A little over a week ago, we made a quick trip to Greensboro for a car show on Saturday. We drove over Friday so we could have some fun on the way. The first stop was the Greensboro Arboretum. This is a lovely small arboretum and park on a narrow strip of land between a housing development and a freeway. Once inside, though, you wouldn’t know it. The park and the parking are free.
Long paved trails take visitors past well tended flower beds.
Being mid-summer, there wasn’t a lot blooming, but the greenery was lovely.
A small stream runs through the park, with softly murmuring water.
I think these are a variety of hibiscus, they love heat. I liked the purity of the white.
The pollinator garden was huge, and full of bees and butterflies.
Coneflowers, daylilies, and butterfly bushes were prolifically blooming.
A lovely arbor covered walkway was grown over in green vines.
butterfly bush phlox was very attractive to this lovely Eastern Yellow Swallowtail butterfly.
A bit farther down, a dragonfly sculpture was a surprise delight.
The form of this Japanese maple was really interesting, almost bonsai.
After an hour or so in the heat and humidity, we were ready to head on. On the way out, I spotted this interesting shrub with some very unusual flowers.
There was no identifying marker, so I have no idea what it is. Unusual flower, isn’t it?
We were booked at the Grandover Resort with the car show group.
There were lovely grounds with a pretty fountain.
Beautiful flower beds were all over grounds, around the parking area and along the streets.
Inside a most spectacular lobby just inside the slowly revolving door.
Yes, this was a real orchid in full bloom. The blooms were huge.
The show was called the Fiat Freak Out, which I thought was a cute name for the Fiat owners car show.
Arriving in our room, hot and sweaty from the day, it was a delight to find those thick terrycloth robes for our use. A hot shower was in order.
The next morning, we went to the show field adjacent to the hotel to see about 100 Fiats of various vintage and models. We didn’t put our car in the show, we just went to see what was there.
It was stifling hot (even in the morning it was in the 90s), but DH enjoyed seeing the cars. We went down every row, then it just was too hot to stay in the sun, so we headed out.
Our last stop of the weekend was the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro. It is housed in the actual Woolworth building where the Greensboro Four did the first sit-in for equal rights. Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond began their peaceful protest at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on February 1, 1960. The tour took over an hour and was profoundly moving, disturbing and yet ultimately inspirational. The courage and bravery these young men showed during this time of our history was incredible. You have to see what they were up against to begin to comprehend. That they kept going for months, inspiring others to do the same, spreading across our land is just phenomenal. There is no way anyone who didn’t live it could really ever understand, but I honestly think that every person in America should see it. No pictures were allowed inside, so I couldn’t bring you more of it. If you are ever in Greensboro, NC, make it part of your trip.
On Friday, I’ll show you the other really fun stop of the trip, which needed an entire post all to itself. Have you had any short trips for fun this summer?