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Showing posts with label Quantico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quantico. Show all posts

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Think you know Quantico? The Quantico you don't know....

When most people hear 'Quantico', they will immediately think of the Marine Corps, or the FBI, or even "Q Town," home to 500 or so active duty Marines and civilians. The word 'Quantico' comes from an Indian word meaning, “By the large stream,” which of course, is the Potomac River. I tried to capture the essence of the river in these shots, and with one notable exception, I stayed away from any shots indicating there is even a military base along it's banks.

Much of the shoreline is inaccessible, but some areas are open and provide great exploring.
Looking toward Quantico Municipal Park.
The pier in Quantico Municipal Park.
Although in the middle of a Marine Base, Q Town has a great 'small-town' feel  and once there, it's easy to forget where you are, except there are a lot of barber shops!!!!! 

This Oak is called The Wisdom Tree and  is several hundred years old.
This is the exception to military photos I mentioned.  This sign marked a trail down to a  handicapped-accessible duck blind (next shot) on the shore.  Kudos to Ducks Unlimited and the USMC for little extras like this. 
The blind even has a little ramp for dogs (or maybe they hope the ducks will just walk up in there...).

I always find it interesting to find seashells along riverbanks.  The Potomac feeds into the Chesapeake, then the Atlantic Ocean,  with salinity levels increasing the closer it gets to the sea.  According to the National Academy of Sciences, the salinity in this part of the Potomac is up to .5 ppt,

Young Osprey or "Sea Eagle".  We did see a Bald Eagle and I got some shots, but he was pretty far away. 
Freshly beaver-chewed tree along the banks of the Chopawamsic River, which feeds into the Potomac. 
Chopawamsic looking toward the Potomac.

This really is just the tip of the iceberg of things to see and do in the Quantico area.  There are many more trails I hope to follow to see what I find...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Quantico Run Amuck 2012

Four of us, Mason, Shawn, Jennifer and I, ran the 2012 Run Amuck today at Quantico Marine Base. This was a 3.5 mile run with 18 obstacles including PT stations; mud pits; tire dash; barbed wire crawl, 20-foot pipe slither; A-frame climb, and more! This year there were over 3000 participants!! Oh, and we got to hit Marines so that was worth it right there!!!!!

Since I was running, I had to rely on Anais and Mary Ann to get pictures of the event.  Both did great and I wanted to share a few pics.  

The Marine Corps Marathon runs this event too.
Jen, Shawn and me.
Jen, Shawn, my head and Mason.
This is one of Mary Ann's pics.
Another of Mary Ann's pics.  She took some great shots that Jen put up in her blog.
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Coming down one of the last hills.  There were about 700!!!


Someone just HAD to go dance!
There was.....

Thanks Anais for the pics!!!!!!!!!!!