• Our Potomac Playground

    June 12, 2012, Washington, DC: The boathouses of the Potomac River are a throwback to another era. The Potomac Boat Club first opened in 1869, a hub for Olympic caliber rowers, followed by the opening of the green-shingled Washington Canoe Club next door in 1904 — when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the sporting age was

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  • Nights I Love This Place

    May 22, 2012, Washington, DC: I met a friend halfway today after work; she biked south down Rock Creek Park from Adams Morgan and I pedaled west from Capitol Hill to meet at the Thompson Boathouse. We had every intention of exercising together, perhaps an ambitious sprint up the C&O Canal, but instead we sat there

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  • Memory Lane: Arlington

    July 9, 2011, Arlington, VA: Today marked my first trip back to one of my old neighborhoods since beginning this project, Neighborhood Nomad. I visited Country Club Hills in Arlington, Va., a place whose name implies it is far ritzier than it feels in my memory. This is a picture taken this afternoon of the

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