Ducking for Cover in Arlington, Virginia
Gravelly Point Park pumps adrenaline. It juts into the Potomac River several hundred feet north of busy runway 19 at Washington Reagan National Airport. Go there. Wait a few minutes. Your heart will pound at the roar of jet engines and the grind of gears as planes skim your head at take off and landing. The park stirs the childish excitement that comes simply by being near something big, loud, and just beyond your fingertips. You’ll reach your arms up to try and touch these shiny marvels, briefly believing that people actually can connect with them in a new way. Or you’ll instinctively duck your head for cover. There goes your hat. Reality sets in again until the next few minutes pass, and you believe yet again. Arms up.