That Time We Biked 100 Miles

IMG_4696Memorial Day Weekend was fast approaching and we didn’t have any plans. We were looking into camping, but since it was so late in the game all of the nearby campsites were already reserved. Then, we both had the idea to go on a bike trip along the C&O Canal Trail! We spent the week making frequent trips to REI to gather everything we needed including racks, panniers, and of course padded shorts. We started our journey in Hancock, MD, with a goal of 40 miles each day.IMG_4710Lemme tell you, this was the first time I’ve ever ridden more than 6 miles and oo baby was I feeling it. At one point I didn’t think I was going to make it to our campsite. Luckily the C&O Canal Trail has sites around every 4 miles, so you can make it to one when you’re dying. Each site had a water pump and a portapotty too! This picture shows how happy I was to finally be off the bike and at my destination! Our meal of hotdogs, baked beans, and wine was just what the doctor ordered.IMG_4712The next AM my legs were soreeeee and I was scared I wouldn’t make it a full 40 miles and we wouldn’t make it back to our car in time. We ended up riding 30ish miles and visited a nearby town for lunch before returning to another campsite.IMG_4793 Words can’t describe how happy we were to make it back to the car after a 100 mile weekend of biking and camping! I think we were most excited about putting on the clean set of clothes we stashed in the car.IMG_4800Right after this picture we sped to the gas station and had the most delicious king size Reese’s Nutrageous bar. We deserved it. As exhausting as this trip was, it was so much fun! The trail was essentially flat the entire way and we even saw a few snakes. Definitely a good lil last minute weekend trip!

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D.C. Cherry Blossom Kayak Tour

IMG_4325I’ve been MIA for months, but better late than never! Since moving to the D.C. area, I’ve been dyinggg to romp around the cherry blossoms! This past April we beat the crowds and decided to see the cherry blossoms from the water. It was the best day ever! We left from the Key Bridge Boathouse in Gerogetown and within minutes we were paddling alongside the Lincoln Memorial.IMG_4229  Seeing the cherry blossoms from the water is definitely the way to go! As we were paddling we saw tons and tons of cars in standstill traffic and hoards of people just trying to make their way to see them. We were just happily paddling along enjoying the view.

IMG_4233IMG_4247 I took about 24038420 different pictures of the blossoms, but I’ll spare you.
IMG_4255IMG_4293 All in all the tour took about three hours and boy were my arms tired! I thought I was going to have to be towed back to shore haha. but really. Start training now.

 

Great Day for Great Falls

ImageThe first day of Winter gave us a high of a 70 degrees so Greg and I decided to have a picnic and explore the trails at Great Falls Park in McLean, VA. A lot of other people seemed to have had the same idea as us, but the park is so large it didn’t matter. There’s no shortage of picnic tables and grills for your enjoyment, but keep in mind that you do have to pack your trash out. After a trip back to the car to drop our picnic remnants off, we headed out along the trail to see the water. ImageGreat Falls is perfect for the day where you want to get outside and enjoy nature, but don’t want to work too hard. The trails are exactly the opposite of strenuous. Everything is clearly marked and there are tons of overlooks to see the rushing water. Some overly ambitious people were kayaking, rock climbing, and even stand up paddle boarding. We chose to have a photo shoot instead.ImageImage All in all, it was a great day for Great Falls! Now if only this beautiful weather would stay…

DIY Holiday Photo Booth

ImageSoon after I started my new job I was able to jump in on the planning of our annual Holiday Party! They like to stick with the tradition of having it at a suite in the Verizon Center every year, but I immediately wanted to spice it up with a DIY Photo Booth. I don’t want to brag, but it might have been the hit of the party. Teehee. ImageTo make your own Holiday Photo Booth you basically only need wrapping paper, a camera, and festive props (a little wine couldn’t hurt either). Before the party started, I taped my peppermint wrapping paper to the wall in a little corner of our suite. One of my favorite party crafts is making a glitter banner, so of course I made one that said “Happy Holidays” for the back drop. To make the glitter banner all you need to do is write your message on poster board, cut it out, mod podge the letters, and shake some glitter on them. For props we had santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf hats, red and white glasses, a mistletoe ball, and a mini chalk board for people to write their own message. The favorite prop though seemed to be the silver tinsel garland that I got on amazon. All of the props and back drop cost less than $50 total. I’m sure you have some great things in your holiday decorations box that you could use for free!  ImageI set my camera up with an external flash on a tripod and intended for people to use a wireless remote to take their own photos. For some reason they couldn’t figure out how to press the only button for it to work so I monitored the booth the majority of the time. Which was fine by me, I got to see all of the photos happening in real life. Even our executive team couldn’t resist dressing up and posing in my DIY Photo Booth complete with kissy faces and a YOLO chalkboard. It was too much to handle in the best way possible. Immediately after the party we went home and had a huge slideshow of all of the pictures on the tv and laughedddd some more.

When celebrating with your friends and families this holiday season I hope you choose to make your own photo booth so that you can remember the most wonderful time of the year for years to come!

Harpers Ferry

ImageSteve and I went on a little adventure to Harpers Ferry, WV last week. It was kind of eerie how few people were around, but I’m going to blame government shutdown and hope that more peeps are out and about when the parks are functioning. ImageWe were excited to visit because Harpers Ferry serves as the halfway stop for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Steve spent an entire week on the AT this summer in VA (I think his bear count was up to 6 eeeek) and I’ve done day hikes on it in NC, VA, NY, and CT. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a little Visitor Center there where anyone can learn more about the AT and buy souvenirs. It was really inspiring to see photos of some of the hikers they had featured on their walls. One sassy grandma hiked it all while having the AT logo painted on her nails. Inside the Visitor Center there was also a Hikers Lounge for those backpackers that are stopping through. I can only imagine how excited hikers are to grab a soda from the fridge and kick back on the computer or to catch up the world they left behind. They also have albums in the lounge filled with polaroid pictures of every thru hiker that has stopped there beginning in the 1970’s. We flipped through one from the 80’s and it was wild to see the gear (or lack thereof) people were using. Proves you don’t need the most expensive or highest tech stuff to hike 2,180 miles. ImageIt was pushing 90 degrees outside and we weren’t too happy about it. Escu me, where’s the fall weather and trees, plz!?!?ImageWhile you’re walking across this bridge you’re in West Virginia, but can see Maryland and Virginia on either side in front of you!

D.C. Day

ImageSoooo I’m back in Virginia (YAY) visiting Steve (hire me plz) and we decided to have a Washington, D.C. tourist day because I’ve been dying to see ole Abe and the other monuments, memorials, and museums (ohmy). It was overcast and not crowded which made it perfect for walking around and making a fool of yourself modelin’ with the monuments. ImageImageImageThis is one of those pictures that would have been sooooo cuteeeee (I’m from SC, he’s from VA herroooo) if only you didn’t have to rely on strangers who only know how to take picts on their iPads. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageAmerican Psycho?ImageAmerican Gothic?ImageAmerican Cuties.

We beebopped around the Museum of Natural History and the Hirshhorn (btw they’re free but close at 5:30) before taking a siesta in front of the capital. It was absolutely GORGEOUS outside. If someone would have delivered me some food, wine, and a blanket I would have stayed all night.  I am so glad that we went out this weekend and took advantage of everything because now there are barricades everywhere due to a little thing known as government shutdown. Awkward. 

Biergarten Haus Birthday

ImageWe celebrated Steve’s 23rd birthday last month at  Biergarten Haus (you can’t NOT say it in a dramatic German accent) in Washington, D.C., with his childhood bestie, Scott. It was so funs! Once you step inside you’re instantly transported to Germany and better yet, a place where you can pretend that it’s Oktoberfest 24/7. Awesome.ImageOf course they have an amazing selection of German beers and the servers never let you get thirsty. We were loving the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen.ImagePretzel Rolls with beer cheese are the greatest things that can happen to you and your beer at Biergarten Haus. Warm, salty, cheesy goodness. These are the things that food day dreams are made of. ImageIf you’re anything like me lifting your beer will be your arm workout for the year.ImageHow much fun was it?! Welp, this is what the Washington Monument looks like out of the back window of a cab AFTER a trip to Biergarten Haus.

CHEERS!!!!!

Saturday in Georgetown

ImageOne Saturday Steve and I walked from his brother’s house in Clarendon all the way to Georgetown. It took longer than expected to reach our destination, but we came across an explosion of yarn bombs as we were walking through Rosslyn, VA!ImageAt least half a dozen trees were COVERED in yarn. It was so bright and cheery!ImageEven the street lights were yarn bombed! I can’t imagine how many people came together to create all of it. I mean I’ve been knitting the same pair of socks since 2010.ImageWe eventually made it to Georgetown and shopped in all of the humongous and beautiful stores! Aside from the three story Anthro, my favorite store was Paper Source. They had the prettiiieeessstttt paper goods and all sorts of cute ways to keep your life organized. There were TONS of people everywhere and I had to lol at the line wrapped around the building for Georgetown Cupcakes. Seriously people, why wait in line outside in the rain for an hour for a cupcake!?!? Smh. ImageWe rested our Kim K feet (achey and swollen like 7 mo preggers Kim Kardashian in 5 inch heels) down by the water and took some glamor shots.ImageWe had a cheeseburger snack (I’m telling you, we walked A LOT) at Good Stuff Eatery, Chef Spike from Top Chef’s awesome burger/fry/shake joint. It was delicious and just the fuel we needed to make the trek back to Clarendon. Let’s just pretend we didn’t have pasta in vodka sauce immediately when we got home…

An Evening in Alexandria

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The past couple weeks I was in Northern Virginia visiting my boyfriend, Steve, and having the bestttt time. I mean if all I’m doing at home in Lexington, SC, is job searching (hiremeplz), refreshing instagram, eating, and sleeping, I might as well do that in the same place as my most favorite person! Anywho we went to Alexandria, VA, one evening when the weather was per.fect.

ImageBefore dinner, we walked along the water and checked out all of the boats!

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We ate dinner at Chart House and were lucky enough to have a seat outside at one of the little umbrella tables you see above. At nice restaurants I almost ALWAYS order a pork chop, and I’m almost always in tears at how delicious it is. This night was no exception. The pork chop was roughly the size of my face and breaded in some herbed flakes of heaven. It was paired with delicious mashed potatoes and asparagus. I so wish that I had taken a picture of it! I still feel awkward whipping out my T3i in restaurants to snap a picture of my dinner. Aaannddd it looked so amazing I had to immediately dig right in. Somehow I managed to spare one bite for Steve to try before gaining membership in the Clean Plate Club. ImageAfter dinner we walked through the downtown area and found room for some Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz. It is a very historic area so everything is reallyyyy cute aannnddd there are cobblestone streets aka don’t wear heels unless you’re a pro.

Welp, it was a wonderful summer night followed by a wonderful food coma.