Cuban Burgers, Craft Beers, and a Cabin: A weekend in Shenandoah Valley

cup of coffee with trees reflected

In September, I started feeling a little landlocked, so I booked several local trips: (this one to Outer Banks) and also two nights in a cabin in the Shenandoah Valley for the weekend after Thanksgiving. I figured a couple of nights of peace and Continue reading “Cuban Burgers, Craft Beers, and a Cabin: A weekend in Shenandoah Valley”

AT: Virginia and West Virginia

Hiker faces a row of mountains on the appalachian trail

Chris has been hiking with his son for the past 140 miles or so.  This week they reached Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, which is just shy of halfway for Chris.  This part of the trail is very close to our house in northern Virginia, so I was able to go pick them up and bring them home so they could each do a few days of administrative tasks.  His son has just been accepted to college so there is lots of paperwork involved in that, and Chris needed to pack up his closet and office in preparation for our big trip coming up in August.  And, happily, I was able to get pictures off both their cameras and post some images from this section of the trail.  Today after work I’ll be driving them back out to Harper’s Ferry, and they will continue their hike.  Mike hopes to get 500 miles in on the trail, and I will meet up with Chris in June after I finish work.

 

 

Adventures around NoVa: Fall 2013

Deah and Chris, Congress trip, Washington DC

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Some of my new friends are complaining that I never post any pictures of life in the US here, so I will do that. Here are some adventures I’ve had in the last few months while hanging around Northern Virginia.
I’ve been riding my bike more often- I did a very fun 25 mile ride with some friends in Dover, Delaware in September, and this past weekend I did a 56 mile ride to the end of the Washington/Old Dominion trail here in Virginia. The nice thing about getting out on a bike is being out in the fresh air, enjoying the fall weather, and not having it hurt every fiber of my body, like running does.

Speaking of running, I did the Army 10 Miler with my sweetheart and some friends, but due to security measures, couldn’t take my phone with me to get pics. But we kicked ass at 2 hours, 11 seconds.
The fall weather up here does something amazing to the trees. We don’t have beautiful fall leaves down in Texas- they just turn brown and fall off. Here in NoVa, they turn sunny yellow, brilliant orange, fiery red, majestic purple, and some just stay a glossy green. Really. It’s very beautiful, and it makes my daily drive home on Fairfax County Parkway really great.

Last week, I took a day off work to do some things, and wound up in a corner of DC that I had never been to, and ran smack into (not literally) the Washington National Cathedral. I had heard of it but never really seen a picture of it or been to it. Wow! What a gorgeous cathedral. I can’t wait to go check it out with some friends and tour it. I also visited DC on a field trip with my school, to meet our congressman.
And, of course, my favorite event of all time occurs around this time each year: Halloween/ my birthday. Accompanying that is decorating the house, carving pumpkins (this year I did some drilling!), dressing up, and going to Oktoberfest (where we volunteered at the wine tent). And getting a year old, which turns out to not be so bad (so far).