Rattlesnake – Sugarloaf Mountain

I do a quite of walking around DC metro area and in the mountains around the area.  I recently went hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain with some friends.  We found some hikers resting and eating at the overlook where we were going to have lunch.  They warned us that there was a rattlesnake under the rocks we were headed to.  We were freaked out, of course, but still curious to see rattlesnake up close and personal.

One of my friends took several photos of the snake – I just peeped at it and fortunately saw the ‘infamous’ rattle.

We sat at a safe distance and left a written warning for hikers coming after us.



Panhandling for —– organic food! ??

I could not believe my eyes when I saw a panhandler in DC with the sign: “Please help me with some money to buy organic food.”  I thought, what the nerve of this man!  I cannot afford to buy organic food because it is usually so much more expensive than the ‘normal’ one, and yet here is this man asking him to give him my hard earned money for precisely that.

As expected, I did not give him anything.

What do you think about the panhandler’s very expensive taste?  Would you help him?


Capitol Building Tour

I have lived in the DC area, on and off, for more than ten years but only visited the Capitol Building this time around.  I enjoyed the tour and learnt a lot as there was not only a lot to see but the guides were very knowledgeable.  I took several photos to remind myself – and some to share with you 🙂

  1. Helen Keller – her statue is  the only one with braille text added


2. Rosa Parks – the first woman and second black person to lie-in-state in the Capitol.  She was really a courageous woman.


3.  King of Hawaii – I thought this was the most striking because of the bright gold garb.  Those who know me know how much I just love bold colors.


4. The Capitol dome seen from an underground area


Statue of Freedom?  I think that is the name.  It’s a majestic one





Funny, yet not so funny

I belong to a Facebook gardening page where sometimes members ask questions and other answer.  One member posted a picture of a fruit tree and asked what it is.  She said she had bought it from a hawker at a traffic light and was told that it was apple, but looking at the picture it definitely is not.  Other members also said they too had had the same experience.  Well, guess what the plant is?  Coffee!  I could not help but chuckle at the expense of the ‘poor’ members.  However, like others said, the light at the end of the tunnel is that these members can have freshly ground coffee everyday.  It reminds us to buy only from reputable outlets, otherwise we lose as hawkers will tell us what we want to hear or do not know the truth themselves.

DC is hot!!

Someone tell me, where is winter?!! It is very hot today – 22 degrees C!  Several people are in tees and shorts and it’s the middle of winter!

We have not really had proper winter, only a sprinkle of snow a few weeks ago.  I miss winter – can a meteorologist bring us one please!  I hope we don’t get a snowstorm down the line!

I have used too many exclamation marks?  That’s how I feel with this heat!

Umbrella Christmas Tree

I was in Silver Spring, MD over the weekend and saw this interesting Christmas ‘tree’ and umbrella at the top was rotating.


It looked even better at night




Trump Inauguration Parade Stand

OK, I am not sure what the name of the stands that are under construction outside the White House are called, but there is progress.  These parade stands have been under construction for at least a month and I can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like, if I remember to go take a look at them.  One thing I know is I will keep well away from downtown DC when the inauguration takes place.

PS/…  I have always wondered why the inauguration is in the dead of winter – maybe to deter me from attending the festivities since I am ‘allergic’ to the cold?  I would have been game had it been early spring or tail end of summer.

Will anyone be attending the festivities?


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