A perfect day to bike the Mt. Vernon Trail

The autumn sun enticed me out of my couch hibernation

And I will never regret listening to it, although by the time my bike was ready the sky had facetiously changed to this

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But at my favorite lookout point the sky was still all sorts of pretty, the waves lapped at my feet and the airplanes landed with a roar right above my head

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As I journeyed on past my usual haunt, nature rewarded me with multicolored works of art

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to match the spotted, two-color sky

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Soon I reached an island I had always wondered about

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with boats I had always dreamed of

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the clank of the metallic masts against the lulling of the waves, the spotted cries of seagulls against the gusty wind completely erased the ever-present DC highway sounds

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It was good to rest a bit amidst the rolled-up sails and napping boats

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But the path continued ever onwards and adventure beckoned, how could I resist?

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especially since more wave-lulling awaited

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Lo and behold, autumn transformed even the inevitable industrial landscape

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into one of charm

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The sun which had begged my pardon and reacquainted itself also had to shortly start saying goodbye, so I ventured no further.

Alexandria-20131111-00325but it was an even more beautiful place to take rest

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My journey back was less of a discovery, more of a reminiscence.

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For, as is fitting on Veterans’ Day, the path took me past many memorials to soldiers from days gone by – and prompted prayer for those  in service.

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My Polish heart – on Polish National Independence Day  – sang thanksgiving for those of many nations who had helped bring Poland back to Europe’s map nearly 100 years ago

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For those  men who went to France and elsewhere, who never came back though full of life

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who never came back.

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Even the sky rebelled with me for a short minute.

But rebellion didn’t serve those who had served and were gone.

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So in peace and gratitude for freedom, the journey ended.

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One response to “A perfect day to bike the Mt. Vernon Trail

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