Not a moment too soon, spring has arrived. After weeks of terrible news — earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis in Japan; war planes over Libya; nasty politics in Washington threatening to shut down the government and wipe out vital programs — after all of that, a few hours listening to birds chirping brightly and watching buds open seemed like just the right antidote to winter’s departing gloom.
So, on this day that marks the end of winter and the first day of spring — the vernal equinox — I spent the early morning taking in the delights of the National Arboretum. This wonderful spot is just ten minutes from Trinity — why don’t we go more often? Just off New York Avenue where the Baltimore/Washington Parkway begins, the Arboretum is 446 acres of peace, quiet, natural beauty and horticulture delight. It’s open every day except Christmas from 8 am to 5 pm — enough time for an early stroll, a lunchtime hike, a late afternoon quick escape, or a weekend picnic and group study tour.
If you’ve never been to the Arboretum, you have not seen this beautiful vista of the Anacostia River:
One of the more startling sights at the Arboretum are the “capitol columns” rising on a hillside —
You can learn more about the National Arboretum and its many gardens on its website. Really, it’s this close to Trinity:Beautiful places are very close by!