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Washington, DC. January 2016.
Posted on June 5, 2015
On a lazy Saturday this spring, a friend and I biked out to the National Arboretum to take in the peak bloom of the park’s amazing azalea collection. We’d never been to visit the azaleas and were expecting a good-sized garden filled with colorful blossoms. Instead we found several acres of shady hillsides, bursting with color in every direction. Unlike the almost suffocating crowds that choke the tidal basin during cherry blossom season, the park was relatively calm and quiet but just as lovely. We spent over an hour wandering through the blossom-lined trails and marveling that we could have lived in DC for so long without visiting this beautiful place.
Posted on June 4, 2015
On a sunny Saturday in early May, we finally had a chance to attend Passport DC, a month long event in which embassies from around the world open their doors to the public. In just a few hours we were able to visit the embassies of Costa Rica, the Philippines, Oman, Botswana, and Peru, as well as the Islamic Cultural Center of DC. It was such a pleasant afternoon spent hugging alpacas, tasting baklava and tamales, sipping pisco sours, and being treated to a few amazing dance performances.
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A glorious night of food in the Petworth neighborhood of DC. This porker roasted in a wooden box for the better part of a day, and by the end of the night, our friends reported that the hungry masses had only left about 3lbs of meat to go into the freezer. Can all our friends just do this every weekend? Pretty please?
Posted on December 30, 2014
My family came in for a few days right after Christmas and it’s been absolutely wonderful. We’ve invited over lots of friends who were in town for the holidays and went to Zoo Lights, and made tacos and played Loteria into the wee hours. There’s been a lot of sparkling wine, a lot of hugs, hours spent wandering around Capitol Hill, and even a magical few hours watching the Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. I wish they could stay forever.
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This past weekend marked my first full year of membership to Capital Bikeshare, DC’s bicycle sharing program, and I thought it would be fun to reflect a little on a year spent riding around on those distinctive red bikes.
In the spring of 2013, I was starting to feel more comfortable biking around town and decided to try commuting into work via bicycle. I have a gorgeous little Dutch-style bike from Public Bikes, and I loved the idea of building more exercise into my routine while cutting out some of the stresses of taking the metro or the bus (we don’t have a car). There aren’t great north/south bike lanes on my side of town, but I quickly figured out that I could travel on the bike path through Rock Creek Park, DC’s greenbelt, and avoid riding through traffic almost entirely. Summer and fall of last year as a bike commuter were so amazing! I was spending so much less money on transportation, riding through the park was gorgeous, and the one down-side of the ride, a steep hill alongside traffic just before I got home, was nerve-wracking but had left me with killer legs.
Then, in late fall, Daylight Savings Time ended and I realized that I couldn’t safely bike home in the dark through poorly lit Rock Creek Park. Riding through the city felt too dangerous, especially in the after-work rush with scant bike lanes and poor visibility. I was pretty devastated at the thought of being stuck on public transportation all winter, and I kept wishing I could just ride in to work in the the mornings and magically transport my bike back to my apartment in the evening. And then it hit me: Capital Bikeshare! In the mornings, when there was daylight, I could pick up a bike at the kiosk on my block, drop it off right outside my office, and then take the bus or metro home in the evenings when it was dark.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I signed up. A one-year membership to Bikeshare is $75. A few days later you get a handy little key-fob in the mail, and you have unlimited 30-minute rides for a whole year. So, if you’re wondering what I’ve thought of using Bikeshare, I’d have to say, it’s been great and I just signed up for year two! Here are a few thoughts:
I was also mulling over the finances of using Bikeshare as opposed to bus and metro commuting, and thought the cost breakdown was pretty interesting, too.
So overall I have to say that I’ve loved using Bikeshare and I’m excited to see how many rides I can get in over the next year. It almost feels like a challenge to beat this year’s total!
Have you ever rented a bike or used a bikesharing program? We’ve had a few experiences with both over the last year:
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After several weekends spent on the road, a quiet weekend at home starts to sound heavenly. This weekend, I’m happy for the normalcy of sleeping in my own bed, going to the farmer’s market, and catching up on episodes of Parks and Rec. There’s a charity craw-fish boil on our radar, which sounds fun and delicious, but mostly I’m looking forward to a little downtime hanging out in my city.
Hope you have a great weekend!