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This evening I headed on the Mount Vernon trail to Gravelly Point Park to check out the view on the Potomac.  Approximate route from Rosslyn is here.

This is incredible!  It’s absolutely thrilling to watch this huge object soar over you and then gracefully land feet away.  My biking buddy introduced me to this plane-watching method.  Lie down with your feet facing the runway.  You’ll hear the plane approaching (suspense!), then get a great view of it passing over, and finally be able to see it land.

And to make this better than just hanging out at your regular airport, there’s the Potomac on one side and views into DC to see the Capitol, Washington Monument, and the like.

Check it out.  I only wish I was there when it was dark too…

~ Happy Plane Watching ~

Jessica

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Rolling Thunder by the LOCWell, after my tour of the Library of Congress, I decided to run to Rosslyn.  (Have I told you how much I love this city?)  I found the run particularly interesting – and not just because of the influx of bikers in town.  On this run, the memorials were not functioning as aesthetically pleasing tributes to different times in America.  On this run, I witnessed the personal ties that linked people to the memorials.

The WW II Memorial was decorated with flowers between each of its pillars – in honor of more than 400,000 who gave their life and the 16 million who served in the armed forces during World War II.  The visual reminder of why we get a day off from work really changes the focus of the 3-day weekend.  Thanks to all those men and women who have kept the U.S. safe.

Jessica

Rolling Thunder at the WWII Memorial

Rolling Thunder at the WWII Memorial

Well, Bike to Work Day might not have been too popular in my building.

Well, Bike to Work Day might not have been too popular in my building.

Well, I made it to the Rosslyn pit stop.  On my way, I saw a lot of bikers.  The bike trail was getting some good use!

At the stop, I saw some more bikers as well as some tents.  Nothing seemed particularly special – until I left the pit stop.  Normally the intersection of Lee Highway and North Lynn is a little dicey in the morning.  There are usually a lot of impatient cars ready to get on the GW Pkwy or cross the key bridge.  But Friday, bikes ruled.  I crossed the intersection without having to glare at the drivers to force them to stop.

BTWD.  You won.

Some pictures of Bike to Work Day

Rosslyn Skyline As I promised in an earlier post, here’s the story about the run that almost cost me some cash…

In order to get pictures like this and the others in my posts, I run with my camera.  Sometimes I run with a small backpack and other times I carry the camera in a plastic grocery bag.

While checking out the Pacers Running Festival, I went with the plastic bag method.  After capturing some photos of the runners, I proceeded on my own run.  About 10 minutes in, my ipod hates me ran out of battery.  So I took off my ipod armband and placed it with my ipod in my grocery sack.

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