Autumn Adventures around NoVa

Fall trees, northern Virginia NOVA

Not all of our adventures happen out of the country!  Since returning to work this fall, we’ve limited our weekend happenings to more nearby locations. In August and September, Chris went to Burning Man in Nevada, and to Nerd Fitness Camp in Georgia.  I, sadly, had to work so I stayed home.

But in September we had some adventures around town.  We took our bikes along the Mt Vernon Trail, a total of 33 miles, which wound down through Arlington, along the Potomac River, through Alexandria, and ended at Mt Vernon.  Later in the month, our friends Hunter and Jennifer visited. On two days we sent them off to DC on their own, and on one day we all drove out to Skyline Drive in the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains and to Harper’s Ferry.  The leaves were just starting to turn and it was a lovely day.  We also visited Arlington National Cemetery, including Lee’s home, which I hadn’t visited since I was a senior in high school on a school field trip (it hasn’t changed much).

October included some apple picking out in the country with friends, and then a visit to the Delmarva Peninsula for a 40 mile bike ride for Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore.  The ride was flat but very, very windy.  The amazing seafood that weekend made up for the long ride.

Chris and I both flew to Texas to hang out with friends and family just prior to my birthday and Halloween.  We attended a fun costume party, saw my sister and the kids, and of course no visit to Arlington TX is complete without a lunch at Gilligan’s.

And in November we headed to Richmond to explore some Civil War history and to see Garth Brooks in concert.  We went to the Edgar Allen Poe museum, took in some sights and history along the Canal Walk next to the James River, and wound up at the historic Tredegar Ironworks (the largest ironworks in the south at the time of the Civil War). We visited Hollywood Museum (sites of the graves of President Tyler, President Monroe, Confederate President Davis, and the Anderson family, who owned Tredegar). We also went to the American Civil War Museum and the Confederate White House. All very informative and a comprehensive look at the Civil War, both the North and the South’s point of views. Finally we arrived at Richmond Coliseum for a sold out show featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.  It was a fantastic show, with the audience singing along to every song and Garth playing his heart out. We’re really glad we went.

Next up for us is a trip to Boston, so stay tuned!

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