Rush here, rush there. Most of us have no time for mistakes. My GPS said, “keep left, keep left.” And I believed it – and whizzed past the exit for Route 1 that would take me to Old Town Alexandria, VA near DC. Then I saw a sign – “National Harbor” – and wondered, does the U.S. have a national harbor? Worth a look. Turned out
There’s nothing national about National Harbor. It’s a “new city” (I was told it was a city.), part of a relatively new movement to create “town centers” – new living , shopping, cultural centers. Easton Town Center near Columbus, Ohio and Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado are examples.
National Harbor proved to be a quiet oasis with a nice harbor view. Most interesting was the sculpture in the playground – a buried giant clawing out of the sand. The sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, Jr., whose bronze life-sized people sculptures appear in cities around the world, created it for the International Sculpture Conference in 1980. The developers of National Harbor purchased it for $750,000 in 2007 and installed it on the edge the Potomac. Kind of cool.
Usually, we are all so busy we don’t have time or patience for mistakes or diversions. Sometimes, if only for a minute or two, it’s refreshing to happen upon something new, something that jogs our curiosity. And reminds us there is a big fun world out there! If only we take time to notice.
Story and photos by Bojinka Bishop.
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