For the Mad Tea Party 2012, Alice joined me on my Northern Summer tour. We had lots of fun seeking out adventure.
The adventure began at the Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C.
In this beautiful place, she took a moment to enjoy a cup of tea.
While sipping her tea, Alice saw a white blur dart into the garden. Following, she caught up with a white rabbit in the Children’s garden. The rabbit apologized for interrupting her snack and invited Alice to join him and some friends for tea. Before Alice could get directions though, the rabbit darted off into the garden.
While looking for the rabbit amongst the hot house orchids, Alice lost her footing and fell into a hidden crevice.
Fortunately, she landed on a bed of the softest moss.
Feeling disoriented after her fall, Alice was amazed to see she had been transported from the gardens to the mountains of West Virginia.
She wandered the woods until she came to a sign. Hoping that she would find someone to help her find the white rabbit, Alice turned into the drive.
She came upon a cabin.
As she walked toward the cabin, she spotted a mysterious tree covered with bottles.
As she stood there admiring the trees, along came a frog, walking on his hind legs and carrying a barrel of bottles.
Alice explained that she was trying to find her friend the white rabbit. The frog explained that he could not help her but that there were magical creatures all around her. She could just not see them because she was not of the forest folk. The frog took a small bottle filled with a magic brew and told Alice to take a sip.
No sooner had she taken a sip than she spotted a gnome standing by a strange little thatched hut.
Alice asked if he knew the white rabbit. The gnome did not, but directed Alice to a learned fairy that lived nearby. The fairy was deeply involved in a book. Alice tried several times to get her attention, but she appeared to be caught in the book’s spell.
Alice became frustrated and finally walked off. She wandered through a field of huge mushrooms.
After a time, she became increasingly tired and stopped to rest.
As she rested, along came a gentleman who looked like Father Christmas. Upon hearing her plight, he told her that he had just passed the White Rabbit taking tea and generously offered to give Alice a lift there.
The White Rabbit was delighted to see Alice and asked her where she had been. Alice shared her adventures as rabbit poured tea.
Along came a most unusual looking fellow with a tall top hat. The White Rabbit introduced Alice to his friend, the Mad Hatter.
The three had a lovely afternoon, sharing stories and enjoying tea and tarts.
Then it was time to return home. Alice said "Goodbye" to her friends and sought out the frog with his magic elixirs.
He knew just the right one to take her back home.
She thanked the frog for all of his help and took a sip. In the blink of an eye,she was in front of the beautiful Botanic Gardens once again. Alice packed up her tea things. Also tucked away, were lovely memories of her magical time with new friends in West Virginia.