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!

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.

 

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…