Along the Potomac

Trip Start May 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 10, 2012

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park McLean
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Thompson Boat House

Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Saturday, June 23, 2012

        For such an urban city, DC has a lot of outdoor activities to do.  There is always a game of softball being played on the Mall and there are plenty of shirtless runners to envy as they run the steps along the Potomac River.  On the river, there is plenty of sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. 
        Five friends and I rented three kayaks and set off down the Potomac.  We rented them from a small boathouse in Georgetown located on the Waterfront.  Georgetown is a very nice elite part of town where the shopping is high end and the residents include Nancy Pelosi. 
        We kayaked downstream with Georgetown on one side and Rosslyn, Virginia on the other.  The weather was great, not too hot and plenty of sunshine.  We kayaked around Theodore Roosevelt Island and towards the Lincoln Memorial.  The view of the Lincoln Memorial from the Potomac is amazing.  And likewise, the view from the steps on the back of the Lincoln Memorial out on the river is great, perfect to watch the sunset.  After a few hours, we called it a day and headed back to shore.
        After having kayaked around Theodore Roosevelt Island, I wanted to go back and explore the island for a bit.  To get there you have to take a metro to Rosslyn then cross a walking bridge to the island.  The island is wooded with trails running around and up to the water's edge.  In the center is the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial with a pavilion and statue of the president.  The island is a beautiful piece of wilderness outside the city.  It would be a nice quiet place for a picnic or to walk your dog. 
        The island and river are a great escape from the city... especially if you're missing a bit of Missourah.  

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