Say good-bye to Eastern Standard Time with this semi-rural hike in the heart of town. Starting from the Dupont Circle Metro, we'll head down Rock Creek to pick up the historic C&O Canal near Milepost Zero. We'll then stroll along the towpath past several locks, surrounded by old warehouses and industrial sites long since converted into luxury homes, offices and retail. After Key Bridge we'll continue through a forested landscape to Fletcher's Boathouse, where we'll lunch next to the Potomac. Our return leg will take us along Reservoir Road and R Street. Total length of this easy-to-moderate circuit hike will be about 8 miles, with a few hills to negotiate after lunch. Bring beverages, lunch and the $2 trip fee. Meet at 10 a.m. by the elevator for the Dupont Circle Metro Station facing CT Avenue below Q Street NW.