During that networking lunch when I talked to the other attendee who lives in Seattle, she asked me what kinds of places I was interested in seeing. I responded that I wanted to take some photos and that I would love to go somewhere with trees in blossoms. Naturally, she suggested the Japanese Tea Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum. I figured out the bus schedule and left the conference just a little early so I could get there before it closed. I ended up missing a big announcement and demonstration for one of the authoring tools we use at work (oops), but that won’t matter so much when I’m 80 and I’m remembering the perfect afternoon I had wandering around.
First up, the Japanese Tea Garden.
I had lots of time before meeting up with Tom for dinner, so after enjoying the tea garden, I followed a promising path in the arboretum and found puh-lenty of trees in bloom. Some were hidden away, and I would try to hike up to them. Unfortunately, the muddy hills made that a little treacherous.
I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a self-portrait with such a beautiful background.