January 11, 2011 § 9 Comments
Touring books and Mobot…(the Missouri Botanical Garden)
I’m halfway through Bryson’s A WALK IN THE WOODS. I have laughed, chuckled and smiled while reading. And learned stuff. It’s all about the Appalachian Trail. You know that.
This past weekend, HM and I got to the Missouri Botanical Garden, yes, in this wintry weather, to see the indoor train exhibition that they do every holiday season. And this year, it was themed: The Appalacian Trail!
I couldn’t believe it. Here I was, reading Bryson’s book about that very thing and walk into holiday-train-land and there it was, right in front of me, fantasized, of course, and idealized, but you have to love how the universe works sometimes. (more than sometimes, actually, but you get my drift).
And now, I am dropping in pictures I took of Mobot’s Gardenland Express, hoping that they are in some way cute, entertaining, informative (?) or festive so you can enjoy a little “walk on the Trail” yourself …
I “hike” no more than maybe a half mile a day, down corridor halls and through a semi-vast parking lot and around the block with the dogs when the weather allows. Yet part of me says I could do this trail, in stages of course. One of my best writer friends has global wanderlust. She and her hubs disappear for two and three months at a time and we get postcards from foreign mountaintops. I am not particularly provincial, and yet I have more of a yen to see the States than the states of the world. I leave that to certain politicians and my writer friend.
…and while the trail passes through far more miles of heavy woods, though many have been stripped of birds and trees species, than it does towns or villages, Mobot’s “spin” on the theme is endearing and charming.
The scale is good though the plants aren’t quite…right…but how clever they made it, how compelling…
OK, no, haven’t read anything in Bryson yet that talks about encoutering a railroad on the trail …still, one can edit and annotate at will for entertainment value, non?
And, tho’ they don’t show, the plants throughout the display are labeled. HM and I are at a point where we find this very intriguing…and important…yes, and creative. Will we be someday-gardeners? probably. Will we hike the Trail? sure. Some trail. Maybe at Babler State Park. Maybe in the Ozarks. Yeah, and maybe a piece of the AT, somewhere in the Carolinas.
So, not exactly a walk in the woods, but a walk nonetheless. Nearly makes me want to get into the miniature business.