One of my favorite things about the Northern Virginia home I live in is its location along the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail, which connects one end of Fairfax County to the other with a series of connecting paths that cover over 40 miles of woodland.
I spend a lot of time on the trail but mainly within a few miles of home while I’m walking my dog.
Wednesday was a game changer when I laced on a pair of old hiking boots and set out with my husband and a friend to walk from our home up to the spectacular Great Falls on the Potomac River, which is 15 miles from where we started our trek.
Although we joked about it not being about the journey at all, and all about getting there to say we had done it, the truth of the matter is that the journey was magnificent. Around every curve was a new landscape and a new challenge and each mile held new discoveries.
Although a lot of people abhor graffiti, I was particularly delighted to find this on an underpass along the way. Art doesn’t need to framed and hung in a gallery to be legitimate. I’m a believer of the raw power of an artist with a can of spray paint working in the dark of night, so this stretch of hyper color after miles of continuous green and mud and water, was a welcome break for my eyes, in spite of and probably because of it’s incongruity.
Since it was National Selfie Day, this next shot was obligatory.
I’ve been wearing a Fitbit for a lot of years and several times have topped 30,000 steps in a day but this was the first time I’ve topped 40,000. Perhaps next time we’ll add a few more miles and a few more curves in the trail and see if a 5 pops up in front of those zeros!