Friday, October 12, 2012

into October

Wow, coming onto the halfway point in October and I'm a little sad at how fast my favorite season of the year is going by! I love, love, love the fall, with it's crispy sunny days and cool nights. No more humidity and no more sweating. I love warm sweaters and boots. So I guess it's good that I'm going to Norway and not Jamaica. I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of my closet full of coats of different thicknesses and sweaters of every color. I was so excited about fall that when the weather was still in the 80s back in September I went to the local thrift shop and bought 5 sweaters (included 3 cashmere) for $50. Score!

Another thing that has come and gone is my birthday. I'm not longer 30. Sigh. But it was an amazing birthday weekend that spoiled me beyond belief. I was surprised on a beautiful autumn morning with a birthday horseback trail ride! It turns out that Rock Creek Park was originally created by Congress as a place for the rich to ride their horses, and this tradition continues at the Rock Creek Horse Center with lessons and trail rides. Had I known this earlier I might have signed up for English riding lessons :-).

After the ride and a relaxing wine and cheese picnic, we traveled down to Old Town Alexandria to have dinner and see the sights. Old Town is a colonial town that is now populated by shops and restaurants with plenty of tourists wandering about on Saturday night. The quiet evening was briefly interrupted by being witnesses to a purse-snatching. I felt really bad for the 10-year old girl who had her panda purse stolen by a pack of wayward teens (seriously, who does that??).

Afterwards, instead of trekking back into DC on the metro, we decided to travel back in style via the water taxi that runs between Alexandria and Georgetown. Seeing the monuments at night from the water was gorgeous, and we were practically alone on the boat. Overall an amazing day and evening spent checking things off my DC to-do list (horseback riding, Alexandria, and river boat were all on there). It was exactly what I needed for a low-key birthday to welcome the 30s.

Lincoln and Washington Monuments from the Potomac





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