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tree house camping! March 12th, 2014

We went tree house camping with friends over the weekend (props to Lindsey for finding this cute little site) in Rohersville, MD. Maybe calling it camping is a little stretch, but there’s still a lot of snow on the ground and I don’t really do cold, so I was pretty content to see this place had bunk beds AND a wood-burning stove. It took some doing to get the fire working properly (David and Kristy would not be proud of us) but once the little cabin was heated and the smoke mostly cleared, it was quite cozy. We gorged ourselves on S’Mores (obv.), went on a little hike up to Weverton Cliffs, and had lunch in Harper’s Ferry. All in all, a great little trip out of DC.

   
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Weverton Cliffs overlook

   

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pretty blue river

   

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Bowser loves to hike

   

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Alex surveying the view

   

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the dogs loved to lay in front of the stove

   

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cabin view

   

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cabin christmas January 2nd, 2014

charlie brown tree?? hehehe

charlie brown tree?? hehehe

   

matt getting some stroller pushing practice ;)

matt getting some stroller pushing practice ;)

   

Nora bug at the overlook

Nora bug at the overlook

   

cave exploring!

cave exploring!

   

hiking Pop

hiking Pop

   

grey mountain morning

grey mountain morning

   

too much xmas fun

too much xmas fun

   

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Lockhouse C&O Canal bike trip June 17th, 2013

“Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!” ~Thoreau

   

*Dang! All these pictures uploaded in reverse order — I am too lazy to fix that — so enjoy our trip from end to start*

   

We did another lockhouse bike trip tour this past weekend, similar to our 2012 trip, but this time we stayed at different lockhouses, and also it was just the two of us. I have been spending the majority of my weekday hours (like 80+) in front of my computer, busy as ever, so getting out of the city by bike on a Friday afternoon, with a weekend of good weather ahead, was the best remedy I could have imagined for the past two days. Thankfully, bike-butt is a slightly different (and much more welcome) kind of pain than office-chair-butt.

   

I picked up a copy of The C&O Canal Companion the first night from the lockhouse bookshelf, and I started reading about the history of the canal construction, the Civil War, battles with the railroad lines, the floods, and the lockhouse life for the familes that lived and worked there. I don’t usually get into historical reads like that, but it was all so fascinating. Apparently in the 50s, many years after the canal went out of use, there were plans to turn it into a parkway for cars. We have Supreme Court Justice William O. Justice to thank for spearheading a movement to keep the canal system preserved as a park. He and 8 other people actually hiked the entire 184 miles of it to bring awareness to the situation. That is seriously awesome.

   

Anyways, the ol’ brain wheels are a-turning now about biking the whole thing all the way to Pittsburgh. I haven’t checked the elevation map for the trail after Cumberland, but I’m pretty sure that will help change my mind…


   

campfire! Matt split the logs. It was amazing.

campfire! Matt split the logs. It was amazing.

   

watching the sun go down over the water

watching the sun go down over the water

   

omg this place. It didn't look like much. in fact, when we first opened the door and I saw the inside, I quickly shut the door again and asked Matt if we should go somewhere else. So glad we didn't. Best random sushi and pu pu platter ever.

omg this place. It didn’t look like much. in fact, when we first opened the door and I saw the inside, I quickly shut the door again and asked Matt if we should go somewhere else. So glad we didn’t. Best random sushi and pu pu platter ever. Like, great enough to pose out front of this place with a thumbs up. Also look how cute our bikes are, flanking the entryway.

   

open spaces

wiiiide open spaces

   

venturing off the canal towpath and into Poolesville for dinner = fields and farms as far as you can see

venturing off the canal towpath and into Poolesville for dinner = fields and farms as far as you can see

   

we played Checkers at the second lockhouse. it had been so long since we played that we had to look up directions. Matt won, I am still sore.

we played Checkers at the second lockhouse. it had been so long since we played that we had to look up the rules of how to play. Matt won, I am still sore about that.

   

we watched a bit of a kayak lesson from the bridge above. note to self: go kayaking soon

we watched a bit of a kayak lesson from the bridge above. note to self: go kayaking soon

   

beautiful

beautiful

   

thank goodness Matt has the longest arms ever to fully capture ourselves in all our sweaty glory.

thank goodness Matt has the longest arms ever to fully capture ourselves in all our sweaty glory.

   

secret: my Camelbak is filled with gin&tonic

secret: my Camelbak is filled with gin&tonic

   

GAHHHH!!!!

GAHHHH!!!!

   

Great Falls

Great Falls

   

ready to roll on Saturday morning

ready to roll on Saturday morning

   

our humble lockhouse abode for the evening

our humble lockhouse abode for the evening

   

Lock #6. The greeness in the water is just an unreal color, I love it. Nature is so vibrant.

Lock #6. The greeness in the water is just an unreal color, I love it. Nature is so vibrant.

   

heading out on the C&O Canal on a beautiful Friday evening in June

heading out on the C&O Canal on a beautiful Friday evening in June

   

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walking January 8th, 2012

Today we went for a walk in the woods with Ty, Val, and Tiki dog. Bowser enjoyed running way ahead of everyone and not listening to us say “COME.” His punishment was a few seconds of sitting up on this tree stump in timeout. It was pretty mild for a January day. We saw lots of holly trees and 3 deers.

   


   

   

   

   

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feels like… January January 6th, 2012



   

We took down all the Christmas decorations, but the boxes are still sitting out everywhere. Our tree is still up, and though it has been de-ornamented… I just feel bad throwing it out on the curb when it’s still so pretty and makes the house smell all pine-y. I guess we’ll leave it up a little longer. It’s hard to put the holidays away, sometimes.

   

Other than those loose ends, I’m feeling energized about the new year. Work is super busy, and we’ve started tearing apart the office to make a new, improved work space for me. The carpet has been pulled out, and we’re working on fixing the wood floors, which were covered in splashed paint. It’s a mess now. But, after the floor is done, we’re talking about designing some built-in shelves along one wall. I will share some pics of it soon.

   

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more Christmas December 28th, 2011




   

On Christmas afternoon, we headed up to Delaware to spend some more time with family. We had breakfast for late lunch/early dinner and opened presents. One of the traditions that I’ve learned from Matt’s family is how to open one gift at a time, going around in a circle and taking turns. Growing up, it was always chaos with everyone going at once and paper flying everywhere, and then afterwards inspecting what gifts had actually been given. There is something nice about both methods, and I love the fact that we get to do it both ways now. Another tradition of theirs is eating grapefruit. Though I tried it one year, I just can’t get down with it, but it is still a comforting reminder of Christmas day for me now, regardless of the fact that I don’t eat it.

   

The day after Christmas, we decided to get out of the house, and went for a walk around the lake at Carousel Park with the doggies. It was windy and chilly, but it felt nice to stroll around and let Bowser and Tiki enjoy some play time.

   

   


photo credit : Val

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bicycle! September 6th, 2011



our bikes

   

weeeee!! my new ride

   

taking photos and biking. not nearly as easy as chewing gum and walking

   

There should be WAY more 3-day weekends in the year. In fact, every single one of them should have that extra day to relax… methinks there would be a lot less insanity in the world if this were the case. We took advantage of it by biking around the US National Arboretum. THIS on a Monday morning is a MUCH better start to the week than checking your inbox. Especially if you’re riding your brand new bike!!! EEEEEeeeee!!! Isn’t it pretty?! Matt spent a pretty good deal of time working with BicycleSPACE to custom build my new ride. We’re still waiting on a few finishing touches like a rack, lights, and kickstand, but it was ready enough for an inaugural ride. !!!!! We spent two+ hours on Sunday sewing the elk-hide grips onto the handle bars. By the way, I am SO adding double cross-stitch to my resume under the “Skills” section after that effort. It looks so super sweet now though. Well worth the time.

   

We decided to start with a short ride, so Matt found a really quick and easy route for us to get to the Arboretum. It’s sad that we don’t go there more frequently for how close it is. We decided that biking is DEFINITELY the way to go for exploring the expansive grounds there. Every other time we’ve gone on foot and apparently missed about 90% of the place. It was a humid, cloudy, overcast day, but we missed any raindrops and had a good first ride.

   

columns from afar

   

cattail and columns. i never noticed how much cattails look like corn-dogs.

   

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weekend August 21st, 2011

There’s something about summer drawing to a close that makes us want to squeeze in a whole lot of weekend fun, before these free days turn into study-all-day days… On Saturday, I got in an early morning 7-miler at Centennial Park with my running ladies Susan and Lauren. It was still really humid, even that early in the AM, probably left over from Friday night’s summer storm that lasted for much of the evening, so thank goodness my run-buddies were there to keep me motivated. It was a pretty good run, slow and steady! and we sat down by the water and treated ourselves to smoothies afterwards. Feels good to accomplish things like that all before 9 in the morning.

   

Afterwards, Matt and I helped Val and Ty move into their new apartment in Columbia — it was a pretty efficient move and we’re now bummed that they are no longer going to be our DC neighbors. Bowser will be missing Tiki play dates as well. At least they are closer to their jobs now though. Hello easier commuting! After all their boxes were inside, we had to skedaddle home to get ready for Matt’s work party at his bosses house. There were crabs, ribs, and lots of water slide action. Matt managed to rip an enormous hole in the back of his swim trunks on the slide, so the water fun was somewhat short-lived. Reference the ridiculousness of their homemade water slide in the photo below, though. That is just the top part where you take off on a ride all the way down to the bottom of their farm. The entire slide has to be longer than a football field. Talk about being the coolest kids on the block!
   



    

After the work party, we went to the Thievery Corporation show at the Kastles Stadium on the SW Waterfront. Awesome show! We sat and watched from the very top of the stands across from the stage. Maybe my 28-year-old self is actually just acting my age now, but the whole time I was thinking how awesome it was to just sit there with a beer and relax and listen to the music away from the crowds and not be one of the people crammed up by the stage with all the other sweaty kids dancing around and screaming.

   



it was actually a great view, not that this blurry camera-phone photo is any indication

   
This morning we woke up bright and early to go for a little walk in the woods. We drove out to the head of the Glover-Archibald trail in Tenleytown with Bowser in tow and headed along the path towards Georgetown (with Bowser leading the way, of course). He is just so damn cute running through the woods and sniffing everything. It’s not often that our city-doggy actually gets off his leash, so it felt good to let him run around the trail, explore all the curiosities of nature, and greet all the runners and other doggies out with their owners. The great thing about this particular trail though, is that you don’t encounter too many other people out there. Just the running water, the trees, and lots of green! The trail itself is fairly flat elevation-wise, but the ground is pretty rocky and bumpy, so you definitely have to pay attention as you’re going along. We broke off the path a few times to play in the stream and also to give Bowser his very first swimming lesson. (First, that is, if you don’t count the time that Matt briefly threw him in the pool at Ivory Road, thinking my mom wasn’t looking. She was actually watching from the deck the whole time and immediately gave him the NO-DOGS-IN-THE-POOL friendly reminder. No way he was getting away with that one…) Anyways, todays swimming lesson consisted of Matt tossing Bowser into the stream water up to his chin, and Bowser standing there in the water whimpering and shaking, not realizing he could just walk out of the water. After a few minutes, we walked downstream and left him to his own devices and he finally scampered out of the water. The great thing about dogs is they immediately forget things and he was again happy as can be.

   



hikers!
   

swim lesson!
   

dog on a log!
   

I found lots of pretty yellow leafs on the ground already. fall’s-a-comin!
   

By the time we got home, we had worked up a pretty good appetite, so walked down to H Street for some much-needed sushi sustenance at Sticky Rice. We made it there just in time to miss the MASSIVE storm that came through. Thunder and lighting and gushing winds. Glad we weren’t still out in the woods at that point. After sushi, we sat in the window at Sova and enjoyed a cup of coffee. Matt read the newspaper while I thumbed through an awesome book about America.
   



   

Mmmm, coffeeeee.

   
How was everyone else’s weekend?
   

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spring(ish) weekends! April 11th, 2011

This past weekend we had a lovely time with visitors from Delaware. Mom and Dad S. came down to celebrate a birthday, toast to Matt’s award from school, and watch us race run the GW Parkway 10 miler. On Friday night, we stayed up until midnight awaiting the news of the impending government shutdown… The “crisis was averted” (delayed anyway), as they say, so that meant our 10-miler race was on, the city would stay open, and more importantly, people would continue to receive paychecks. woohoo for peeps getting paid! On Saturday morning, we grabbed some deli subs to go from our favorite neighborhood Italian hotspot, A. Litteri’s and then went over to the National Arboretum to wander around the gardens and check out the Ikebana exhibit.

   



textures
   


this way or that
   


one of the many beautiful Ikebana displays
   


(I promise I did not pick this blossom, I found it on the ground…)
   


Messing with the photographer in action, always a good time.

   


wind in the willows
   


…and Val played hopscotch on the pavers at the old Capitol columns
   

After that, the guys went their own way to do guys things, while the ladies went and shopped!! We first attempted to go to the garden store in Capital Hill, but that was a big fail because there really wasn’t much of a store, just some cool things scattered around outside and then a tiny little inside area. So the next best destination was Hill’s Kitchen. I picked up a cookie cutter in the shape of DC (awesome) and a gift for an upcoming friends wedding.

   

That evening, we enjoyed a delicious birthday dinner for mom at Founding Farmers, and, even though our table was facing the counter where all the desserts are plated, we managed to pass on those and come home to enjoy Val’s homemade carrot cake. NOM NOM! Good pre-race fodder, right? Hey, carbs are carbs.

   

On Sunday morning, Matt, Val, and I were off to run a point-to-point 10 miles, starting at Mt. Vernon, winding along the GW Parkway, and ending in Alexandria. My awesome coworker and race-buddy Susan met us out there, too. Ty was tasked with making us breakfast upon our return, but in the end he came out to cheer for us instead. Thanks for getting out of bed so early on a Sunday, Ty!!

   



Huddled up under our foil blankets before the start of the race!! It was COLD out there at 7am. (Alternate caption: me working on my babooshka look.)
   

In the end, it was a great race!! This was my third year running it with Susan, and 5th year overall, so it’s become a bit of a spring tradition to look forward to. Val really pushed us to sprint in the end 1/2 mile, so she has definitely locked herself in for next years race as the motivator.

   

Hope you all had just as wonderful a weekend!

   

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tree v. fence March 10th, 2011



   

This scene could definitely inspire me to wax poetic about man vs. nature, the effects of time, the perseverance of the tree… But I’ll just leave it with those broad themes and the photo itself. Oh and this link from Now That’s Nifty, of other, funnier trees growing around objects. Nature FTW!

   

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