Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DC Tourist

Long weekends, this close to summer break are a tease.  The weather this weekend was a touch hot, but sunny and glorious compared to the miserable greyness that has been lingering for weeks.  On Sunday I went for a nice walk (about 4 miles) , I had originially planned to go for a run, but I damaged my toe on my way home late friday night, and opted to give an extra day to heal. Later, I went up to Becky's apartment for a cookout. It was real nice socializing with new people.  Cookouts have become more interesting as we become adults and actually learn to cook, host, be guests.  There was TONs of delicious food and everyone was having a nice time.  I left when people started playing flip cup, because I didn't want to get caught up in it and be hungover for Memorial Day.

I woke up at 7am on Monday, thinking that it was 10am and quickly jumped out of bed. I drove out to Great Falls Park and went for a trail run.  The run was awesome, half of it was of easy/moderate technical difficulty, the second half that I took was just a dirt road. Overall, a great place for a beginning trail runner like myself.  I could go for days out in the woods, the pressure to always be running isn't there, so when my body says to walk, I have no shame hiking up a steep incline. I'm not entirely sure how far I ran, but I think it was about 3 miles. I would have gone for more but : 1.the heat was suppose to reach 95, 2: it was memorial day and I knew eventually the trails would get crowded. 3. I had a few other things I wanted to do as well.

But Great Falls Park is totally worth a visit, I'm hoping to making it there again this week while my receipt is still good.
the river trail

Great Falls, VA


Later, I spent a lot of the afternoon cleaning the apartment for my new roommate (gasp, a guy!) I also began the clearing out process of my own crap to help make the move easier. I've already removed 50 articles of clothing to be donated, and ALOT of paperwork from my current school that I plan on recycling.  I created a bit more of a mess in my room than progress, and promptly gave up.

Mallory and I decided to venture up to Arlington National Cemetery to watch a wreath laying ceremony and the Changing of the guards.  Being up there on Memorial Day was a great reminder of why we actually have the day off from our daily lives.  Arlington National can be overwhelming with just the size of the cemetery with each stone a representing our armed forces, not just your average Joe's.  I think this is the first time in my life, that I've truly taken a minute remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and I am very grateful that we went.  Not only do we owe it to our fallen to remember them, but a thank you to the families behind the soldiers that have also made significant sacrifices.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a beautiful walk/run. When we were in France we visited the American Cemetery on the beaches and I agree it is overwhelming to walk through and look at all the grave stones.