We got our small show beer glass and the 4 beer tokens that came with the ticket price but alas, those were soon drunk and we needed to buy more.
Another fun day ended with relaxing in front of the TV while recharging the batteries for another outing the following morning.
Early Sunday morning I was woken up by loud rain crashing down on the metal roof. Looking outside the window I could see that it had been coming down hard for a while and I wondered if the day's outing would be cancelled. I was meeting with a group at Kenilworth Gardens in DC but after constant checking on my phone it seemed that the event was still on. I drove down to DC and as I got closer to the gardens the rain came down heavier. In the parking lot I checked again and sure enough, the event had been cancelled 15 minutes previously. I wasn't about to waste the morning or my gas so I decided to walk around regardless. The rain had eased off to just a drizzle and even stopped for small periods. I found a park ranger and another lady who had also shown up despite the late cancellation. The park was completely empty apart form a couple of hardy photographers and I realized that we were actually very lucky to have these beautiful ponds to ourselves with raindrops sparkling on the petals and leaves and the sounds of wildlife easy to hear without crowds of people.
The ranger gave us a tour of the ponds and a brief history. He pointed out the types of lilies and showed us the trenches between the ponds which I had assumed were for keeping the water levels the same between the ponds, but were actually made by heavy beavers as they bumbled from pond to pond. He also showed me where I could land my kayak if I wanted to visit the park from the Potomac, which I hope to do in a couple of weeks.