Tag Archives: hiking trail
Government Island Sandstone Quarry

What Do the White House and U.S. Capitol Have in Common?

Answer: Both the White House and U.S. Capitol buildings were constructed from Aquia sandstone from Government Island in Stafford, Virginia. Aquia sandstone, or “freestone” as it was called in the colonial period, is found along the Potomac River and was used in the construction of several early public buildings including the White House and the […]

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reading the map

Appreciating Hiking Trail Maps

One of the things that you need when you are planning a trekking adventure in a place that you are not too familiar with is a map. If you do not know how to read one, you should reconsider pushing thru with this plan of yours because you are putting yourself in a bit of […]

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