More partial days available for hiking lately, where we only had a few hours but were longing to get away from everything.
Who knew that right near our nation's capital this would be so easy? First, off to Bladensburg Waterfront Park.
Right in the middle of an industrial area characterized by auto parts dealers, scrap metal yards, and a few old factories,
There's this network of trails along the Anacostia River. The Anacostia is known for its pollution and its occasional dead body.
lovely boardwalks through wetlands,
and the occasional dancing Swiss guy.
Our next close-in getaway was to the Patuxent Research Refuge.
We hadn't been there in a while and I don't think we'd ever discovered the long trail that goes all the way around the lake
There are also some grassy areas
and a few piers where you can get a good look over the water.
Remind me to bring our binoculars next time.
After our hike, we put the pups in the car and went inside the really nice visitors center. It's set up with some great educational exhibits on the wildlife of the area, as well as some on broader conservation concerns such as the fact that our planet is being choked by rapidly propagating humans who are filling the oceans with trash and wiping out entire species and transforming rich bioscapes into desolate wastelands and pumping out babies and building and developing and manufacturing crap in pursuit of more more more more MORE.
But they said it a bit more eloquently, and in a way that may change minds and hearts rather than just alienate people.
Never been my strong suit.