July, 2014 Archives

It’s called an art festival, but it’s really a big party. Artscape is Baltimore’s big summer weekend of arty displays and free performances. It’s worth the trip for me to ride the MARC train, especially since it drops you off at Penn station, smack in the middle of the event. If you can ignore the standard-issue carnival food vendors and tents from corporate sponsors, there’s a lot to discover.

Artscape 2014
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Artscape 2014

The coolest swimming spot on the Potomac River has been destroyed. For years I’ve known about a semi-secret spot off of the C&O Canal, known only as the “rope swing” place. Located at Little Falls Damn, near Snake Island and High Island, a hidden trail led to a spot on the shore where a pair of old trees had collapsed over the river, at an angle perfect for climbing. Every year a brave soul would climb near the top and attach a long rope to let you swing into the water. And every year someone would cut the rope off. The spot was popular with students from Georgetown Day School, but it was clear someone didn’t like the idea of people playing in the river. The deep water was perfect for jumping; I never felt the river bottom when splashing in.

This weekend, on June 28, 2014, I rode my bike to the spot, and was shocked to find the trees had been cut down to stumps. So sad. My last visit was May 11, so the vandalism occurred sometime in the intervening seven weeks. » Continue Reading…