Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hike 4: Treat Yo Self

Sometimes the best hike is the one that doesn't happen.

Sometimes the best hike is the one that doesn’t happen.

The day rang with promise of being perfect. It wasn’t too hot, there was assurance of a beautiful sunset by the local weatherman on the morning news, and an opportunity to leave work on time for an evening hike around the famous DC monuments lifted me through my early morning routine.

Then, I left the house for work.

You know those days where nothing seems to go right? The metro is single-tracking, your big project goes sour, you forget to follow up with the boss about that thing you know you wrote down somewhere at that meeting you can only sort-of remember because you were up all night the previous evening with a fussy baby, and then coffee spills on the only dress that seems to fit right now … Yeah, that happened.  Continue reading

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Hike 3: U.S. National Arboretum

Sometimes the baby is just too cute.

Sometimes the baby is just too cute.

Tucked away in DC’s northeast quadrant, the U.S. National Arboretum is nestled along side busy NY Avenue but you wouldn’t know it from inside the park.

The unassuming entrance through a neighborhood off of Bladensburg Road leaves you wondering if you came to the right place. There’s an abundance of parking, not nearly enough flowers to greet you and typically only a handful of fellow hikers.

Then you see what Christine and I saw as you walk past the parked cars: a beautiful open pasture filled with flowing grass and families playing throughout acres of open meadows.

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