DC day 2 - A Dutch item in Rock Creek Park
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Another day in DC, another day with nice weather!
We started in Virginia for a short visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island, with the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial bringing our average visits of Roosevelt Islands to one per week (See here for the previous (last week's) visit).
We had lunch in the old historic Post Office. And then we took the metro to the Cleveland Park station. Not for the Cleveland Park but for a less known gem of DC, Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Park, established in 1890 by President Benjamin Harrison, is an 11.4-km² (2,820-acre) large park in the northern section of DC. The park is about 3.5 times as big as Central Park in New York, and is more a forest than a park.
Unlike Central Park, which is fairly flat, Rock Creek Park has a lot of valleys and hills. A real river-like stream flows through the park. The presence of the streaming water made it an interesting area for millers. At least eight grist mills were built in the area. Just one of them, the Peirce Mill, survived and is now managed by the park service.
While walking in the park I suddenly spotted a very odd thing. A real Dutch Paddenstoel! A paddenstoel (toadstool) is a typical Dutch navigational aid placed along foot and bicycle routes in the Netherlands (as well as parts of Belgium and Germany). This paddenstoel was a gift of the Netherlands - America Foundation and indeed pointed to the highlights in and around the park.
The day was concluded near the Capitol, with some great Mexican food and a view of the Capitol by night.
More pictures below!