As a veteran of many trips to the D.C. area, I can not stress enough how perfect October is for a visit. The temperature was not too hot, and not too cold. The traffic was about as good as it gets (not that that's saying much). We didn't encounter any crowds or a single line for anything. Oh - and the scenery?
Especially where we were staying. Because my grandpa lives in a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community, it's not really an ideal spot for our large, loud bunch and so he rents a cabin for us at nearby Algonkian Regional Park. I would imagine that in the summer this spot is crowded, but in the fall we had nearly the entire park to ourselves.
We stayed in the same three bedroom cabin that we did six years ago. Here we were then.
And this was last week.
Doggone it, a lot changes in six years, doesn't it? The car, the kids, the clothes - but not the cabin.
It still sits right on the bank of the Potomac.
The setting, combined with the autumn colors made for magnificent views.
And of course, if you put kids near a body of water, you also have instant entertainment. Add in a steep riverbank to climb and they can spend hours out there. Well, except Reagan's ankle couldn't manage the climb. That's okay. She enjoyed the wireless internet. ;)
I must say, that I enjoyed their outdoor play a lot more this time. Four year old Faith and seven year old Hayden were highly unpredictable creatures. The proximity to the river was a bit nerve wracking that trip.
There was also all sorts of wildlife around. The deer were thick and we also saw squirrels, raccoons and this guy.
Anyone know what that is? I'd guess beaver but I never saw the tail. It lived in a hole in the riverbank and was mighty elusive.
The trees are so thick in the area that you would never guess civilization is less than two miles away. Until lunch time, and then it's good to know that there's a Popeye's just down the road!