husband, Jim had planned their version of a mystery trip. A golfing mystery trip. The goal is to play at golf courses neither have ever played at. Since, this was Jim's idea (which he got from Adrien and I's trips) he planned it. He researched and decided this was going to be their first course. And since Jim had seen the photos online, thought I could use a break as well. I have just gotten off working 4 - 12 hour shifts back to back (I am convinced that my bosses are trying to kill me...aagghhh!). He asked if I wanted to come up and play (mostly drive the cart, drink hot chocolate)and I almost screamed YES! I couldn't wait to get out of Sacramento/Elk Grove for a day trip. I left early and arrived around 11:10am. Drove through a lovely grove of pine trees and finally parked my car, to view this! BREATHTAKING!



On some of the holes you could hear babbling brooks that cut through the course. And I could hear the wind in the pines. The air was pure, cold but pure, nonetheless. I bundled up and we set off on the carts. Just in awe of the panaramoic views. It was truly just gorgous to witness, such perfection.




We saw the locals (Geese) and their little ones, all in fuzz! Their were gorgous and seemed totally clueless that we were there. We could hear them honk from a distant hole. It was fun to see wildlife right there in front of us. We came on the back nine and saw what work a beaver was doing to a small pine. I wish we had seem him. He was doing a fine job on that tree, very uniformed indeed. For hours we all 3 enjoyed each other and took deep breaths. And we kept commenting on the views. Once, done with the first 18, we went back out for another 18. 36 holes of golf in one day! Just FANTASTIC! We had a early dinner before we headed out for more golf, though. I took off once we completed 36 holes, by then the wind was howling and the temp had dropped a lot. I gave kisses and hugs all around and headed out. I got in my car and turned on the heater! Jim called me today 5/22 at around 730am, screaming excitedly in the phone...."Honey! You will never believe what it is doing right now? IT'S SNOWING!" HUH?! You say! You read right! SNOW! It never really stuck to the ground, just snow flurries. Nonetheless, it was snowing! To say the least, the boys were joyful! When I am having a very busy day, I shall look back on these 2 days and remember the peace they gave me. I hope these photos brought some peace to all of you as well. Enjoy!

With much love,

50 comments:

Rosemary said...

Hi Robyn,
Your mystery trip sounded great, as did your husbands. The gardens looked beautiful.
I can't believe snow!! We have been having some wacky weather as well.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Rosemary

domestic goddess said...

Hi Robyn, wow what a trip, great photos. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend
anna x

Peter said...

Oh Robyn,
Those photos of the Japanese tea garden just bring back treasured memories of my time in Japan. It looks very, very similar to how the gardens in Japan look. I had some wonderful peaceful moments in the gardens of the shrines and temples in Kamakura, south of Tokyo. It's just amazing. To see these photos just brings it all back. Very different from the dark, depressing gardens I see in Moscow now.
Thankyou.

Peter x

Leah said...

Your trip to the Japanese garden looks delightful. We have a lovely Japanese garden in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and you've reminded me that I haven't visited it in quite awhile.

And I wanted to tell you that you've inspired me to do mystery trips with my husband and daughter--we're all looking forward to the first one. I want my husband to choose it, because he tends to be a little shy about expressing his wants, and I'd love him to have a chance to plan a day! Great idea!

xo,

Leah

PAT said...

Robyn what a wonderful mystery trip! I loved all the photos and your words!

Pat

Suzanne said...

I exhaled baby. It's been a rough few day and to go to the garden and to Lake Tahoe...wow, what beautiful trips. Thank you. I've been to the garden (way too beautiful, but not as beautiful with you and B.F.!), but never to Lake Tahoe to golf. Well...because I don't golf! I feel as light as air. Thank you.

Thank you too for your thoughtful, kind and worried comment. Honey, everything's going to be okay. nzo Ofofm
y hry yp yjr ///...Whoop. No, I didn't get to the doctor's this week for a number of reasons. Read my blog, you'll understand. And then I had a car accident yesterday and totaled the BMW. She's a gonner (bye, bye baby, open the Goden Gate...). And frankly, I'm still fried! This has been a hard week. Month. Year. Christmas is almost here. Right? Go to the Cafe, you'll see! Santa's waiting for you! Too funny. I.V.'s insane.

The post was beautiful and it helped me relax. I love you dear friend. I won't be able to harass you until contruction on the I-5 is done, but hang in there baby...I can always catch a ride on a crop-duster. But you know the pilot would probably take his/her right foot and kick my ass straight out the door cuz I'd be discussin' organic farming, the overuse of pesticides, etc. You know me! A zebra can't change her stripes.

Oh, and the whole numb/tingling thing. The ER doctor informed me I couldn't use the word "NUMB" unless I literally had no feeling. I told him he was mistaken. I asked for a dictionary (no, I'm not kidding). He pulled out his blackberry or cell phone, I couldn't tell in the dark and pulled up the definition of numb. I said "See, it says nothing about "partically numb." That pissed him off. I live with doctors and lawyers. They don't intimidate me. They're no smarter than you and me. They just have a degree that indicates they are and gives them some sort of bravato, so they think they are. Bull. I know what I feel and no damn doctor is going to tell me I don't. I'm not going to argue samatics till the cows come home about the word "numb." I'm numb and tinglie God damn it. Agument over. No honey, I'm not so numb I can't feel anything, I'm just at the point where tingling becomes a bit numb. Partically numb. God forbid I use the word numb!!! But I'm numb. So there you have it. Samatics. Stupid. I'm numb. Oh, and I'm also tingling.

XO

Anonymous said...

Ohhh....I was just in the San Fran area earlier this week and I just shopped...never thought about a CULTURAL experience..LOL.

Great post! What fun! -Amy

Suzanne said...

Boy did I make A LOT of typos. So many I'm not even going to try to make corrections. And boy did I rant about the word numb! Was I drinking too much mineral water or something!? I will admit I was in shock from the accident, so that's probably the reason.

I will mention one typo because it's too funny to ignore. Obviously I was attempting to say "partially numb," but instead wrote "partically numb." That isn't even a word, but it's a funny word!

Love ya, hope you have a wonderful weekend. Honey, can you believe it's raining!? Isn't this odd? Did you see the news this morning? It's snowing in Tahoe. Hope Jim isn't trying to golf!!!

XO

Cecile said...

Oh what fun! I like the idea of a mystery trip. So you plan one one month and your friend plans one the next month? Is that how it works? That sounds like a wonderful idea. I think my friend Cheryl and I must start something like that. Glad you had two relaxing days.

Skeeter said...

It's a great mystery trip! The images are wonderful. Just got back from a trip myself. Sounds like yours was fun too.

Best wishes.

Junie Moon said...

What a great mystery trip. I love the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco; it's peaceful and serene. We always end our visit with a bit of tea, too.

Julie said...

I just love Japanese gardens!..especially the water features.

Skeeter said...

Just stopped by to say "Hi!" and give you some best wishes. Talk with you later.

Monica said...

Oh wow what a fun MYSTERY TRIP!
The gardens look amazing!!
Have a fabulous weekend :)

elizabethholcombe said...

The tea garden is so lovely! I want to go there! Thanks for your lovely pictures :)))))))))))))~~~~XXOO, Beth

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