Tuesday, January 4, 2022

That's a lot of candy canes

 Christmas is over, and somehow the Giant Food at Georgetown Square ended up with a huge overstock of candy canes.  That's a lot of candy canes.  Most of them are peppermint, but there are boxes of cherry ones mixed in (and the cherry ones are very good).

Monday, January 3, 2022

Snow in the New Year

 This is the first good snow we have had in a couple of years.  It has stopped now, but it snowed overnight and throughout the morning. We got 5 or 6 inches in total.

The intersection of Old Georgetown Rd and Democracy Blvd

There aren't many people out on the roads but there are some and they are going slow to keep from slipping.

A stuck metrobus

Here is a metro bus that either broke down or got stuck in the snow on Old Georgetown Road right across from Georgetown Square shopping center.

Walter Johnson High School
The schools were all closed today, and a good thing too. The parking lot hadn't been plowed and it had been a while since someone had run a shovel over the sidewalk.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Westbard area of Bethesda

 There is a lot of redevelopment scheduled in the Westbard area of Bethesda, around River Road, it has even started in the strip mall that contains the Giant Foods.  Here is a point-in-time look at the area.  It will be interesting to revisit this in a few years and see what has changed.

This boarded up building on the corner of Ridgefield Road and River Road was once Springhouse Manor Care


This former Citgo gas station on Westbard Avenue awaits redevelopment.

The front of West Wood Center II.


Another view of Westwood Center II on the corner of Westbard Ave and Ridgefield Rd.

Looking South on River Road, Sunoco on the left, Talberts and MacDonalds on the right.

The Liberty Gas Station on River Road in Bethesda, MD. Behind it is the Marathon Gas station.

The strip mall with Whole Foods in it.  A new facade is going up here.

Right on River Road across from Whole Foods is the American Plant garden center and nursery. They used to be called American Plant Food Co., Inc.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fallen tree on Little Falls Trail

Another observation from my walk on Little Falls Trail yesterday. A long-dead tree fell and currently blocks Little Falls trail.  In the background you can see a car that is driving on Massachusetts Avenue.

You can see this is not the first time a tree has fallen down this hill and blocked the trail.  I wonder what is causing this.


Sewage Overflow in Little Falls park


I was walking on the Little Falls Trail near the Dalecarlia Reservior and saw that starting on Wednesday the 17th and not fully remediated yet, there was a sewage overflow at the southern end of Little Falls Stream Valley park.  There are numerous signs posted along the trail there.

There are two big pumps for pumping sewage into one of the sewer manholes.  The pumps mostly, but don't completely, blog the Little Falls Trail right near the Capital Crescent Trail.

A temporary sewage line is propped up across Little Falls Creek.

A black temporary sewage pipe going up the hill along the Little Falls Trail.  The fence on the left is the boundary for the Dalecarlia Reservoir Grounds.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Auburn Professional building demolition site

 The demolition of the Auburn Professional building at 4915 Auburn Ave in Bethesda, MD (and the adjacent Huntington Learning Center/Maryland Radio building) is technically not complete, but it is close. Most of the debris hav been cleared, there is just a couple piles of metal and a layer of brick and concrete block are left on the ground.

Here's another view of the demolition site on Auburn Avenue, you can also see the building next to it has a new mural that looks to still be in progress.

The ground level view shows the piles of metal at the site of the former Auburn Professional building.

Friday, October 29, 2021

A burning tree along Fernwood road

 This morning a tree fell on a power line and caught fire on Fernwood Road by Interstate 495 in Bethesda, Montgomery County fire and Pepco responded, blocking off Fernwood Rd for a considerable period of time.

A Pepco employee watches the buring tree.  the tree was leaning against a power line.  While I was watching, there the fire flared up several times.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Fully Electric Ride-On buses are coming


I saw them testing out a new fully electric ride on bus this past weekend, they look a lot better than the current diesel buses (which I am not fond of).  This one wasn't in service, it was just driving on Sangamore Road.

Given that I saw the bus twice, once going in each direction, I think it was following the Ride On route 23, to see what real-world range is.