Before we step into the new year, it’s time to look back at some snapshots from this one.
We started out the year arriving at Dulles. On the drive to home sweet home, we took this photo of the new Silver Line as it turned toward Tysons.
A long, overdue visit to the Octagon House revealed unexpected architectural delights. We joined a friend and about two-dozen members of the Cal Alumni Club of Washington, D.C.
I spoke at a Java Jolt about New Alexandria. John Andrews stole the show with tales of childhood feats at the neighborhood he grew up in.
We didn’t take as many road trips as in past years but one to Eastport (Annapolis) was a good one. Housed in an old oyster-shucking plant, the Maritime Museum topped the list of highlights.
A rare sight in Washington, as air traffic came to a halt. This monumental feat allowed The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to take place. Fifteen warbird formations flew down the Mall, a sight to behold. The show came on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
The event of the season in Alexandria was the visit of L’Hermione. For three days, long lines that exceeded expectations filed past the Torpedo Factory. Alexandrians were reminded of the city’s seaport heritage and felt the warm embrace of the ties that bind the two red, white and blue countries.
You should have heard the oohs and aahs in our dining room one summer morning, as a Pileated Woodpecker swooped down from its lofty perch on one of the tall oaks in our backyard, and landed on our birdfeeder. This heifer dang near knocked the thing over and certainly knocked our socks off. Enchanted by her appearance, we named her Willa.
Alexandria always boasts of being a great reading town, but where were the book fairs? The first of what we hope are many took place at the Beatley Library. These three authors certainly know a thing or two about the history of the seaport. Their coverage is left to right - alcohol, politics and religion. Try and top that!
This year I tried to get out more and see more of the area with morning walks. One of the most rewarding came in October with a visit to Lake Accotink in Springfield.
In its time, Belvoir shined as the premier riverside manor. And yet, so few visit its ruins.
We did something about that with a guided tour provided by Patrick O’Neill, sponsored by the Fort Belvoir Cultural Division and attended in the most part by members of the Alexandria Archaeology community.
The year is ending with mild weather so we will end with a photo taken on a mild December morning, at a spot along the Potomac, one we should have visited a long time ago…