Instructions to the Round-About:
Appreciate the beautiful (and rare!) weather for Washington, D.C.– clear sky, cool air, and low humidity. You got lucky with this, Bucko.
On Friday morning, visit the Adams Morgan district in D. C. for empanadas. Eat them on the street and watch a class of nursery-schoolers waddling by. The kids are like ducklings guided by adults. Each duckling holds to a loop on a long leash for security. Watch them at the cross-walk and imagine a pond along the Rock Creek Parkway as the city slows and catches its breath.
Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Try to remember the long name of this excellent church, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Although you may not be religious, amaze yourself at the architecture, marble and mosaics, at the way that mankind stares at the cosmos for a simple answer to its questions, and for absolvement of its sins and quandaries.
Visit the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the Great Falls of the Potomac. Take a long walk with a camera and appear to be a normal tourist. Try to remember the name of this long green park and natural resource.
Amaze yourself at the fact that you’ve been visiting the U.S. Capital for decades and have never before enjoyed a visit to this park. You’re a long way downstream from the Rivertops, pal.
A caveat: forget about fishing the Potomac for smallmouth bass. Not here, not at Great Falls– a Class V+ whitewater for kayakers. More than a few boaters have “crossed the bar” forever here.
On Saturday, stop at Warrenton for Catherine’s parents. With Brent, lead them on to Charlottesville. Meet with Richard P. and with Catherine’s brother Richard. Help lead the pack to the Wild Wolf Brewery outside of Charlottesville (der vild vulff! as Brent would exclaim) and drink a flight or two of craft beers in the gardens of the Blue Ridge. Later that evening, eat a Mexican meal at Baja Bean near Richard’s house.
On Sunday (birthday of your wife Leighanne!), visit Carter Mountain Orchards outside of Charlottesville. Climb the Southwest Mountains in your new car for a view across the piedmont. Look for Monticello but understand that it’s somewhere around the bend. Buy some peaches from the orchard and some ice-cream (soft and peachy), too.
Further instructions to the Round-About:
Don’t expect much from the stream, with two hours of midday fishing. The fly shop will be closed. It’s Monday. Enjoy the Children’s Lake with L. Do your best in learning something more about the Breeches.
Start off with a dry Black Ant. If you get no rises, go with wets or little streamers. You’ll probably feel the “skunk” today, and wish you were on the great LeTort.