Thanksgiving is next week. November is flying. Christmas is coming up fast. So this past Monday when the weatherman predicted warm and sunny, Bob and I hitched the bikes to the back of the Jeep one last time before we dismantled the bike rack and tucked the bikes into the garage until spring.
We wanted to try a new venue and settled on Duke Farms, (as in Duke University and Doris Duke). Her estate covers 2,700 acres, and is populated by lush landscapes and nine man-made lakes such as this one we stopped to view along our way:
Some structures have suffered the ravages of time, like the Hay Barn. Only the stone walls were left after a devastating fire, but Doris turned it into a sculpture garden. She loved the arts and we got to reap the benefits of the lovely views she created.
The most stunning surprise on our adventure was the orchid conservatory. Doris Duke was quite an eccentric lady. Later in her life she became a horticulturist. She was devoted to growing hothouse orchids. Luckily, the greenhouse is open to the public and it put on a spectacular show.
Inside, the variety of orchids was amazing. Take a look!
Spanish moss dripped from the branches that housed the potted flowers, and the fragrance was so sweet and intoxicating, I didn't want to leave.
What a lovely way to end our biking excursions for the season. Bob and I can't wait to return to Duke Farms again in the spring when everything will be blooming and coming to life. I know it will be spectacular and almost an entirely different experience.
Now the question is....what do we do in the winter? Any suggestions? What do you do for some extra fun when the snow starts? (PS. we don't ski, skate, or snowboard!) We old folks!