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Grapevine Botanical Gardens, Grapevine, Tex.

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The summer of 2019, I visited Grapevine, Texas for a computer conference. OK, OK, it was QuakeCon. Before I was able to start hardcore gaming, I had a few hours to fill, and made the decision to eat BBQ brisket and take a nap at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens, and it was a beaut.

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The botanical garden was tranquil and the calming energy was just what the doctor ordered (the doctor had NOT ordered the pound of brisket, the half-day spent in airports, or the three-days of restless gaming with the nerdherd that was to come.) It was a welcome respite from the road, to be surrounded by the nature of Grapevine, Texas, its native flora and fauna.

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The koi were well fed and swam gorgeously thru golden lit waters, but the real star was the shade and breeze on a hot July day.

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The butterfly sculpture celebrates the monarch butterflies that fly over Grapevine, Texas on their southern migration. My favorite part of my visit to the Botanical Garden was the 200+ years old tree. A plaque beside the tree bore the following inscription:

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“1787 – 1987. The National Arborist Association and the International Society of Arborculture jointly recognize this significant tree in this centennial year, having lived at the time of the signing of our Constitution.”

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Branford Point, Branford, Conn.

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I have now forgotten the circumstances that brought me to Branford Point this past spring: all that I remember now is that I had to be out of the house an hour or so before I needed to leave for work. The amount of time seemed just right to explore this city of Branford park, on my way in to New Haven, and I am glad I did.

Branford Point park is small but packed with memorable features. From the boat launch, which is surrounded by water on 3 sides, to the beach, backed by a grassy, tree-lined hill, there is much beauty to absorb from this point. Parking was possible, but limited: I imagine in the summer high season that it becomes difficult for anybody that lives outside Branford to visit.

Though it may be small and packed, the challenge in this case would be worth the breeze from Long Island Sound, the sights of nearby Thimble Islands, and the peaceful vibes I found at Branford Point.

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