Explorations: Roosevelt Island

Have you ever looked at a map and found things that looked cool and wanted to go there?

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Well, I have, and I’m going to explore these places, time permitting (read: DC only).

Our first installation will be Theodore Roosevelt Island. I had always kind of wondered what was on this magical land-locked island and Saturday was warm enough to explore / run.

Teddy Roosevelt, besides saving the day in Newsies, was also an early conservationist. So his society bought the land from George Mason, whose mansion had been spoiled by stagnant water, and renamed it, washing the original Native American name out of history [wikipedia doesn’t lie].

img_0237.jpgFortunately for us, we have boardwalks to run over (most of) the swampy guck. This part reminded me of Plum Island, MA.

Being that it was a boardwalk over water.

 

The only way this island could be cooler is if there were a tram to it, like New York City’s [Franklin D.] Roosevelt Island:

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Next in this sure to be long-lived series: a squiggly road I found. If you have any suggestions of things that look fun (at least on a map), let me know in the comments and we’ll explore.

Oh, and you need directions to Roosevelt Island? But wait, you want them to be as tacky as possible? Don’t say I never did anything for you:

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One thought on “Explorations: Roosevelt Island

  1. Roosevelt Island is great. If you haven’t checked it out yet, look into Rock Creek Park’s nature center and environs. Good hiking. The nature center isn’t fantastic, but that part of the park is.

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