Spent the past weekend in Washington D.C. visiting friends. This was my first time here so of course we needed to do the touristy things. Day 1 we kayaked the Potomac River - this was a highlight (even though I am pretty sure I have a broken thumb - the Giant Slide at the MN State Fair wasn't so good to me this year). Spending time on the river it felt like we were apart of the Movie National Treasure - mostly because you could literally feel the history of this place all around us. From the river you have views of the Washington Monument, which was cool and we also got to get pretty close to a lot of giant yachts. There was a lot of helicopter traffic overhead (presidential security?). I highly recommend this activity for your next trip to D.C.!
We then went to see all the monuments which was amazing (didn't see them all so I will have to go back). Saw the Capitol and the White House in the distance, walked around the Washington Monument, to the WWII Memorial, down the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial, to the Korean War Memorial. It's hard to describe the feeling you get while visiting these places so central to the core of the beginnings of our country.
As much fun as the sight seeing was spending time with great friends was the highlight. I can't wait to visit again!
Hiking Club Trail #31
Date: August 18, 2019
Location: Carlos, MN
Length: 2.9 Miles
Cumulative Hiking Club Miles: 87.3 of 197
Weather was beautiful, no bugs and the trails were pristine. Well packed with gravel - hardly any mud even though it rained yesterday. The trail was easy with a couple of small hills. We spent most of the time in the forest (aspens & red oak). Being August there weren't too many flowers but there was a good amount of interesting mushrooms. We did see some deer and the trail was lined with green reeds, which gives the forest a different look.
It was great to get back out on the Minnesota trails - we haven't been out since May.
Winston and Penny loved it and came home exhausted like usual...
This is my quest to find my place beneath the stars - outside the confines of my office and without the pressures of everyday life.