It’s been terribly hot since July 4th. Washington, DC, has been nearing triple digits and muggy. Everyone seems to be staying indoors. But I did get a chance to go out to Mason Neck Park before the worst of the heat set in. The part has spectacular views of Belmont Bay. That’s at the mouth of the Occoquan River.
On the day I went, swimmers were in training in the bay, doing laps. It’s actually not that deep. Several of the swimmers stood up, and the water came up to their waist.
After I left the swimmers, I took the a path around the park for better views. The paths are passable for me only in the summer time, and then barely. There are roots everywhere, waiting to trip up my flat feet. During autumn, they vanish under all the falling leaves. Last time I was here, I turned my ankle 20 times — and I was trying to get back. This time, I wound up with a bone spur.
Then I got to a nice flat wooden bridge. This whole area is very marshy. You can stand here on the bridge and listen to a bullfrog’s mating call and a strange sound that was like rocks being rubbed together. Curiously, I heard all these sounds but all I saw were dragonflies.
I was fortunate to come at low tide so I could actually walk on this spiffy beach.
The best part were all the river shells. It looked like kids had been building several collections. There were primarily these snail shells — quite large — and clams. I could walk up to the waves slurping in and see some of the snail shells floating in on the tide.