I had hopes the weather might clear, but there's still a 60% chance of rain in the forecast on Sunday. Let's stay on the sidewalks and enjoy a walk around Old Town.
The route: Starting from the sidewalk in front of Teaism at 628 St Asaph, we'll make a big counter-clockwise circuit of Old Town. We'll cross under the railroad tracks at Braddock Road, head southwest to check out where Fort Ellsworth once stood, enjoy a panoramic view of Old Town from in front of the Masonic Temple, and then work our way to the waterfront along Wilkes Street. At the waterfront, we'll turn north and follow the shoreline to Founders Park, with a short break at the Torpedo Factory. From Founders Park we'll walk west along Oronoco St to St Asaph St, turn right, and return to our starting point.
The walk is an easy 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved throughout, with an uphill stretch onto Shuter's Hill but otherwise easy going.
A Google map is here: http://tinyurl.com/o9vp7rh
How to get there:
• Driving: From Highway 1 (either direction), turn east on Wythe Street (left if you're southbound; right if you're northbound) and drive 3-4 blocks to St. Asaph Street. Turn right, and Teaism is halfway down the block on the right. There is free parallel parking on Sunday all around the adjoining streets.
• Metro: From Braddock Metro Station, walk east 8 blocks (1/2 mile) on Wythe Street to North St. Asaph Street, turn right, and Teaism is 1/2 block south on the right.
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). An umbrella might be handy in case showers appear. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.
Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Torpedo Factory along our way. Before and the walk, there are restrooms and beverages at Teaism, or at Starbuck's around the corner (please see the Google map).