A March hike that is really more of a walk is apparently a tradition with this project. When we did it last in 2015, Nugget had just joined us on the outside and our “hike” was pushing a stroller around paved roads. This time, we just struck out on finding anything more challenging than mulch – but we had fun and we moved our legs in nature, so I’m saying it counts!
Our main purpose in picking the National Arboretum was to hit up Saturday’s native plants sale. I had the idea that I might be able to pick something up for my garden. What I learned was – and all you master gardeners, don’t laugh at me – native plants does not mean edible plants. Other than a blueberry bush (that I wanted, but Steve reasonably pointed out would probably outgrow our patio space) there was nothing. Oh, well.
They were still pretty!
After the plant sale, we hit the National Herb Garden for some inspiration, and then made our way around the rose garden as well. Nothing in bloom, really, other than a few early season flowers (the blizzard two weeks ago really messed up our spring).
Peanut insisted on being let down to smell everything in the perfume garden. This point is pretty much when Nugget started clamoring to be released from the backpack, too.
After a slight detour to check out the daffodils and a flowering tree, we headed for the original Capitol columns. Hands down the coolest sight in the Arboretum.
Bad back-lighting alert!
All the world’s a stage for Peanut, but certain places and spaces give more scope for her full range of dramatic expression. Dramatic dancing and belting out pop songs commenced.
I attempted some artistic photography and failed miserably.
And all the while, the little dude was whining and complaining in my ear, kicking me and pulling my hair. He thought it a spectacular injustice that his sister was running around treating the columns as her own personal Broadway stage, while he was still trapped in a backpack.
So this had to happen. I didn’t mind, really – he weighs almost as much as Peanut, so I was starting to think it a bit unfair that Steve was getting in a nice easy walk with an empty backpack while I was hauling about thirty pounds.
Plus – they were ADORABLE. I did have to pick Nugget up when a Meetup group for greyhounds and their parents came down the path. Peanut had a ball greeting all the dogs (some of whom were taller than she is!) and charming the folks while Nugget was whimpering in my arms. (He loves the idea of dogs but takes awhile to warm up to the reality, especially when it’s greyhound-sized.)
All in all – a lovely walk in the sunshine! Not exactly the most challenging hike we’ve ever done, but there’s something to be said for a nice easy day on a paved trail, enjoying blossoming trees and blue skies.