Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateauge sunrise virginia

When my friends asked  if I wanted to go camping on the beach at Assateague, I was a little skeptical. I’m not a big camper–in fact, the last time I “camped,” I was in the Army. And that was for weeks at a time in a camouflage tent with a potbelly stove in the dead of winter in Germany. Not that fun. But this would be different: beers, a beach, good food, good weather, and a bunch of friends. And […]

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Chestertown, MD

Reenactors for the Battle of Caulk's Field, War of 1812,

Before we were invited to spend the weekend at our friend’s house in Chestertown, Maryland, I hadn’t heard of the town. It’s not very easy to get to from Washington, DC. It’s on the other side of the Bay Bridge, which I have always associated with traffic jams. Despite this physical and psychological barrier to the serene Eastern Shore, my fiancĂ© and I made the trip on a Saturday morning and spent about 36 hours there, and only have good […]

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Annapolis photo tour

Annapolis sailboats

I received a gift certificate for Washington Photo Safari a company that offers photo tours of DC and the surrounding region. Out of many options, I chose the photography tour of Annapolis. I had never taken a photography lesson so my hope was to learn more about the different functions of my camera, such as shutter speed, F-stops, and ISO adjustments. Steven Rosenbach, the photographer who led the tour, met us and a few others at Starbucks and gave a […]

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I-95 (Philadelphia and New Castle, DE)

I-95 I’ve been driving up and down I-95 between Washington, DC and northern New Jersey since 2008. The 240 mile trip lasts about 5 hours with normal traffic, but at peak rush hour times and especially on Thanksgiving eve, the drive becomes intolerable. This is the most densely populated stretch of highway in the nation, I believe, so driving anywhere on this highway the night before Thanksgiving is not a good idea. I’ve learned my lesson; I now take Amtrak […]

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Great Falls, Potomac MD

Great Falls Potomac MD 2

I drove out to the Maryland side of Great Falls on a Saturday to hike with my dog along the Billy Goat Trail, one of the DC area’s best hikes. Of course the day I chose to go out there, the trail was closed due to flooding. So, I settled for the easy walking path that skirts the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, which is a point of interest unto itself I parked in a lot off MacArthur Boulevard and […]

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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens NE DC

Just when I thought I was running out of things to see in Washington, DC, I discovered this place. It’s located on the far east side of the diamond that Washington DC’s borders form on a map, so I don’t normally head out this way. The park is actually in a run down area of DC; I was not even sure I was going to the right place when I turned off the highway. But I thought the trip was […]

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Antietam National Battlefield, MD

ice cream dog in Sharpsburg Antietam

As I wrote in my Gettysburg post, Washington DC might be the best place in the country for visiting Civil War battlefields. Because the Civil War armies were essentially jockeying the whole time to take control over the federal capital, it follows that most of the battle sites would be located around the DC. I’m lucky in this respect, having been a resident of DC for the last six years. I have made trips to Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and now Antietam. […]

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Road Trip from DC to Detroit

Detroit graffiti

Cities visited: Cumberland, MD; Fallingwater, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Dearborn, MI; Akron, OH; Kent State University, OH; Hagerstown, MD Last fall, when I was still a U.S. government employee, the government shutdown kept me at home for two weeks. Rather than just sit at home and wait for the call to come back to work, I decided to get off the couch and embark on road trip to a city I had heard so much about but […]

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