We were about 10 minutes late to go get Grandmom for our Delaware trip today, and then there were so many detours that we were even later. Good thing it was just a fun day, not her surgery!
Our first stop was Nemours Mansion. I’d seen this place a few days ago when I was searching for things to do in DE and was intrigued by the French gardens there. Except for plantations when I was a kid I’ve never gone to see a house just because it’s huge until today. And it was huge; there are 105 rooms! But the gardens were what I came for. We got there in time to see most of the informational video that talked about DuPont’s life: he married 3 times, gave a lot of his money to people less fortunate than himself, and adopted a war orphan and brought her up as his own. As soon as the video was over we walked out to the shuttle that drove us around the grounds; they were magnificent! The woman at the front desk told us that there had been so many people here the last two days; today was great, though, it was just the 5 of us and 4 other people on the tour around the grounds. I admire how much he cared for other people, and how wiling he was to share his wealth, but I think a gold plated statue is just way too much.
There were several gnomes around the garden that made us chuckle.
When we were let off at the mansion I asked the lady at the front door how we were supposed to walk to the maze garden. She looked puzzled and said we just walk there. I figured there would be a walkway we should use, so I double checked that it was ok for us to walk on the grass and then she chuckled and said yes, we could walk anywhere. She pointed out the empty fountain I’d noticed and said we could even step inside that because there were no signs saying we couldn’t. They’d probably rather I didn’t but since there were no signs we might ought to go ahead and step in. HA! I made sure we got our pictures taken there. I only took mine in there with my camera, the rest were with the circle camera and I’m not sure they’ll show up here.
We walked around the grounds a good bit, and after a little while Grandmom found a place in the shade to rest. Ted and the boys and I walked all the way to the Temple of Love that housed the Diana the Huntress statue, and when we were mostly there we texted Grandmom that she might want to just go back to the mansion and wait for us.
When we’d had our fill of walking and admiring the gardens and were super hot we made our way back to the mansion. Max made it there first and headed to the ice chest to get some water. After a minute I saw him run towards the door and thought he was trying to hide from us like he likes to do sometimes. When I got closer I realized that the ice chest spigot was stuck in the on position and he couldn’t stop the water from running all over the porch, so he was running to tell the lady! She couldn’t get it to work right either, and I was so glad it wasn’t something he had done. We spent some time putting new cups under the spigot and laughing about how the water was going everywhere. We’re making such good memories!
There wasn’t a lot I was hoping to see in the house, I just figured we’d walk from room to room and see what there was. Once I looked at the floorplan of the house the thing that most piqued my interest was the butler’s pantry and kitchen, what an awesome area! There were so many pots there; I can just imagine the elaborate meals they made there.
The bowling alley and movie theater was fun to see, too.
In one of the bedrooms Jack found this fake cat that he wanted to pet.
When we were finished with the estate we talked to the doorman who suggested a burger joint to us. It didn’t have great reviews on yelp so Grandmom picked out Russell’s Quality Food; the name cracked me up, you know it’s quality because it says so right in the name! It had great reviews so I was glad to go there, but when we got there it was a food truck, and it was closed! Ugh. Ted quickly picked another close-by place and it was a winner! Philippine Smoked BBQ and Grill. Jack and I split the 3 meat plate (ribs, chicken kabob and smoked kielbasa), Grandmom and Max each got the 3 ribs plate (which actually came with 6 ribs), and Ted got the ribs and brisket plate. The ribs were amazing! So juicy and falling off the bones! The fries were fine, and the cole slaw was nothing like usual cole slaw but it was great. But if we went back I’d only get the ribs. Yum!
While we were there Ted suggested skipping the Air Mobility Command Museum I’d picked out. I really didn’t want to do that; in order to really do DE I felt like we should spend the whole day there, not just see one place. But he said by the time we drove another hour to get there it would close about 45 minutes later, and it was probably all outside and super hot. So we didn’t go. We looked around a bit on our phones and talked about where else we could go and I said maybe just go to the coast. I found a little park right on the water so we headed that way. There was a little kid there so he and Jack played a bit. Max and Ted posed for crazy photos, and Grandmom and I tried not to sweat.
When we were ready to go we decided to go to Arctic Freeze again and get more great ice cream. Mine had more lime and less coconut this time so it wasn’t quite as good as the first time, but it was still really good with those strawberries on top. This is Jack’s ice cream:
We went back to Grandmom’s and hung out there for just a few minutes while she called Sam and John to see if we could take his part of his birthday cake to him, then we said our goodbyes. I can’t believe our time with her is over!
We took John’s cake to him and got to hear about his first day of work a bit. Then we went to WM on the way home to get some more olive oil for Jack and a church shirt for Max. That boy’s growing out of so many clothes! On the way back to the bus Ted had Max sit in the front seat.