On Sunday, I visited Ladew Topiary Gardens, a nonprofit garden located in Monkton, MD established in the 1930s by huntsman Harvey S. Ladew (1887–1976). I was drawn to this space after randomly researching the most beautiful, scenic places in Maryland. Although I was born in this state, I really don't feel like I know that much about it except what I'm required to know to do my job, but now, I'm on a mission to investigating more.
On that note, my brief visit to Ladew officially launches "Brittany En Route," an independent project where I explore 29 new places in Maryland this year. Why 29? Well, because I turn 29 this month and that means I have that many chances to make up for places I have yet to visit in my home state.
The truth is I love learning, exploring and documenting new things and new experiences. As an adult, I realize I haven't done as much traveling as I'd like to and I believe now is the time to change that. Also, after losing my uncle in August 2016, I am a different person spiritually and I'd like to embrace the woman I've become because of it. The combination of grieving, resisting oppressive people and systems and toxicity in our political climate has been incredibly stressful.
Despite these new challenges, I'm learning more about what keeps me grounded. I am fascinated by my connection to nature and I would like to expand on it both personally and professionally. Maybe there's a future for me in environmental justice? We shall see.
Since the new year though, I have been practicing mindfulness and finding ways to emerge myself in the arts through volunteering. I hope this new path of self-discovery and transformation will lead me to something much greater.
So, if you haven't been to Ladew Topiary Gardens, I highly recommend visiting. The drive from Baltimore City only took about 45 minutes and the cost was $18 per adult.
Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my journey with you.