Hello all! Hope you had a great weekend. My weekend was really busy in ways that totally did not involve losing my wallet at the Dallas Arboretum. Hopefully you’re a little quicker than me and kept a hold of your possessions this weekend.
If you haven’t figured out by my amazing context clues, I visited that Dallas Arboretum with my parents (and the Hubs!) We had a lot of fun there. So much fun, in fact, that I lost track of my wallet and did not notice until several hours after we left the Dallas Arboretum. Lest you stress, my wallet was found, by the Arboretum staff who (like champs!) reunited me with my amazingly intact wallet today at during my lunch break. If figured after all that, I’ve pretty much had a crash course in what to do(and not do!) the Dallas Arboretum. In case you’re ever in the area and would like to visit (and you totally should!) here are my tips:
1. DO: find a member to get you in cheap
We went to the Dallas Arboretum with my parents, who have a membership there. This is important because 1. they get free parking (normally $15) and they got us in for free (also normally $15). Score! They also knew the best routes to take around the park and helped us not to get lost. There are a lot of paths through the Dallas Arboretum, and it’s easy to get turned in circles if you’re not familiar with it. If you can, find a friend or family member who has a membership at the Dallas Arboretum and make a day of it. Oh, and don’t forget to:
2. DO: Enjoy some of the local food around the Dallas Arboretum
If you arrive at the Dallas Arboretum early in the day, I suggest making a stop at Hypnotic Donuts on your way in. It’s specialty is donuts, of course, and chicken biscuits. There is usually a line out the door, so you know it’s good stuff. Their “Peace’ statio” is my favorite. It’s a cake donut with brown butter frosting topped with pistachios. I hear they have a blueberry fritter, but I’ve never gotten there early enough to get one. If you’re looking for more lunch and dinner type fare, The Smoky Rose is just across the street from the Dallas Arboretum. It specialized is upscale BBQ. On our visit, we ended with lunch at The Lot just down the road. The Lot has a great outdoor area and a Cuban sandwich that my (half) Cuban hubby thought was pretty darn good.
4. DO: Come prepared
It should go without saying at an Arboretum, but most of the Dallas Arboretum is outside. You can take a pretty awesome tour of the DeGolyer House to get out of the heat, but for the most part, you’re out in the sun and the wind. It takes 2-3 hours to go through the whole Arboretum, so bring water and drink it. You will get sunburned if you are a pale library dweller like me. So don’t forget your sunscreen just because it isn’t technically summer yet. Also, it’s Texas, so the weather with go through about 3 different phases while you’re there (windy, hot, and semi-pleasant). Dress accordingly. Go in layers, so you can adjust on the go. I wore a jacket and a scarf, but was down to my tank top my the end of my time at the Dallas Arboretum, which brings my to my next point:
5. DON’T lose your wallet at the Dallas Arboretum
I wore my little wallet on a strap when I went into the Dallas Arboretum. At some point during my journey, I took it off (who knows when? Not me.) I’m assuming that it came off when I took my jacket off but it’s anyone’s guess. Even looking through the pictures you can see wallet, wallet, no wallet. It’s sad. I didn’t realize until a full 3 hours later that it was missing, because I’m aware like that. We called the Dallas Arboretum and they were super helpful and transferred us to the volunteer coordinator who promised to look for it. We then proceeded to lock and cancel all my card and make plans to file a missing property report and apply for a new license. Luck was on my side, however, because Monday morning the Dallas Arboretum called me again. “What does your wallet look like?” she asked. I described it. She asked if my last name was Penrose (It used to be!). I said “Yeah, there should be a license with the end cut off with my maiden name on it.” “We have it!” She said.
Praise the Lord!
So I rushed down their during my lunch hour, and sure enough! It was there with everything in it, including a significant amount of cash. I was so relieved that I didn’t have to go to the DPS! So you know, the next time you visit the Dallas Arboretum, make sure to keep a hold of your wallet. If not, make sure to thank their awesome staff!