What is a mule doing in downtown DC, you might ask? I was sure surprised … we stumbled across this fellow just off a Potomac canal in Georgetown.
Turns out, this is just part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, an important waterway back in the day. Built between 1825 and 1850, it stretches 185 miles and connects the Potomac with the Ohio River! (I’m from Ohio, so I appreciate this heroic effort to connect Ohio to the outside world.) The entire Canal, from what I understand, now belongs to the Park Service and is a National Historic Park. The mules used to help pull the boats through the locks, but now mostly seem to pose for pictures. The locks on the canal still work, and you can take a boat ride up the canal for just five dollars! Otherwise you can stay on shore and take pictures for free.