Scenes from my long run while visiting Kathy and Bob - it's always fun to explore new places and take a camera along.
I took the metro to DC and started at Union Station:
DC's Liberty Bell is right outside:
It's cherry blossom time! And a beautiful morning for blossom viewing (OK, it was a little chilly for just standing around looking at them, but great weather for running):
The Capitol looks much better now without scaffolding:
Every good run through DC should probably include the Mall:
This box was sitting by itself in the middle of the Mall with an interesting old car inside. I found out later that a few days prior the box had contained the car from Ferris Bueller; that would have been neat to see too:
The pool on the way to see Lincoln:
Good morning sir!
I wasn't very selfie-inspired that day, but I do like the view from the Lincoln Memorial:
New running territory for me - heading across the bridge toward Arlington:
The excellent bike path going north along the Potomac:
The Potomac Heritage Trail continues along the river:
It's a real hiking trail, narrow and fun (with a few rocks and roots), with the added adventure of briefly running near the highway:
Back to the quiet of river level, with a nice view of the Key Bridge:
An excellent little bridge over the drainage:
Awesome rocks and a wilderness feel, even being relatively close to the road:
I headed up the large drainage called Donaldson Run:
I ran several of the park trails and discovered a solar covered shelter, nice!
Running over to the overlook:
As promised in the above sign, there wasn't much to see, but at least I had just come from the river and didn't really feel cheated by this view:
Hey cool! Seems like a good reason for a selfie:
Fun trail design, on my way back out to the street:
A few more miles of streets and I was at my next target - a bagel for second breakfast! My favorite bagel chain outside NYC. I only wish I could have carried some out with me.
I didn't see much street art, but this mural rather made up for some of that:
I was looking for Taft, hmm, I don't think that's exactly what I meant:
Tulips starting to bloom - on my way to the side entrance into Arlington National Cemetery:
Time to walk for a bit and respect this place.
Ah, here's William Howard Taft. We had been to the cemetery previously but at the time I wasn't actively looking for dead presidents (just running across them randomly). So it took a bit more focus to find this, now I can say I did:
John and Jacqueline Kennedy:
Beautiful magnolia trees:
Down the hill, figure out how to exit the cemetery on foot, across back to DC, and a brief visit with Martin Luther King:
Joining a large number of people walking around the Basin taking pictures of lovely cherry blossoms:
So very pretty:
Exploring cities, one of my favorite ways to log running miles.