Ballston, VA to Violette's Lock, MD on C&O canal: 23 May, 2009 (51 miles)

 Starting from MaryMount University, Ballston, Arlington VA head East on Custis trail until you hit Key Bridge in Rosslyn. Cross the bridge and join the C&O canal trail at George Town. Head north until the 23rd lock on the C&O canal which is named after the last lockkeepers there. Its a beautiful trip along the Potomac river. Count the turtles basking in the sun. Regardless of the season you are bound to find a blue heron. I had a canadian goose hissing at me because I was between her chicks and her. There was a black snake I almost ran over. Luckily I jammed my brakes and stopped just 1 foot from her. She glided by gracefully. You can stop by Great falls to enjoy the falls or in Georgetown to have an icecream.