The 388-Year Old Atomic Bomb Survivor

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Prominently displayed at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D. C. is the remarkable bonsai known as the Hiroshima Survivor. This rare White Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’) from Miyajima Island in Japan was part of a bonsai collection in Hiroshima when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city, 6 August 1945. Continue reading

Camping at Burke Lake Park

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Burke Lake Park is located in Fairfax Station, Virginia and is owned and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The centerpiece of this 888-acre park is 218-acre Burke Lake where guests can rent boats and canoes to angle for six different species of fish. The park also offers campgrounds, miniature train rides, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, disk golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor and snack bar, picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, and a miniature golf course. Pets are welcome in the park and must be leashed and supervised during their stay. Continue reading