A couple weeks ago, on a visit to one of the end of year art and craft exhibits, I discovered a new place for walks. I had been to Fort CF Smith before, as it is a favorite place for art exhibits. However, I had always been with a friend and thus distracted from the landscape, usually by someone who wanted to leave immediately after seeing the exhibit.
This time, when I exited the house, I looked down a swathe of lawn and realized I needed to check the place out. It’s only a five-minute drive from my home.
I learned that there was a short trail, and I went back the next day to check it out. The land itself is high ground above the Potomac and the Fort was one of a number that formed a defense of the Capitol during the Civil War.
The walk is a lovely, wooded loop above the George Washington Memorial Parkway. What a nice array of trees it has: tulip poplar, beech, white and pin oaks, hickory, and –bonus of bonuses—there is a paw paw patch! Heh, heh, one more place to discover good eating in the fall…
There is also a landscaped area that is more park-like and I enjoyed that as well, with its Japanese maple leaves mixing with golden Gingko.
I also saw this, a Camellia of some sort (sinensis?), and I had to stop and enjoy it for a few minutes.
I’ll be back here when I need a short wooded get-away to clear my head. Having such a breath of fresh air so close is a great gift.