With the days getting shorter and the sun racing to set, we embarked on what felt like our first true autumn walk. We started our tour of Banksville at the intersection of Banksville Avenue and Potomac Avenue.
We opened our tour at Joseph’s, a barber shop donning the classic barber’s pole and matching awning, and headed south on Banksville Avenue.
We walked along Banksville Avenue, past a row of houses set up on the hill.
This stone imposter was at least wearing a dainty scarf, but I am sorry to say that this is the best Banksville had to offer in the goose department.
We took a right on Allender Avenue, away from the noise of Banksville Road. At this point, the neighborhood unfolded into post-1950s housing, manicured lawns, driveways, and garages, taking on a decidedly suburban feel, which characterized most of the neighborhood.
A neighborhood’s bulk trash never fails to tell a good story. This one involves a watering can, a suitcase, and a toilet device.
We took a right on Hayson Avenue and came upon this tree.
We turned left on High Oak Drive.
We noticed a pattern developing in Banksville that was not-so-friendly to pedestrians. Many to most of the streets have no sidewalks, and while it was only mildly inconvenient on streets like this one, it was just plain hazardous on some of the busier fairways.
We turned right on one of those, Potomac, then left on Crestview, which becomes Rosegarden Road.
This house at the corner of Crestview and Rosegarden provided one of the more interesting architectural moments of the tour.
Banksville definitely had the holiday spirit, as the ghouls, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns of Halloween followed us up and down the streets of the neighborhood.
We turned right on Winchester Drive and passed the very large Marion Manor, a non-profit, Catholic nursing home operated by Sisters of the Holy Spirit.
We took a trail that skirted Marion Manor, which bridges a break in Winchester Drive.
We crept very slowly down Winchester Drive, by order of this guy.
We made a right on Carnahan and discovered this menagerie of dilapidated buildings and a vacant lot.
We passed an interesting little shed.
We turned left on Kirsopp Avenue, where we pet a dog and passed several others lying in yards without fences or ties. In a moment of meta-patriotism, we passed a flag bearing an American eagle bearing a flag, but couldn’t get a picture of it, because of the way it was whipping around in the wind, but it looked a little something like this.
Neighborhood watch was in full effect when we were snapping this shot of the view of Parkway Center, as the owner of the house came out to suspiciously interrogate us about our intentions. That’s when we decided we need business cards.
We made a right on Crane Avenue and turned into Banksville Park.
The park houses Banksville Community Center, where the Banksville Civic Association holds monthly meetings.
We walked back out to Crane, again without a sidewalk, and with the light going fast! (We live for danger.)
We passed this great driveway along the road.
Crane is a very woody area. When we came upon Crane Village, a large and relatively new apartment complex, we happened upon these three fearless deer at the entrance.
We also came upon this complex, complete with its own mini-mart, but didn’t try to sneak inside.
We passed a business park, then took Crane all the way to Banksville Road and made a right. We passed the FOP, and we found some Banksville nightlife.
Walking along Banksville Road required us to dodge in and out of the fencing and crouch precariously on hilltops while the cars passed us by. This is not only dangerous, but so dangerous that we don’t recommend you imitate this part of the tour. This would be a good time to turn around and retrace your steps. It’s a shame, because Little Saw Mill Run runs along this part of Banksville, and there’s no good way to enjoy its babble.
However, the stench, followed by this sign, might make you think twice about what’s babbling there anyway.
We made it out of Banksville intact and learned a lesson about taking pictures in the dark.
Distance: 5.4 miles
Time: 2 hrs, 15 minutes (at a clip)