This past weekend Nancy was in North Carolina for a baby shower, so I had Saturday to myself. It is not often that I get a day by myself so I took the opportunity to walk around Arlington and DC. The weather started off below freezing but the high was going to be near fifty and for the middle of winter around here, that is not bad. I saw Nancy off around 8 and by 9 I was out the door and headed north.
My first stop was to Arlington National Cemetery, weird I know. A good friend of mine died a few years back and I have always wanted to go back to his grave and smoke a cigar. I sat there for 45 minutes or so, smoking my cigar and just enjoying the early morning. I left one on his grave for him, I hoped he liked it.
From there I was in a walking mood and took the Mount Vernon Trail north to Roosevelt Island. The trail was filled with runners and bikers also out enjoying the weather. The island is a little slice of nature just outside the city. It is an 88 acre island in the Potomac between DC and Virginia that years ago was last purchased by the Theodore Roosevelt Association and given to the American people. On the island is a memorial to the 26th president with several hiking trails that cross the island. I took the longest trail around the island and was pretty impressed with the amount of wildlife I saw for such a small island. I managed to photograph cardinals, robins, a woodpecker and strangely, saw a couple of deer roaming around. I ended at the memorial which is rather large. In the center is a giant statue of Roosevelt depicting him giving a speech with several sayings of his on either side about manhood, democracy, etc…
By now I had worked up an appetite so I walked back across to Virginia and had lunch in Rossyln. I wanted to head to the Mall and enjoy a cigar but decided to cheat and take Metro. For a beautiful day, the Mall was packed with people taking full advantage of the nice weather. Most of the lawn was occupied with Frisbee football games, regular football and even a couple of rugby games at the far end. On each side runs and bikers zipped by the tourists and pedestrians who where out in droves. I just sat on one of the benches and did some people watching while enjoying my second cigar.
To end my day, I headed to the National Gallery of Art that just reopened their French masters section for a little reading. I was disappointed I had to check my bag at the door but I grabbed my book and found a nice comfy couch to relax in and catch up on some reading. I was trying to close to place down but I needed to get to my dad’s house for dinner. For an entire week me and Nancy were not eating meat, out of choice, but tonight I was going to break that fast and enjoy a nice steak. To wash all this down we headed over to Rustico after dinner to sample some beers. We lucked out and got a booth in the back as some people where leaving as we were arriving. We took the opportunity to sample some different Belgium and Germany beers from their extensive list.
After a long exciting day I was happy to get home around 11:30 that night. According to my GPS logger I walked about 6 miles in total and I was feeling it. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, then up early to see Nancy off and all the walking wiped me out. On my adventures that day I did get a few ideas of things to do with Nancy. I can’t wait for spring and the cherry blossoms, if they bloom, I would like to have a picnic on the Mall again. This winter has been crazy and is causing the plants to get confused. There were the tulips starting to bloom on the Mount Vernon trail and some cherry blossoms at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden starting to bloom as well.
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