My daughter stands on one of the dirt-covered fortifications, all that remain of Fort DeRussy, a Civil War-era outpost that once guarded Washington from the threat of Confederate attack.
Above, the trees were still ablaze with the colors of fall (well, some anyway), while the ground was carpeted with fallen leaves, often obscuring the trails.
Some of the footpaths were surprisingly undulating, but the girls held up well. The above pic was the only shot I could get of my camera-shy spouse.
Other than getting to see the deer, the other highlight of our walk today was the beauty of Rock Creek itself. Rock Creek Park is a gem, and the perfect place for a family hike on a clear, comfortably cold (40°F/4.5°C) Sunday. Altogether, the three of us covered six miles (9.7 kilometers) this afternoon, with an elevation gain of 840 feet (256 meters).