On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, I went on a hike to the U.S. Botanic Garden with the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group. Because it was a dreary, rainy evening, it ended up just being two of us walking… hike leader Toby and me. It actually turned out to be a perfect evening for a hike, because the garden’s corpse flower was in bloom!
The thing was huge; the flower alone was about a little more than eight feet tall! I didn’t find it to be as smelly as people say. The air in the room was warm and humid, and if anything, I thought it smelled like a stinky old locker room or some gym socks. We got there the day after peak bloom. The flower’s size was still rather impressive, even though it had started to lean a bit.
From there, we made our way to the nearby National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction. The museum’s garden features this adorable statue of lion cubs at play. The cubs were under the watchful eye of their mom, who was guarding them from the other side of the path.
Below are some additional photos taken at the U.S. Botanic Garden for you to enjoy. It’s a beautiful garden, well worth a visit, regardless of whether you’re a long-time DMV native or you’re just passing through.
Barry and I went to the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market in Greenbelt, Md., last Sunday, and because we had such a good time, we went back this Sunday as well. (See map below.) I hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from our market visits. To get the gallery started, click any photo and use the back and forward buttons to see the rest of ’em.
At this morning’s visit, Barry bought me a great-smelling lemon verbena body scrub bar from Mystic Water Soap this morning. I can’t wait to try it out!
When I was looking for good ways to cook fresh green beans, I found this quick, easy green bean recipe. Because I’m from Maryland, hon, I threw 1/4 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning into the spice mix. As you can see below, the beans were both flavorful and beautiful to look at!
If you live in the DMV, you should definitely give the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market a try. It’s a great way to spend a summer Sunday. This year (2017), the market is open every Sunday, from now until November 19, except Labor Day, so you still have plenty of chances to get there!
This evening, I hiked to Meridian Hill Park with the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group as part of their Hike DC series. Meridian Hill Park is a bit off the beaten track. It’s not in a part of DC that tourists typically see. It’s situated along 16th street (see map below) and is managed by the National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park, although the main sections of Rock Creek Park are nowhere to be seen. (See the NWS page about the park for details.)
Our hike started and ended at Dupont Circle. Right before the hike started, we were unexpectedly hit by a drenching thunderstorm, prompting a few of us to scoot over to CVS for umbrellas. The park was unexpectedly lovely in the rain.
These weekly four-mile hikes have been a perfect way for me to train for my participation in the Avon 39 in Santa Barbara, Calif., later this year. Plus, they’re a lot of fun, and they have given me an opportunity to meet lots of nice people!
Here’s a map that shows the location of Meridian Hill Park:
The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals are held each year during the second weekend in July. The 2017 show was held over the weekend of July 14-17, 2017, and we were there!
Barry’s a certified (certifiable?) car nut. I’m not. Barry would happily go to any Carlisle car show — from Spring Carlisle through Fall Carlisle, and everything in between — checking out the tool booths and looking over the old car parts. Not me. I have a special affinity for one, and only one, car show — the Chrysler Nationals.
I’ve never had a Chrysler in my life, but there’s something about those muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s that really speak to me. I love the crazy colors, from Sublime Green to Plum Crazy Purple. I love the time and care people lavish into making them look like new. I guess those old Chryslers bring back memories of simpler days for me.
Here’s a gallery of images that shows you some of the many sights we saw at the show.
And here’s a video that can give you a sense of how BIG the show field is:
Was it fun? Would I go again? Yeah to both!
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is about 110 miles north of Washington, DC. Here’s a map:
Looking for something fun to do over the weekend of Oct. 16-17, 2015? Cat (and dog) lovers in the mid-Atlantic region might want to check out the Fur Family Arts Festival in Fredericksburg, Va. The event will feature screenings from the Internet Cat Video Festival!
I like to discover beautiful places to visit in the mid-Atlantic region, and I like to share my favorite places with others. I’ve recently discovered this one, and I’m sorry it took me so long. The Northwest Branch Trail is inside the Capital Beltway, so it’s close to Washington, D.C. It’s a seven-mile, paved trail that follows the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River through leafy, wooded terrain, with rock formations on both sides. The trail connects Prince George’s County with Montgomery County, and it runs from Hyattsville, Md. all the way to the Beltway in Silver Spring. Here’s a Mesh gallery of shots I took while meandering down the trails.
I’ve been to Savage Mill in Savage, Md., several times before, but never as a hiking destination. I will definitely go back there again!
Savage Mill has a funky, old-timey vibe. It has lots of places for an after-hike lunch, including the Ram’s Head Tavern. According to Wikipedia:
“The Savage Mill is a historic cotton mill complex in Savage, Maryland, which has been turned into a complex of shops and restaurants. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is located in the Savage Mill Historic District. Buildings in the complex date from 1822 to 1916.”
The Savage Mill is close to Savage Park, which features a number of hiking trails. We hiked on some of those trails today. Here are some pictures from the day.
I participated in a 4.5 mile hike today at Lake Audubon in Reston, Va., with the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group. Even though it’s officially spring, it still looked a lot like winter today, and the air was chilly and damp.
It was a wonderful hike, and as a first sign of spring, we saw lots of skunk cabbages poking up in some of the swampy spots.
Spring will get here, it’s just taking its own sweet time!
Today’s Photography 101 theme is “connect.” Today, I connected with a group of people who love to hike!
I’m a member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, and this evening’s hike was the first of many weekly hikes at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, Md.. for the 2015 hiking season. The evening was warm, even though there’s still snow on the ground. The snow didn’t deter these intrepid hikers, who were all excited about getting outdoors and connecting with other hikers after a long, cold winter slog!
This afternoon, we visited Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md. And while it may look like the photos below were taken at two different times and in two different places, they were all taken today in snowy Maryland. That’s because Brookside Gardens has a conservatory with a beautiful array of tropical flowers and plants.
You can view the photos as a slideshow by clicking one and using the right and left arrows to scroll through them. To close the slideshow, click the x in the upper-left corner
And, if you’re interested in visiting Brookside Gardens, here are their hours and directions, along with a map.