Saturday, January 02, 2010

A New Years Day Hike - From Turkey Run to Theodore Roosevelt Island

During our last visit to Turkey Run park, I noticed a trail sign for Theodore Roosevelt Island, which was only a mere 8 miles away. Every since that day, I've been nagging Shira to do that hike with me. On News Year Day, with the temperature in the low 40's, I somehow convinced her today was the day (I know, I know, she's an amazing wife!).

And so, around noon - after a quick trip to REI to pick up some last minute gear - David, Shira and I set off on this 8 mile adventure.

The small section of Turkey Run that we did previously was flat and traveled next to the Potomac, making for relatively easy going. I expected we were in for 8 miles of the same. And for the first mile and a half or so, this is what we got. And then curiously, the route ascended sharply in-land, till we were essentially walking along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

By now, I figured the rest of the hike was going to be along the road and wasn't exactly excited about this. However, after a few more miles, we again turned into the woods and things interesting again in a hurry. In fact, the trail got quite technical at times - with a fair amount of scurrying over rocks.

Overall, the hike was excellent - with enough difficultly to keep things interesting. I could have done without some of the car noise from the Parkway at times, but this is a small price to pay for having such a cool hike, that's still very close to DC.

If you're in the area, you should definitely check it out. Some photos below.

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