Mile 0 - This is it, where you journey will either begin or end.
This is ground zero, the tidewater lock, the lock that joins Rock Creek and the
Potomac River. The towpath ends just past Lock 1 where it joins Rock Creek.
Rock Creek winds a short distance through downtown DC before emptying into the Potomac
just left of this lock.
This is the mouth of Rock Creek with what looks like the remains of a swing gate.
That large and prominent building in the background is the Watergate Hotel.
Yes the Watergate which played so prominently during President Nixon's second
term. It was named after the canal! It's right by the Gate to the
Thompson's Boat Center, just upriver from the lock is huge and I expect that it contains the
nation's strategic reserve of sculling boats. There's acres of them stored
over the boat center grounds. Here's a team just starting their trials.
That's the Kennedy Center in the background.
Out on the Potomac, their manly biceps are straining.