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May 18-22 Days 175-179 Potomac-in’ Up to DC
At the risk of having Homeland Security come check us out, we’ve spent the last few days honing in on our target: Washington D.C. Overall the Potomac is far less developed than what we expected; in fact, the majority of the journey up it felt quite remote and uninhabited. We took a few days to make the 100 miles. We thought it prudent to have the extra days built in for any unforeseen circumstances (ie weather and/or boat problems) since the one and only hard date on our calendar is our son’s graduation ceremony.
Just shortly after leaving Chesapeake Bay and entering the mouth of the Potomac River, we were flagged down by a distant speck– the only human life/water craft in sight.
We made it to Bayside Marina in Colonial Beach, Virginia—clearly a vacation destination but mid-week before Memorial Weekend it was still a nice, quiet place.
Colonial Beach, Va: Sunrise on the Potomac and Sunset on the Marina side
We had an uneventful journey the next day as we continued up the Potomac where we spent 2 nights. I’m not really sure where those 48 hours went though!??!? No town reasonably nearby: just some docks and walks for us.
BUT, should you think it was restful….this was perched over our heads:
The second night we were joined by Tom V and Betty B for dinner who were kind enough to drive 4 hours roundtrip to make the visit!
A couple of shots to show just how undeveloped the Potomac is. On the left: just 10 miles away from DC and on the right: 22 miles away
Made it to Washington Marina right downtown and only blocks from the National Mall:
We had Kaj and Paola over for appetizers on the boat and then out for dinner… it was so exciting I forgot to take a pic of us! But after dinner, we did take a tour of Kaj ‘s and Paola’s SAIS classrooms.
Since we missed the group shot at the boat yesterday, this may have to do: