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The above picture was my camp for my first night on the C&O Canal Trail in Maryland. My day of cycling was rewarded with a beautiful sunset, followed by a full canvas of stars. That night really was just a simple night of traquility (except for the trains) next to the Potomac. I was really able to enjoy myself; just me in the wilderness, without any external distractions. I absolutely loved it!
This was one of the many bridges crossing the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania. I did really enjoy the multitude of these large bridges on the GAP trail. I distinctly recall this morning. I had started at about 4:00 in hopes that the trail would freeze over which would be more conducive for riding as I had experienced poor trail conditions the day before, only allowing me to travel 20 miles. I was a little bit loopy from being up so early. Not encapsulated in this picture, but another vivid memory was that early morning riding. The trail had somewhat frozen over, it was pitch black out, and I was cranking my Dad's techno playlist. Furthermore there was a light snow falling so I got that interesting 3-D effect with that as well. It was so eerie but SO cool just cruising through the darkness, save for my bike light.
Above is a photo of a section of the Berlin wall that is on permanent exhibition at the Newseum. It was so fascinating to see the juxstapostition of freedom and repression represented with a wall. The grafitti on the West Germany side is indicative of the pushback and desire for the wall to be removed as well as a representation of freedom of expression. On the other side, it is simply blank concrete.
I was super psyched to be able to go to the U.S. Botanic Garden during my time in D.C. the sheer magnitude of the space made our Cleveland botanical garden pale in comparison. I know that my Grandma Ruth would have really loved it there.
This is a picture of one of the courses of my fine dining excursions in D.C. I was pretty lucky with all of my food stpoffs on this trip, and this was of course no exception. Look for the review of Kinship shortly!