The National Arboretum, in spring profusion


What a glorious day, visiting an incredible place.

I got a late start to the day, but enjoyed my much-anticipated meal at NuVegan: lasagna and collards, both perfection.

Then I headed east, to the arboretum. It took me about 40 minutes by bike, mostly a pleasant journey.

When I arrived, in the late afternoon, the light was beautiful. It had not occurred to me that there would be an extensive azalea section of the arboretum, but there was, and it was in absolutely top form in this season, so I spent most of my time in that section.

One area of the azalea garden was blocked off, though—apparently annually—because of nesting bald eagles. How cool!

Later, I visited another section on the other side of the arboretum, full of wooded trails and lovely handmade-looking wooden bridges.

Finally, I explored the middle hill area, with the “Capitol columns.” It was a pretty cool feeling to stand near and among them.

I loved my time at this arboretum. I hope to visit again sometime when I can devote more time to walking around, but it is hard to imagine a better time of year to visit than right now. (If you happen to be in the DC area, I highly recommend a visit!)

When I got back to Mike and Marya’s place, they had been working to assemble their Friday dinner tradition of a vegan charcuterie board. It was a delight to experience! The spread included olives, various breads, and some vegan meats and cheeses they had picked up on last week’s trip to New York City. (They also gave me several recommendations of places to try when I get there in a few weeks.) They also treated me to a special gin and tonic, made from a grapefruit-infused gin and garnished with a wedge of fresh grapefruit.

Today has been wonderful. Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to finally experiencing the Japanese garden at the Hillwood Estate!

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