Awww, GF, I agree that Silk would have to come first. I was the same when it was Shadow. At the end we didn't go anywhere because she wasn't comfortable in the car, so if anybody wanted to see us, they came to us.
I didn't realize these gardens were so far apart! They are beautiful though. I don't blame you for skipping the last one. Interesting that the gas stations aren't open on the weekends - we'd die here if that was the case!