Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Visit to the National Arboretum

A couple of weekends ago, I picked up a SmartBike, threw it in my pickup and drove over to the National Arboretum for a couple of hours biking over there. It was very rewarding. (Columns from the Capitol, removed when they enlarged and refurbished it in the 1950s, are planted out here in the National Arboretum.)

I had never been there before. This 412-acre reserve off New York Avenue is on the northeastern edge of DC, just before you leave the District by way of the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking.

It is well kept and features lots of little stands of different kinds of both indigenous and exotic trees. Hilly roadways snake through the grounds, and security is ever present. (A quiet spot in the National Arboretum.)

There were lots of picnickers on that Sunday. They were even having an ice-cream social there so I parked my bike among some green-thumb types, muscled ahead of some children on line and partook in a refreshing ice-cream cone.

Check it out someday. It's fun and relaxing.


Christie said...

Yesterday, I did a lot of research on bikes. I'm thinking of buying one soon. I miss bike riding.

ShirleyPerly said...

What a find! You could put together an active person's What To Do in DC guide :-)

Petraruns said...

It looks gorgeous - and so warm still!

I'm also looking at bikes now - good cross training I think..

CewTwo said...

Me? I haven't cross trained in weeks. Sometimes the bike can give you a feeling of freedom like nothing else can. It is a wonderful thing.

The arboretum sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Especially when an actual ice cream social is taking place. Having half of the family tree hail from Kansas, the ice cream social is an important affair for bringing a community together and making friends out of complete strangers at least for a few minutes!

Rainmaker said...

Wow, I've driven by it a few times, but never gone into it. Sounds like it's worth the trip!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

That looks like an awesome way to spend a weekend afternoon.