Eden Project: the start of something new

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 21, 2009

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Eden Project Eden Project Eden Project 
Eden Project Eden Project  the pollinator 
raft/structure building tent  Eden Project  Eden Project 
Awoke to sunny skies. Said our goodbye's to our wonderful hosts, then headed south. A few miles from our destination the clouds came in and the mist stayed for the rest of the day. bummer. Eden Project is STILL a gorgeous location, so I can only imagine how lovely it would be had we sunshine. Once an abandoned bit of scarred land, this china clay quarry has been converted into extraordinary gardens, with oversized sculptures, and large biomes which house a rainforest and mediterranean climate, as well as several cafes.
Raft building  Raft/structure building  a structure 
R & his raft  she floats!  great white structure
veg garden  garlic drying from trees 
In the center was a large tent, which houses an ice rink in the winter, concerts in the spring, and this summer was home to shelter and mini-raft building projects. The boys (all 3) spent a lot of time building their raft only to find the test pool was closed due to the weather.
Eco surfboard  Eco surfboard  catching humidity drops 
miracle berry        rubber exhibit         rain forest biome 
The focus in the rainforest biome is on minimizing environmental impact, preserving endangered plant species, and understanding the true cost of produce. It is densely packed with vegetation, which is well marked, and m-u-g-g-y.
Med. biome        silver tree         we 
California  monkey flower  cork pig 
Med. biome  photo by E  photo by E 
driftwood sculpture  automatic watering system  recycled percussion 
The med biome was less exciting, but I think that's largely because most everything was native to us in CA, so the exoticness was missing. We didn't even get a chance to explore much of the exterior gardens because it was getting late, so we spent too much time and money in their shop and got on the road.
stonehenge behind fence  stonehenge 
Progress was slowed by a jackknifed caravan, which when we got to it was split in half collapsed flat on its side. We were racing the sun to catch a glimpse of Stonehenge, and the Friday holiday traffic wasn't on our side. In the waning dusk, we drove alongside, the boys hopping out of the car for a somewhat closer look. We decided that next time we're going to plan w-a-a-y ahead and buy an access pass which allows you to walk among the stones instead of along the circular path that is nearly as far away as the road is.
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