Upcoming Trips


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the novel Lost Horizon by author James Hilton. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise. The people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. (Parts copied from Wikipedia) Of course, we can all hope, as the next trip will take us to the Sangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas.

To copy parts of their web site, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a world-class facility for the entire family. A tranquil sanctuary with over 300 types of plants and a wide variety of wildlife, it offers a retreat from the routines of daily life. There is truly something for everyone, offering an amazing experience you’ll never forget. In phone contacts with them, they indicate that the best time to visit is late March or early April. So, plan to go on this trip on April 3, 2014.

Just a sampling as there appear to be 10 plus separate garden sections: The Color Garden demonstrates the many shades of one single color that can be seen in nature. The Contrast Garden takes advantage of the huge variety of color that plants express. The Shape Garden includes plants that can grow naturally in a specific shape or be trimmed to create one. Shapes in this garden include columns, circles, squares, pyramids, and more. And on and on. There is some walking so dress comfortably. For more, visit the web site:

Details: cost is $55 per person. Lunch will be a box lunch at the Gardens. When you register, indicate a preference – ham or chicken salad sandwich or a salad. We’ll board the bus at St. John’s UMC, 7:15-7:30 a.m. and should return around 6:00 p.m. All travelers except St. John’s Primetimers will register by calling Peggy Kilgore, 766-7230. The deadline is Sunday, March 23. For this group, checks should be made to UUMC with “Daytimers” in the “For” field. As usual, St. John’s Primetimers will register by contacting the church office, 766-4594, with a deadline of Thursday, March 20. Make checks payable to “Prime Timers.” Payment is due upon registration. Because of the large cost of reserving the bus and other expenses, once you commit to go, there can be no refunds. Caution: the bus has filled for the last few trips, so register early.