• Places That Shape Us: Biking Home

    January 8, 2013, Washington, DC: I snapped these photos this evening on my bike ride home. It was the first time I’d gotten out and exercised in awhile and I took my sweet time, pausing to balance my bike against a street lamp or curb while removing a glove and taking my camera phone out

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  • A City Goes Out For Recess

    August 18, 2012, Washington, DC: The river was remarkably quiet Friday given the stunning weather. The beach volleyball courts between the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center were empty, the splash park in Georgetown enjoyed by only a happy few. The bike trail west along the canal was green and shaded and breezy, noticeably absent

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  • Just A Little Outdoor Space

    March 29, 2012, Washington, DC: We have a little outdoor space here at home. It overlooks an especially narrow alley because the street behind ours is a diagonal one that squeezes the backs of our homes close together. A mess of tangled black wires hangs above and a confident squirrel paces back and forth there

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  • Great Days, Great Falls

    March 15, 2012, Washington, DC: These are great days. Days when the water sprays up into our faces from a raging river below. Days spent walking with dogs. These are great days for trailrunning and biking and parking at Angler’s Inn just below the Maryland overlook at Great Falls only to find it packed like summer. That particular great

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  • Wilderness in the City: Rock Creek Park

    March 11, 2012, Washington, DC: Some fifteen years ago, I took an overnight bike ride through New York City with hundreds of classmates in my history class. The ride is a bit legendary, and for good reason: Throughout the night, we descended from the Upper West Side, sang through Times Square, visited Fulton Fish Market

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  • Summertime Swims

    July 12, 2011, Washington, DC: High on my list of criteria for what makes cities livable is the ability to get outside. That’s part of what I love about Capital Bikeshare and running watching fireworks by kayak. But on days like this with a heat index of 104, there’s no other option for outdoor recreation

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