Sunday, September 5, 2010

Calendar: On the River

If all goes as planned, as you read this, we'll be canoeing for several days on the Colorado River in western Colorado. And so, a few highlights from this week's calendar that happen to be along rivers (though ones a little closer to home):

As of my writing this, there are still a few spots open in our Saturday walk to go look for ripe pawpaws (and eat them) along the banks of the Potomac River. Sign up here.

The Surfrider Foundation is sponsoring a water-based cleanup of the Potomac on Saturday, between Thompson Boat Center and Key Bridge. "Bring your surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, or any other non-motorized watercraft," they say.

Potomac Overlook Park has a program every Sunday afternoon with refreshments, games, and hands-on nature exhibits.

And, this week and every week until October 29, you can take a free boat ride on the Anacostia River from Bladensburg Waterfront Park -- Tuesday through Friday at noon, or Saturday and Sunday at 5:00. Everyone thinks the Anacostia is a wasteland, but don't knock it til you've tried it -- we've seen some beautiful things on that stretch of river.

Also see our list of places to rent canoes and kayaks around the DC area -- including at Bladensburg, and spots along the Potomac that might enable you to hook up with the Surfrider cleanup.

As always, there are plenty of land-based adventures as well on our calendar. Have a great week!

Canoes for Rent
Photo credit: M.V. Jantzen