One of the amazing things about living in DC is there is so much great stuff to do here (lots of it free). The National Arboretum has been on my “To Visit” list for years, but despite living in DC for 10 years now, I never visited until last weekend. My lovely wife read in the paper that the Arboretum was doing tram tours on Saturday, and we decided to check it out. A tram tour is a good introduction to the Arboretum, because it is 446 acres and there is way too much to see on foot in one day. We got a good overview of the collections, and we are eager to go back and explore more (especially when all the flowering trees are blooming in the Spring!)
For this weekend however, we just took a short walk after our tour, through a bunch of azaleas and then across the field above to check out the columns – which are from the U.S. Capitol. They are sandstone columns which were replaced with marble when the East Portico of the Capitol was renovated in 1958. The columns were in storage for decades, and finally moved to the Arboretum in the early 1990s (if I am remembering correctly). It kind of makes you wonder what other huge, interesting thing our country has in storage!