Last Saturday, Mike and I took Bailey down to the George Washington Parkway to walk the trail along the Potomac River and the pretty parkway. After my very first winter, I am experiencing my very first (actual) Spring.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have NEVER appreciated Spring appropriately, nor have I been sufficiently grateful and relieved at the sight of green grass. What a contrast it is when you experience months on end of grey, freezing days where all you long for is a day without long-johns… to 80 degrees, sunny, and vibrant flowers blooming. And – I hadn’t even missed them consciously – but the birds are back! Wrens, robins, and small chirp-y birds are swooping and singing all around us. I didn’t even notice their absence until I noticed their return and bright cheer! Spring is here!
I took pictures, as Mike puts it, “every 10 feet.” I just had to try to capture the new life. I don’t know if my Fellow Florida friends will see the same immensity of beauty in these photos as I saw in person (they will, of course, see beauty, but will it be breathtaking to those who have not recently felt as though they were under the reign of the White Witch of Narnia??)… And, of course, I don’t think the pictures do justice – so those who have been in oppressed Narnia with me may also not see the beauty as I did. I hope you see some…
This loooong snake (see how he wraps all the way around back toward his head?) was lying in wait for innocent passers by like Bailey. Thankfully, a nice man warned us to walk far from the fence so that Bailey wouldn’t get bitten.
Yes, he’s foaming at the mouth. No, he doesn’t have rabies… This is right before I decided to let him swim in the Potomac River (see background of photo). The Potomac is super-duper polluted. Eww…
This sculpture was made to look like a broken work of art… I think it’s supposed to be a Greek God of something. See the spear in the background? It was really cool looking. As you can see, Bailey agreed.
The trail, on our way back. We had walked a long time, walked into town (kind of) to get Tropical Smoothie and some tap water for Bailey, sat on a bench outside while enjoying our treats, and then headed back. The boardwalk was a nice last(ish) place to meander.
Someone remind me to blog about today’s adventures later… Oh goodness.