Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Love Triangle

I love DC.  But I'm also enamored with Vienna, Austria.  (I've only been living in Austria for eight months whereas I lived in DC for 5.5 years.  I don't want to rush things.)  When I lived in the district -- I also lived in Arlington for the first 18 months of my time in the DC area -- I took up residence in Van Ness and Cleveland Park, both located in Northwest and mere minutes from Rock Creek Park (RCP).  Most people that descend into RCP run and cycle on the paved trail adjacent to the road bisecting the park -- perhaps they are unaware of the extensive trail network or they just don't care to use it? -- whereas if I ran anywhere near RCP, I invariably ran part of my route on some bona fide trail in the park.  The trail system in RCP is so extensive and includes so many branches that both short jaunts and longer runs are easily accommodated.  Sadly, as my days in DC started to dwindle, the reality of not living up the road from RCP really started to set in.  This bittersweet feeling, however, didn't last long when I considered -- really considered -- the life, the experiences, and the trail running (in some of the most beautiful country on earth) waiting for me overseas.  Below are a few pictures of my sultry DC mistress followed by a few of the mistress whose company, also, I cannot resist.  

The closest access point to RCP from our apartment in Cleveland Park.
Trail heading into RCP
The Valley Trail traverses a significant portion of RCP.  This sign is near the Maryland border.
Heading up a ridge.
The wooded area surrounding Vienna -- the "Vienna Woods" -- however, are not to be outdone:
The trail heading up toward Kahlenberg.  No snow at this elevation...
...Although just a bit higher, a dusting of snow awaits.
There are several small vineyards in the Vienna Woods.  This is one.  Although foggy, you can make out a few office buildings in the distance.

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