Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Is it April already? Where does the time keep going? Only a handful of weeks left and it seems as though there’s still so much left to do and to see. Work has been especially busy, as we recently lost one of our detail employees, several have been out sick, and two are now reporting directly to the Old Stone House in Georgetown. All in all, the Nature Center is starting to feel a bit… barren. Last Thursday, for example, it was just myself and one other ranger tasked with giving formal presentations to two separate school groups around the fourth grade level. Usually when I interact with park guests in on an informal basis, so this presented an entirely unique challenge. All things considered, I think I handled it well, and the groups seemed to enjoy the time they spent there. Like everything else, we’re making do.


I finally completed the snake project, which will be featured on our revolving high definition display. This one took a little longer to make because of the added details and waiting for the right time to get the footage I needed. It’s a bit longer than the last one. I like to think that’s because I’m learning more about what makes a good presentation; my boss says its because I have a bias or favoritism for snakes. It could very well be both.



My final project will focus on bees, which I will beginning that this week. Aside from that, I have my continued training on horseback for our ranger-led tours. This past week we went out on the trail for about 3 miles, which was a total blast. I got the opportunity to see some wildlife that I have thus far not previously encountered, such as the belted kingfisher. Moreover, you can’t help but feel a little bit dignified when riding a horse. It is definitely the highlight of my week. Besides that, much of work remains the same.


On Saturday I decided to return to the Mall, completely unaware that the Cherry Blossom Festival was in full swing. As I exited the Air & Space Museum, what greeted me was an entire swarm of kites between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Never before have I seen so many kites in one place. Words cannot describe how utterly crowded things were; not even NYC the weekend before gave me the same sense of confinement.



Owing to the warm winter, all of the cherry blossoms have come and gone, save one final holdout. As I walked around the Tidal Basin, I came across the lone tree being swamped by tourists and locals alike clamoring for a picture. Not surprising, considering the situation. Joining the crowd, I took my shots and continued on to the Jefferson, FDR, and MLK memorials. The monuments around the Basin are all very well done and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quiet afternoon or in need of a walk. It was a great day for a stroll, albeit a bit gusty. If the weather persists, I’m planning on visiting Alexandria this coming weekend.



"Blush of pink blossoms

Caress and gently conduct

A spring symphony."





"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." -- Thomas Jefferson



"Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt


Nothing more to report for now. Be sure to look for a guest blog post by my friend Lea in the coming week!


Until next time.

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