Monday, January 9, 2012

Another Side of the Potomac

Last summer, Florian and I took a drive along a road that we remembered for its views of swampy, sparsely populated, thickly wooded forest and its proximity to the Potomac. We vowed to come back sometime and explore, and this weekend we finally got a chance to. 

The road was 224 and the place we got off to hike was Purse State Park. It was a gorgeous day and a great place for the dogs, with a few open fields and some spooky ruins of the kind we love.

But the best part was when we found, with the help of Florian's excellent sense of direction, a trail that led directly to the Potomac. 

This part of the river is extremely wide, and as we descended the trail to the sandy beach at its bank we heard the cries of birds that sounded just like seagulls. 

The beach was narrow, as the water was high. 

The river drains into the Chesapeake Bay not far from where we were, so in this spot it has many of the characteristics of the ocean. 

We certainly felt like we were a lot farther than a 45 minute drive from our familiar existence in the suburbs of our nation's capital.

Vast open water, silence but for the slight lapping of waves and the mysterious call of aquatic birds, bright sunlight in the stillness of late afternoon. 

No one on the beach but for a friendly older couple out for a walk, just like we were. The beach is narrow because the tide's in, the man said.

And I thought, Goddess willing, that's us in 20 years. A friendly older couple still doing our walks in the places we love, but with a knowledge of those places born of walking there for years. 


  1. Beautiful and the pups look like they're having a great time. What in the world is Lamar hauling out of the river? It looks like one big stick.

  2. What a beautiful place. I'm so glad you got to share it with your dogs.

  3. Beautiful scenery, and what fun for the dogs!

  4. That was beautiful and the pups looked like they were having a great time! Thanks for sharing the outing with us!

  5. Wow!! It all looks so beautiful. Glad yall got to enjoy the wonderful view and walk.. I am glad that all the pooches got to roam around. They look like they are thoroughly enjoying it. :)

  6. It looks so beautiful. I love those little-known state parks with all their treasures and wonders.

  7. you have all that water to your self. That is one fun play time and so purrty
    Benny & Lily

  8. Another gorgeous spot. The dogs look like they're having a ball. Isn't it cold there though? to be in the water?

    Goddess Good one.


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