Amanda Varner and her husband lay out a picnic lunch along the Panhandle Trail in West Virginia.
Not a bad scene for a picnic, right along
the Great Allegheny Passage.
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In July, we asked you to tell us about your favorite rail-trail picnics!
Dave Beach — Littleton, Colo.
When my wife and I lived in Vienna, Va., we used to ride the W&OD trail out toward Leesburg. We'd pannier out a baguette, some cheeses and a bottle of wine. Stopping at the pond next to the Virginia Gentleman distillery, I'd tie a string around the neck of the wine bottle, sink it in the pond, and on we'd go. When returning, we'd stop at the pond for lunch, retrieving the slightly chilled wine. Don't forget the corkscrew!
Amanda Varner — Colliers, W.Va.
We are fortunate enough to have a rail-trail in our backyard, the Panhandle Trail. One anniversary, we weren't able to travel anywhere, but we fixed an excellent picnic lunch, jumped on our bikes and rode a few miles to some rapids. We sat overlooking the water rushing over the rocks and enjoyed our picnic lunch. It was special because it was the middle of the day during the week, and it seemed like we were the only people in the world. It was also special because this trail is built on the same tracks I used to fall asleep listening to the trains when I would stay at my grandma's when I was little. It was very cool to be an adult and blend my memories with my present.
Another time, we rode to a secluded reservoir in the opposite direction from the above spot and had a picnic lunch overlooking the water. We christened the spot "Dragonfly Pond" because there were so many dragonflies that day! Those afternoons are some of our greatest memories.
Charles H. Montange — Seattle, Wash.
Back in the days when RTC was in the process of getting started, we were also working to establish what is now the Capital Crescent Trail from Georgetown to Bethesda, Md. I took my two oldest daughters, then in pre-school, down to the C&O Canal and we hiked up to the Arizona Avenue Bridge for a picnic one weekend when their mother was on call at Children's Hospital. We were having a good time until a National Park Service police officer ordered us off the bridge. Actually we still had a good time, but the next location was not as memorable. I hear that part of the Capital Crescent Trail is open to the public now.
David Tate — Verona, Va.
Biking along the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail in Nelson County, Va., we ate in a gazebo at one of the stops along the trail. The weather was wonderful, and we had a pleasant ride along the river. Very enjoyable time.
Ken Ward — Somerville, Mass.
My wife and I love to ride the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island. The trail starts in East Providence, and 14 miles later you end up in Bristol. Our favorite place to eat is the Beehive Cafe right across the street from a park along the ocean. They have an awesome menu and the food is delicious.