Monthly Archives: July 2013


Some photos from a few walks during the last 2 weeks. I love the fun of a group hike, but it’s always when I’m blundering around on an unscripted hike, not worried about (and often) getting lost, that I run across the interesting subjects.

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Two rivers

Quite a busy weekend hiking at sites along two rivers in two different directions: south to the Occoquan River on Saturday, and then across the Potomac River to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on the Anacostia River on Sunday. Occoquan Regional Park sits … Continue reading

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A golden blade

Monday evening the National Park Service had a ceremony to light up the scrim (metal scaffolding and fabric) that will encase the Washington Monument for the next year or so, while the damage caused by the earthquake in August 2011 is … Continue reading

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A scarecrow standing silent in a fallow field. A shed collapsing under creeping growth, a rusting visor over its empty eyes. The fence pulled down by persistent vines, despite its rotting rubber rails. Let’s come back tonight.  

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Fort C.F. Smith hike

Fort C.F. Smith is actually a deceptive name for the 6-mile hike we took on June 24, because the old Civil War fort in Arlington, Virginia, was not really the focus of the hike. It was simply a convenient assembly point because of its central location, parking, and the amenities … Continue reading

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