I spent Sunday with one of my brothers and his wife. They came over and we walked along the canal and found a spot for a picnic by the Potomac River out on the boat launch/concrete patio that is west of Chain Bridge. I don't know why the patio thing was built but it is a nice place for a picnic. There is no shade, so bring your sunblock. The river is pretty wild at that point and it drowns out the nearby highways completely and most of the aircraft noise from the National Airport flight path.
We had a lovely picnic with carrots, pretzels, manchego cheese, awesome multigrain bread and four types of spread. We had a boursin cheese spread, vermont white cheddar cream cheese, kinda chunky hummus and some kind of vegetabel infused cream spread. It all went together really well. We had a small apple pie as dessert.
My brother and I tried not to dwell on the news we received on Friday. We watched the turkey vultures wheeling over an area about 50 yards away and wondered briefly what had died. Then we walked back to Fletcher's Cove and met some other people. It was nice.