I recently put together a little east coast and DC area bucket list. It's one thing I usually do when we move to a new location so that when we eventually move I can say we saw it all. In Monterey it was the top 10 hiking spots. In DC it is definitely museums. But another thing DC is famous for: cherry blossoms. They are planted all around the tidal basin and as soon as the weather warms a bit it becomes a beautiful sea of white and pink flowers. We didn't make it into town for the festival (I didn't really want to fight the crowds and parking) but we drove up the next weekend and spent the afternoon in the city. We walked all the way around the basin and stopped for a picnic lunch.
|bahaha Charlotte is hilarious!|
|it was a tad windy.|
And for comparison, here is the picture of Norah and me last year at the blossoms, and now this year. My baby is growing up too fast!!
And a few weeks ago I did something I haven't done in about 5 years: ran a 5k! When Matt was deployed back in 2011 I ran a few, and after he came back we ran a couple together. After Charlotte was born I never got back into it. I still exercised regularly but didn't participate in 5k's. When a friend of mine signed up for this I couldn't resist. I forgot to mention the main motivation: it was at a vineyard! I couldn't think of a more beautiful setting in Southern Maryland. Running Hare Vineyard is only 5 minutes from our house. I didn't even know it existed until I ran this race. After turning off the main street, we wound down a gravel road, pass vineyards, a lake and lush trees. We eventually arrived at the main house, where the tents were set up and participants were getting ready. After scoping things out a bit I was a little nervous. The course looked a bit more challenging than I was expecting. Weaving in and out of the vines, up and down hills, mostly on trail, and a surprise I didn't discover until mid run (stairs!). Honestly I was expecting to do well on this run. I work out, I'm fit, a 5k seems easy. Boy was I in for a bit of a rude awakening. It was much harder than I expected. I finished at just over 30 minutes. MUCH slower than I had hoped. I do think the terrain had a bit to do with that. (That's my story anyways!)
Thankfully I wasn't the only one who thought it was a tough run. And at the end of the day I had a blast and am super glad I did it. And that glass of wine post run sure tasted good!
Here are a few fun photos from the race....
|a group photo!|
|all smiles....not realizing we had to climb that hill later|
|weaving in and out|
|up a hill. Serious business for me. haha|
|more weaving. lots of turns. lots.|
|almost done Carolyn|
|Libby means serious business.|