Two nights ago was our final frost…or at least it most probably was. Everybody in my neighborhood was out working in their garden.

It was a beautiful Sunday, and many people celebrated Easter – what a great day to do it here in Washington, DC. My family and I went to Shenandoah National Park. It’s a real treasure and less than 90 minutes from where I live.

We hiked together up Compton Gap Trail. It’s an easy hike with plenty of big rocks to climb, like the one my daughter and I are on top of above.

Although the trees are bare, there’s a green haze that permeates the branches, millions of tiny buds that have not yet formed anything more substantial.

I feel so much possibility in the air. Like all the plants preparing to re-emerge in our northern hemisphere landscape, I feel new life on the horizon. Buds not quite unfolding… but soon… very soon.

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” — Algernon Charles Swinburne