Life Along the Potomac River
I have been in the Washington DC area for five years. Prior to this I lived in Kentucky for a decade, far to far away from the water. I was only here a few days when I stepped outside one morning and I could smell the water, the joys of living within half-a-mile of a major waterway. It reminded me of Florida, where I lived near the water for a couple of decades (I am getting old.)
Potomac is an anglicized version of a native American name Patawomeck. Where the river passes the City, it is over a quarter-mile wide - broadening out as it moves south to about a mile in Alexandria where I live. The river is shallow, with a boat channel in the middle. The river moderates the climate along it’s shores. In a typical winter the river will get a glaze of ice for a few days in the deepest of the cold. Potomac is just one of the strange river names in Virginia, the Occoquan River is only about 10 miles south of here.
I love being near the water, I like the smell of the water, the humidity and the moderating effect on the area along the river. About ⅓ of the time I ride my bike to and from the office, about 11.5 miles each way. Over 6 miles of that is on the Mt. Vernon Trail that runs along the river.