We finally made it to the glorious Bluebell Path in Bull Run Park. We’ve only ever been there for the Festival of Lights, but this year, I took the kids during the bluebells’ peak bloom, and it was phenomenal.
The floodplain around the river is so thickly carpeted with Virginia bluebells that it looks like a storybook. One expects to encounter fairies at any moment.
The bluebells are still there this weekend, so GO! But after that, they turn yellow, wilt and utterly disappear.
Like the Yoshino cherry trees in the tidal basin or at Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda or the azaleas at the national arboritum, they are so worth the effort. And it is always a bit of effort to track online when they will be in best shape and then make the trip. The bluebells at Bull Run were not crowded anything like the other bloom events I’ve mentioned. There were certainly people there, but it wasn’t crazy, traffic wasn’t bad, and if you are local, park admission is free. Besides which, it was a very pleasant walk/hike for exercise.
Of course, there are other wildflowers in bloom throughout the forest as well. The bluebells are particularly thick along the river banks, but the whole forest floor was wearing these delicate little white flowers.
I will say that the path is pretty rugged and there are a number of logs to climb over. Strollers are not feasible. And yes, there was that point at which Salty got tangled in a piece of RUSTY BARBED WIRE which was on the path. Egads!
Growing up in cowland, I have a thorough understanding of things like barbed wire and tetanus. Like the time my brother and I were playing in the abandoned chicken coops in the back of our yard and John stepped on a board with a nail in it, and yeah, put the nail right through his foot. Squirm on that for a second. Okay. I told Fluffer about tetanus.
Warning personal convictions on vaccines incoming:
Me: He’ll be okay. He’s had all his tetanus shots. I think 3 already. I made you kids get all your shots even though you don’t like them. I don’t like doing them either, but I want all of you to be safe and healthy.
Fluffer (who hates shots just as much as I do): Thank you, Mom.
Me: I’m so glad you said that.
Fluffy: When I grow up, I’m going to make my kids get their shots, too, so I can be wise. So far I’m having a pretty great life, and I want to keep it going.
I think the most impressive thing about the Bluebells Path was the sheer abundance. It really is impressive to see THAT many bluebells all together. Each little flower is so tiny, and together they made this massive sea of blue.
We even spied a couple of pink ones!
And now the dogwoods (my favorite) are coming toward their peak. Man, I love Virginia in the spring.