The sun gradually warmed Beluga up, but the temperature never got up past 45 and the wind calmed, but was still pretty brisk. Since it was our last day here, we decided to use our final FREE ticket at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Our FREE gift certificate got us into the Plantation and Gardens, but if we wanted to tour the Plantation House, or walk through the Audubon Swamp Garden, or take the Nature Train, or have a guided Garden Tour, or the Boat Ride, we needed to pay at least $8 more per person, per "experience".
We opted out of the extra experiences because it was way too cold and windy. We figured a walk through the grounds would give us a good overview and if we started to ice up we could just leave. Good choice! We started our stroll following the obvious paths. After an hour or so, we just followed paths that were in the sun, or were heading toward areas of sun. We finally gave up and found our way back to the car. I'm glad the "tour" was FREE. I think this Plantation Garden would probably be spectacular in the spring or summer, but today it just wasn't worth the price of admission (of course, our admission was FREE....).
|part of the Audubon Swamp Garden |
(not covered in the general admission for Magnolia Plantation)
|Dave couldn't resist a quick sniff|
|live oaks overhang the Ashley River|
|Dave stands in the sunshine before the Plantation house|
Back at Beluga around 4:30, nice and warm. We took our cocktails over to the Lowes and visited for the last time before we part ways. Steve and I tried to figure out how to share some books between our kindles, talked airplanes and Lou Gram and the terrible typhoon in the Phillipines (all MonaLisa's family, save one nephew, have been accounted for)
We've really enjoyed their company and will look forward to crossing paths sometime down the road.