Yesterday the kids and I met some family members at the Haak Winery in Santa Fe, TX for a festival. The winery grounds were beautiful with their open vineyards and covered pavilion. There were food trucks and craft show displays.
But the grounds were crowded and the day was hot, one of the hottest we’ve had here in the Houston area so far, leaving us with no doubt that summer is right around the corner. My two year old nephew didn’t need to be out in the heat (and, frankly, neither did I), so we all packed up and headed to our respective homes.
On the way home the kids and I spotted a strange sight. On the edge of Santa Fe and Dickinson was a gated area off the side of the road. The three of us were feeling adventurous so I turned the car around and we pulled in.
The grounds were stunning. As we walked around we all noted an air of mysticism (what Connor termed ‘creepy’) aided by the sound of chanting coming from the temple and the utter improbability of a Buddhist temple existing in Santa Fe, TX.
Later, when I asked the kids what their favorite part of the day was, we all agreed the temple was by far the most exciting part of the day. And to think we might never have found it if the day hadn’t been so hot. Here’s to everyday adventures!
[Edited: I know exactly nothing about Buddhism and was curious about the use of the swastika-looking symbol on the gold statue. Here’s what an internet search turned up: