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Urban hiking in Alexandria, Virginia

Hiking in Alexandria on a Sunday afternoon
Hiking in Alexandria on a Sunday afternoon
James George

It is Sunday and while we started the day at the Westover Farmer’s Market, we decided to have our daily hike in Alexandria. The idea is to park high on the hill and then roll ourselves downhill like they used to take tobacco to the ships along the Potomac. The exercise part is walking back up that long hill. The Fish Market is where we will refuel.

Hiking in Alexandria, Virginia
Hiking in Alexandria, Virginia
James George

It is somewhere close to 90 degrees and steamy today. It is a good thing that there are lots of shade trees along the way. In addition, you can always duck in for some shopping in air conditioning.

I walked by the residence of White Horse Harry Lee. There are many examples of buildings in the area by architect James Wren. Christ Church in Alexandria is a splendid example. Gardens are full of interesting plants.

Lunch at The Fish Market was just right. Then we ambled down to the water’s edge before popping into the Torpedo Factory to see some art. In the hallway we ran into potter, Dana Leher Danze. She has work exhibited in two gallery spaces there. Also see her work at this url: http://danalehrerdanze.com/home.html

I wanted to head over to the Scope Gallery to see that exhibit and in the entrance was work by Tracie Griffith Tso. I will be producing a profile of her work later this week. See the Scope Gallery here: http://torpedofactory.org/partners/scope/

Lorraine Colson’s ceramics is eye-popping. Kim Hyo Ju’s work is also exceptional and deserves a follow up profile.

One purpose for today’s visit was to go to the paper store (mission accomplished). Next we headed back up the hill, and fortunately got sidetracked a few times to do some window shopping. It was getting hotter and hotter, trudging upward.

Having snapped lots of images today, there will be opportunity to reflect and to assemble some painting ideas. The results from the Scope Gallery and other art ideas will appear in the Arlington Art column.

“As war loomed Lee’s loyalties leaned increasingly towards the American cause. After his graduation in 1773, Lee made his own quiet war preparations. As time passed and war became inevitable Lee was convinced the time was right to join the war effort. And so he did. Lee enlisted in his cousin’s regiment, the Virginia Dragoons. He was later made a captain and given his own command. Lee himself went around enlisting those who passed his rather rigorous test. When all was said and done, Lee’s troops were young, 24 years of age and under.

When Lee and his men joined General George Washington, the young captain found the troops a pitiful and hungry mess. So Lee set out to help the troops a bit. He and his men surprised the British and took over 20 of their supply wagons. In the coming days, Lee would distinguish himself with his raids and his skilled observations of the enemy (he provided the Continental Army with valuable information).

Lee was a thorn in British General William Howe’s side. To put an end to Lee’s little escapades, Howe sent troops out to capture the Rebel. The British surprised Lee and 50 of his men at Scott’s Farm. Lee kept a level head about himself and settled in for a fight with the redcoats. They steadily advanced and from inside the farmhouse Lee waited patiently. When the redcoats had come very close, Lee ordered his men to fire.

The British took heavy losses and retreated to safety. But they weren’t about to give up. Instead they repeated their advance twice more and each time were driven back. Having had enough, but not ready to come away empty handed, the redcoats made an effort to set the American horses loose. What’s a cavalry without horses? But a bluff on Lee’s part caused them to hastily retreat. After the little incident Lee was offered a promotion and the position of aide-de-camp. Lee thought it over for some time, not wanting to snub Washington’s offer. But he wasn’t cut out to be a ‘pencil pusher’ and graciously declined. Instead Washington saw to it that Lee was promoted to major general.”

http://jgburdette.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/the-disgraced-hero-light-horse-harry-henry-lee/