Well, I’m officially an East Coaster again, and, naturally, the first three weeks have been exhausting. I’m readjusting to working full time (yay, journalism!), rediscovering old haunts and reconnecting with favorite running routes/scoping out new ones.
First on my agenda upon returning to town was checking off a spot from my Take a Hike Washington D.C. book. Our first choice of Calvert Cliffs State Park in southern Maryland did not disappoint. Just an hour from Capitol Hill, the park includes about 13 miles of dirt trails, plus a gorgeous beachfront destination with cliffs rising over the Chesapeake Bay. The run was muggy and buggy but awesome nonetheless. Bonus points for the relatively traffic-free drive, a huge advantage over more popular D.C.-area getaways like the Eastern Shore and Blue Ridge mountains.
Back in the District, I’ve been hitting the streets. Among them: