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 Posted: Fri Jan 19th, 2007 02:37 pm
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Joined: Tue Sep 19th, 2006
Location: Oakton, Fairfax County, VA
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I haven't visited very many, but my favorite is Balls Bluff, right bank of the Potomac, now within the city limits of Leesburg, Virginia.  It's owned by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

It was a small battle in a small area.  But it's just so lovely.  There is only an information board and gravel paths.  I went on a weekday afternoon in early autumn 2006.  I was the only one there, it was just me, nature, and history.  I couldn't hear the traffic, but occasionally the distant sound of planes at Dulles Airport.

A tiny national cemetery, well kept, with 56 headstones and 56 little US flags.  Untouched forests, with birds, squirrels, and, I suppose, a few whitetail.  I followed a path down to the river's edge, and sat on a log just absorbing it all.

The green water was glassy smooth, reflecting the trees above me as well as those on Harrison's Island across a narrow channel.  The leaves were drifting quietly.

It was therapeutic and, at the same time, life-changing.


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