Thanksgiving weekend we had a beautiful afternoon and Jess and I went exploring in the James River Park system. We started at the south end of the Potterfield Bridge, went east along the flood wall, then to the slave trail before backtracking to the Manchester Bridge and through part of the city back to Brown’s Island and the Potterfield Bridge back to the car. It was a long hike, but it was cool to see parts of the river we’ve not seen before. We were really surprised by all of the development east of The Boat House along the Capital Trail. We’ll have to do this again when the river level is lower and we can do the pipeline walk.

Tracks as seen from the floodwall


This year after Thanksgiving my family went for an #OptOutside hike in the James River Park System in Richmond on Black Friday.  The weather was beautiful for a hike and we spent about 2 hours going around Belle Isle and the Potterfield bridge.

Hiking Richmond


Last night in Richmond was the grand illumination and the opening of the new Tyler Potterfield Bridge connecting Brown’s Island to the Manchester Flood Wall on the other side of the river.  I got out there first thing in the morning to check it out and ended up doing a loop over and around Bell Isle.  It’s a nice bridge and it has many more incredible views of the city and the river.

I had seen pictures of Richmond from this vantage point for years and never knew how to get there.  So today, despite the 33-degree weather and winds, I made my way to the Manchester Flood Wall and checked out the awesome vantage point of the city.  Had it not been so cold, I probably would have explored a little more.  I will definitely be back in warmer weather.

6/22 going downwind.

It was a light air day in Toronto for the first day at the Laser Canadian Championship.  We sailed 4 races with the last one finishing just as the wind died.  There’s a lot of good sailors here so the racing is very close and nobody will give an inch all the way around the course.  I had some ups and downs and am sitting some where in the middle of the fleet.

6/22 rounding the first windward mark.

6/22 Toronto skyline