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Exercising or Exorcising?

Yesterday, I decided to take a walk.  In fact, most evenings I do.  Now that the weather is warmer and I’m an explorer,  it’s my favorite thing to do outside.

My walk found me going all the way from Clarendon to Georgetown University and back (see map detail below).  I had no intention of walking 3 1/2 miles in one direction but the further I got, the more I decided to wander.  Where I wandered to, made it one of the best walks I’ve had yet.

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Exercising or Exorcising?

We all know the affiliation between the movie ” The Exorcist” and the infamous stairs quite well.  In fact, I’ve never gotten through the movie once and although I’ve lived here my whole life, have never climbed the stairs – mainly out of fear (I know, it’s silly).  Some say these stairs are freaky and others say it’s just a pain to get to the top.

For those who have never even seen them, it’s a steep set of stairs that can be accessed from Fox Hall Rd., from a parking lot, behind a dumpster.  It’s definitely dark and definitely smelly, only adding to the “ambience”.  If you’re not athletic, I can only liken climbing them to feeling like the demons have taken the breath out of you (I said a few Hail Marys, trying to get to the top without stopping to take a nap).  I can see why former Georgetown student, William Peter Blatty, added this to his screenplay – there’s no way someone could successfully walk away from a fall (or a toss) down these steps without some sort of injury.

Anyway, once to the top, the view of Georgetown University and the surrounding area was magnificent.  I’m embarrassed to say it’s a part of Georgetown I’ve never been to and one I’m glad we trekked to.  Check out some of the photos from my walk below.

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Going over the Key Bridge - view of the waterfront
Going over the Key Bridge – view of the waterfront

 

Sunset over Georgetown
Sunset over Georgetown

 

The Exorcist steps at dusk
The Exorcist steps at dusk

 

A view from the top - once was enough
A view from the top – once was enough

 

A peek at the Key Bridge
A peek at the Key Bridge

 

Georgetown University
Georgetown University
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