2012-06-06 38 -77
Along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park just southeast of Chain Bridge road. Google maps satellite shows it to be barren and easy to get to.
I put an announcement on the graticule page as soon as the point was visible and started making plans. One train and one bus (go public transit!) and I would be at the hash around 4:00.
This expedition, solo unfortunately, was a case of "not here but down there." I took the blue line train to Farragut Park, then just missed the D5 bus. No problem with the next bus, then south to the Park itself. I took one path way which would lead to the road... no, it led to an overpass. After working my way down from that, I ended up on a bridge over the path I needed to be on.
I followed that path to the appropriate spot for yet another "down there" moment - this time into a very green and growing patch of canal park. In I went, hoping this would not lead to the first "Lyme Disease" achievement :P
Much undergrowth was skirted or pushed aside leading me to the spot, a very cool clearing with three big rocks. Said rocks enabled me to prop camera and pose, to spell out XKCD, and in general to wait patiently to see if anyone else was going to show up or post on the graticule page.
At 5:30 I gave up and scrambled out a different way than I came in. After hanging out on the path for a bit longer I gave up completely and made my way across the Chain Road Bridge and back into a fairly rural patch of Virginia. Finally I found a bus back to Crystal City and the hotel.
Addendum: Researching documented expeditions, this is the first successful one inside the actual District of Columbia.