We usually walk in any direction somewhere in the neighborhood every day. I noticed that many of the azaleas are blooming and immediately thought of the national arboretum. So we asked our friend to join us and we drove over to the gardens. We haven't been there for quite some time. There is a lot of renovation going on, there are bald eagle nesting spots that have blocked off many of the roads, and the azaleas are starting to bloom - but are not quite there yet. In spite of all that, it was a beautiful day to wander around through the woods and the grassland. We briefly chatted with the eagle nest keeper, who said we just missed a feeding time. What a job that must be keeping people away from the birds and arresting anyone attempting to do so! There was a lot of up and down walking, unlike the typically straight sidewalks of the city. It was also the first time we at the park during the week, earlier in the day, and no crowds. I didn't mind that at all - but my husband much prefers the noise and people crowds we usually face. Soon the place will be filled with both people and azaleas in full bloom. I think I like it better this way.