Author Archives: David R

About David R

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Big Slackwater on the C&O Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was a monumental engineering feat for its day. President John Quincy Adams turned the first shovel-full of dirt for the project on Independence Day in 1828, just a few miles from where I live. The … Continue reading

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Botanical Gardens in Florida

During our annual spring trip to Florida, Sue and I always seek out new places to visit: Old Florida attractions, state parks and other nature preserves, and, lately, botanical gardens. Over the past few years, we’ve visited or revisited quite … Continue reading

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Winter Dreams: Coasts and Shores

January, the most useless month. I wish I could sleep through it and wake up when the crocuses are finally nosing up through the grass. Here in Bethesda, the foot of snow that fell just over a week ago is mostly … Continue reading

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Brookside Gardens’ Model Train Display Recalls the 1960s

Brookside Gardens near Wheaton, Maryland, is one of our favorite local gardens. During the holiday season, it is renowned for its nightly Garden of Lights display. But day or night, there’s another holiday attraction worth visiting here: the Winter Train Display, located in … Continue reading

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October at the Shore

Taking advantage of a week of favorable weather, Sue and I rendezvoused with New York friends Tad and Lea in mid-October to introduce them to some of our favorite cycling spots along the Delmarva Shore. Over five days, we biked … Continue reading

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