A spring time hike is like none other. The trees and bushes are starting to bud – enough to show new greens, pinks and yellows, yet you can still see through the trees to the meadow, the old road beds, and the river. Last Saturday we hiked along the Potomac Heritage Trail in Northern Virginia along the paths where George Washington traveled.

Nature welcomed us with open arms and spread a feast before us. The ground, softened from winter, was fresh with wildflower shoots and Virginia Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). There was a buffet of bluebells all along our path—luscious, as-far-as-the-eye-can-see bluebells.

I was captivated. Nature set its table for us. Now, that’s hospitality.


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