Category Archives: History

El Galeón and a Super Moon

Last weekend we had a visit from El Galeón Andalucia, a full-size replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon. The ship docked at the Alexandria Waterfront from 9 to 14 November as  one of her stops along a journey up … Continue reading

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Streamlined

Here’s a few interesting shots from a walking tour of historic Del Ray, Virginia, which was for the most part a tour of the town of Potomac, Virginia, which existed from 1908-1929. The genesis of the tour was a complaint … Continue reading

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Two Falls

This past Friday I drove out to Shenandoah National Park with a friend to reconnoiter an upcoming hike near the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, in the Big Meadows area of the park. The planned hike is a counter-clockwise … Continue reading

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A hike in Patapsco Valley State Park

Last weekend we took a nice hike up in Maryland, at Patapsco Valley State Park, just south of Baltimore. For the first part, we crossed the river on a suspension bridge and hiked a 1.25 miles upstream on the Gristmill … Continue reading

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Unsettling thought

I enjoy wildlife, and I can’t imagine what life would be like without it. But I value human life as being infinitely more precious. Without human life, there would be no one appreciating wildlife and taking steps to protect it. … Continue reading

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Splashin’ around in Old Town

Over the past couple of months I’ve been sadly negligent in writing posts about our walking and hiking outings — the last post was last September, about plans for a hike to a pair of historic plantations in Maryland. But … Continue reading

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Two Plantations

A hike I’m cooking up to be scheduled sometime during the next few weeks will be a twofer, visiting the sites of two historic plantations in southern Maryland: Mount Aventine and Habre de Venture. The two plantations are preserved today … Continue reading

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