Good morning, people!
We have a fabulous--and very warm spring--right now.
It is nice, I am so not complaining.
Nature is like a dream state at the moment. Just perf in every regard.
Peter and I went hiking on Sunday.
We ventured to nearby River Bend Park in Great Falls, VA.
Lovely, just lovely.
There are an array of trails there, you can just have your pick.
We picked to hike on The Potomac Heritage Trail.
I so appreciate this area. I love living here. As I have said before, it is SO easy to enjoy nature. There are so many trails, so much nature that we have access to. All the time.
I am so very thankful.
In Sweden we have something called Allemansrätten (the right of public access). It means that you can walk/hike anywhere you want, even on someone's private land. You have the right to nature wherever you are, and the landowner cannot stop you.
Well, sure, you cannot really walk in someone's private front/back yard. BUT, you can walk/bike/horseback ride/pick flowers/berries etc on private land. You are even allowed to camp out for three nights on someones private property. However, out of courtesy it is nice to ask the land owner before you pitch your tent, and before you make a camp fire etc.
So, in Sweden it is easy to venture out in nature. All is there for you.
The entire country.
However, I have never missed Allemansrätten since I moved to the states. I find it just as easy to reach nature here as in Sweden.
That is, of course, thanks to the abundance of green space that the Park Service and other organizations provide for us.
I have Shenandoah National Park pretty much in my back yard.
And that, my dear friends, is nothing but GRAND!
And, of course I live in Reston, and with that I have 55 miles of paved, and unpaved, paths to hike and/or bike on.
So, I have never felt slighted in that regard at all since I moved to the US.
Sure, like everything else in the US it differs. This is just me speaking from my little, tiny corner of this humongous country.
The Virginia Bluebells down by River Bend were probably a little past their peak when Peter and I were hiking Sunday.
But, it was STILL so lovely. It was like walking in a fairly tale of blue. And people, it smelled SO good in the woods.
It was so very serene and so very beautiful.
Well, the hiking season is upon us. Peter and I have already been planning our next hike. That very hike will take place on The Appalachian Trail. Surprised? Anybody?
Have a very good Tuesday!
Sunday was a nice day for all kinds of outdoor stuff.
The Potomac looks so lovely and serene here.
Virginia Bluebells, a bit past their prime. But still so very lovely!
The whole riverbank is full of these lovely flowers!
Such a wonderful day to be outside!
Peter on the Virginia side of the Potomac. The land on the opposite side is Maryland.
How I love the veils of light, light green!
A small little pond in the middle of the woods.