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There is a national park in Glen Echo, MD, a popular amusement park and a center for arts, built in 1891. It is one of the most enchanting places for kids and adults to visit (for more photos, click here). During my last trip to the park, I took a photo of this old trolley bridge, located close to the park's entrance. This old trestle supported the Glen Echo trolley, the main mode of transportation for visitors to the park, during the early park years. (23 comments)
This Weekend Around Arlington, VA and Glen Echo, MD - 04/28/11 07:43 PM
Fun Events for the Entire Family - Glen Echo Park, MD and Arlington, VA Weekend is almost here. Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? These two events will provide lots of fun for people of all ages. They are located at two of my favorite parks in the area, Glen Echo and Potomac Overlook.
Glen Echo Park, MD FAMILY DAY at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812 (map). April 30th, Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy carousel rides, artist demonstrations, family dancing, Irish dance performances and instruction, magic shows. park tours, and more. Call 301-634-2222 or click (12 comments)
Meet Cirrus, Orion, and Ziggy (from left to right) This week is a Spring break for my kids, so yesterday, I took them and their friends to the Washington, DC National Zoo. We go to the Zoo frequently, but see it in a different light each time we visit. I snapped this photo during lunch time at the Zoo. Alpacas were very hungry, but still had good manners. They stayed together and shared some delicious grass. The original title of this photo was "Wordless Wednesday ... Lunch at the Zoo Is Being Served", however, I changed it after I've read a funny comment. I believe the new title, created by Lloyd (31 comments)
Glen Echo Park, MD - Enchanting, Educational, FUN - 04/25/11 01:23 AM
One of the best things about Arlington, VA is its location. Within just a few minutes, you can be in Washington, DC or Maryland. Before moving to Virginia, I lived in Washington, DC and Maryland, discovering many great things about each place. Last Saturday, I decided to visit Glen Echo Park in Maryland. When my kids were smaller, we used to go there all the time to see puppet shows, take rides on the Carousel, or just have fun at the playground. This is a historic park, established in 1891. Since it was a playoff game for the Washington Capitals, my family chose watching a hockey game instead of visiting a park. My (15 comments)
An Old Trolley Brings Memories Back... - 04/23/11 05:28 PM
After a rainy morning, we had a beautiful afternoon, temperature in 70s. I have decided to grab my camera and look for something old in my area: old building, perhaps like one of the old barns Rob Thomas beautifully captures on his camera. I haven't found any barns around Washington, DC, but I have found something old - a trolley. This old trolley has been a fixture around Gen Echo Park, Maryland for many years. I love the way it speaks of times long gone.
Live With Passion! - 04/23/11 10:44 AM
Another rainy day in my town, not much to do but read and contemplate - my favorite way to spend weekends. It seems many of you have been doing the same today, as I see quotes popping up all around ActiveRain. My theme today is "live with passion", encouraged by Tony Robbins, one of my favorite motivational speakers. You can't help but get excited about life when you listen to him. Here are some quotes to ignite passion in your heart: 1. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the (15 comments)
Easter Egg Hunt in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC - 04/21/11 07:31 PM
Many of Arlington, VA residents have already left town in search of Easter Bunnies in other parts of the country, but for those who are spending this weekend at home, here are some places where you and your kids may have some fun this Saturday: QUINCY PARK 1201 North Quincy StreetArlington, Virginia 22201 (map) APRIL 23, 2011, Saturday, 10 am Among many activities for kids and their parents, you may enjoy: Easter egg hunt, hugging the Easter Bunny, face painting, moon bounce, and bike raffle. *
WESTOVER VILLAGE, 1644 N McKinley RdArlington, Virginia 22205 (map) APRIL 23, 2011, Saturday, 10 am This event will (6 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - Potomac Overlook Park in Bloom - 04/20/11 12:19 PM
Each day, as I walk with my dog at one of Arlington, VA parks, I notice more flowers in bloom. For those of you who live in northern states, and have not had a chance to enjoy the wonders of Spring yet, here are some photos for you. Just imagine yourself walking through this enchanting park. Have a fabulous Wednesday!
My friend, Roy Kelley, is a master of flower photography. He is also a big promoter of the Brookside Gardens in Maryland. If you have a chance, stop by this amazing place, take lots of pictures, and share them with your ActiveRain friends. Also, make sure you visit Roy's posts each day - you will be love his photos. Have a fabulous Wednesday! Via Roy Kelley, Montgomery County, Maryland (RE/MAX Realty Group): Wednesday is a day for daffodils in Montgomery County The Washington Daffodil Society presented its 62nd Annual Daffodil Show at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Wheaton Regional Park, on April 9-10, (0 comments)
Parks of Arlington VA - Potomac Overlook Park - 04/18/11 08:16 AM
For those of you who like to walk, there are many great parks to explore in Arlington, Virginia. The weather was georgous on Sunday, so I decided to take a walk at one of my favorite places, Potomac Overlook Park (map). This is one of the best kept secrets in Arlington, VA. The park is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, such as Bellevue Forest, and most of the people who walk there are local residents. My daughter gets a credit for introducing me to this park. She took a wonderful nature camp there a few years ago, and since then we have been visiting Potomac Overlook Park regularly. Potomac Overlook provides a variety of events and programs (23 comments)
Speechless Sunday - Through the Eyes of My Daughter - 04/17/11 04:54 PM
My daughter has been having a great time walking around Arlington, VA with me and taking pictures of nature. Here are two of her favorite photos she took this weekend. Have a great Sunday.
Speechless Sunday - Doggy Playdate - 04/17/11 12:16 PM
Oh, Sundays! I love when we have nothing to do and we can just enjoy the moment. My daughter and her friend took care of our pup and his friend. We call her "Blondie." Django, yes, for you jazz fans, our dog is named after Django Reinhardt. If you want to listen to some great jazz click here. Django loves Bindi and was happy to spend some quality time with her. Below are some pictures my daughter and her friend took during the Sunday romp.
After an exhausting play time, the love birds shared a bone.
The girls forgot to move my laptop! My secret is out (18 comments)
What Size of a House Is Right for You? - 04/15/11 06:52 PM
How big of a house is big enough for our needs? I have watched a video today posted by one of Arlington, VA Realtors and the video made a great impression on me. You can watch it too, if you click here. This video made me think about different ways people choose to live. The lady in the video lives in Manhattan in a 90-square foot apartment. I am not suggesting we all rent a closet and move in, but I believe it is time for builders and consumers to re-think the need for huge homes built to impress, rather than to live in comfort. Also, (27 comments)
This Weekend in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC - 04/14/11 11:19 PM
It's almost a weekend, and as usual, there is a lot going on in Arlington VA and Washington DC. Below are some events you may enjoy: April 16, Saturday Civil War Family Festival. All ages. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover how the Civil War challenged the postal system. Sort mail in a train car, explore stamps commemorating Abe Lincoln, learn about Confederate postage. National Postal Museum, Washington, DC. Family & Youth Casting Call Fishing Event. All ages. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Go fishing, play games and have fun, all while learning about the great outdoors. Fletcher's Boathouse, C&O Canal National Historical (10 comments)
"A Man May Live Long Yet Live Very Little" - 04/10/11 06:34 PM
One of the things I love to do on weekends is to catch up on my reading. Last night, I started to read a little book, called "How Successful People Think" by John C. Maxwell. One of his statements particularly struck me: "The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little." How true, I thought. I have a tendency to keep myself busy at all times, filling my days with meaningless tasks, while forgetting to look at the big picture. Do I (25 comments)
Sunday Walk Through Georgetown ... Stepping Back in Time - 04/10/11 02:10 PM
My daughter and I decided to take a walk through Georgetown today. This is one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in Washington, DC, founded in 1751. The main streets are lined with stores, cafes, and restaurants, always full of people walking and shopping. But when you leave the busy streets and walk deeper into the neighborhood, the time moves back. As we were strolling through the charming, narrow streets, we marveled at the beautiful townhomes adorned with old windows and doors, often framed by colorful baskets of flowers. Below are a few photos from our Sunday trip. The spring is present everywhere in Georgetown.
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The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival - 04/09/11 07:18 PM
This Sunday, April 10th, is the last day of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, ending with the Kite Festival. This is probably one of the most spectacular events of the festival. The kite makers and kite fliers from across the US and other countries will demonstrate their skills including the Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. You can bring your own hand-made kite, make a kite at an activity station, or buy the official kite of the Blossom Kite Festival to fly on the Public Field. The Blossom Kite Festival is located on the grounds of the Washington Monument, at five different areas: the Competition Field, Demonstration Field, (12 comments)
Cherry Blossom Festival Ends this Sunday - 04/08/11 10:50 PM
This is almost the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. There are only two more days left to enjoy the festivities, so make sure you attend the National Cherry Blossoms Parade this Saturday. Day and Time: April 9, 10 AM - Noon, rain or shineLocation: Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW (map)Cost: FREE along Parade route, $17/person for Grandstand Seating The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of Washington, DC's largest public events of the year. About 100,000 spectators from around the world participate in this event. The parade includes decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, (7 comments)
I have been starting each day with checking Roy Kelley's blog. He always brightens my day by posting amazing photos of flowers. Please make sure you stop by his blogs and enjoy his fabulous photographs each day. He will be happy if you subscribe to his blog. Via Roy Kelley, Montgomery County, Maryland (RE/MAX Realty Group): Thursday Photographs From The Camellia Society of Potomac Valley Show and Sale Dolores and I visited the Camellia Society of Potomac Valley Show and Sale last Saturday at Brookside Gardens. The judges were selecting the award winners while we were taking the pictures before the show opened to (4 comments)
The Friends of the Arlington Public Library will be holding their semi-annual Book Sale this Thursday through Sunday, April 7-10. This is a great time to add some new books to your home library. You will find volumes covering every topic, including history, biography, mystery, science fiction, cookbooks, children's books, home decorating, and more. In addition to books, there will be hundreds of CDs and DVDs for all ages. My kids and I usually attend this event every day of the sale, finding great books each time we go. I love mystery and suspense books and stock up my library twice a year. Most of hardcover books, like new, are sold for $2-3 each, softcover (12 comments)
It Was an Amazing Day in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC - 04/04/11 10:32 PM
It was a gorgeous day in Arlington, VA and Washington DC area, temperature in 80s. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, the spring was in the air, and I couldn't resist taking a drive to Washington DC to see cherry blossoms again. My son stayed home sick today, so I had a choice of keeping him in bed all day on this fabulous day, or taking him with me for a walk among the cherry trees. I decided in favor of cherry blossoms and sunshine. It turned out to be just the right medicine, and by the end of our walk he felt much better. The (17 comments)
Lazy Sunday - Photos of Gardens and Flowers - 04/03/11 07:36 PM
I have visited Ikebana exhibit at the US National Arboretum last week. Here are more photos from my trip. If you haven't had a chance to visit, make sure you find some time to stop by before April 17. The exhibit will be changing weekly, so even if you visited already, you will find new flower arrangements on a display this week. Day: April 1 - 17, Time: 10 AM - 4 PMLocation: U.S. National Arboretum, Bonsai and Penjing Museum - 3501 New York Avenue, NE (map) For more information, visit Ikebana International Washington, DC Chapter #1 website. Below are some photos I (19 comments)
I Love Sundays - A Walk Around Town - 04/03/11 04:57 PM
The weather has been gorgeous in Arlington, VA today, so I decided to walk around town and take some pictures. I went to the park surrounding Marine Corps War Memorial. Many people were doing the same - walking and enjoying the sunny day. Below are some photos I took while enoying the Spring day.
View from the park surrounding Iwo Jima Memorial
Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial)
Prospect House - this is where I watched the fireworks last night Each condominium in Prospect House, facing Washington, DC has a wall of windows, 2-story high, to maximize (12 comments)
Fireworks Light Up the Sky Over Washington DC - 04/02/11 10:04 PM
A little wet forecast for today didn't stop anyone from going to Washington, DC to participate in the Cherry Blossom festivities. Among fun things to do, many locals and out-of-town visitors enjoyed performances by several bands. Family-friendly entertainment included fire boat water shows, face painting, balloon artists, and costumed characters! All events were concluded by the fireworks at 8:30 pm. I am lucky to have a father-in-law living in condominium with a view of the Potomac River and Washington monuments. We celebrated his 86th birthday today, and I took this opportunity to have a photo shoot. Unfortunately, my photos didn't turned out (13 comments)
I have ventured today to the National Arboretum in Washington, DC to see Ikebana exhibit. This is one of the events going on during the Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating Spring in nation's capital. The flower arrangements were exquisite - I only wished I were more adept at using my camera to capture their beauty. For those of you who would like to find out more about this ancient art of flower arrangement, go to History and Spirit of Ikebana. I learned from one of the artists who worked on getting this exhibit ready that the first step in ikebana flower arrangement (13 comments)
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