Holidays = Time Off = Time Outside - and this is always our favorite result.
But before we get into what's happening this week, how about that Saturday morning ice storm! Most of DC woke up to a glistening, ice covered wonderland this past weekend. Some of us in the Wanderus team ventured out to explore parts of Southwest DC, an area that may have been better traversed via skates. We captured some cool shots of half decayed flowers completely frozen in ice, knocked down at least 100 icicles, and held a contest for who could slide on the icy ground for the farthest. Who else got outside to explore the winterland?
Local Recreation News:
Ground has been broken on the new Marvin Gaye Recreation Center in Ward 7. Checkout the plans for the new center. Mayor Bowser shared, “by building the Marvin Gaye Recreation Center and making enhancements to the trail, we are not just investing in a building – we are investing in a community and creating new opportunities for residents.”
Also, if you've got friends or family visiting for the holidays, be forewarned the Washington Monument is closed (again) for renovations until Spring 2019 :-/
PLACES TO EXPLORE
Rolling along Marvin Gaye Trail
via WABA's Garret Hennigan
Marvin Gaye Trail
You will be surprised at what a pleasant ride Marvin Gaye Trail can give you! The trail starts from Lady Bird Johnson Meadow (near Minnesota Ave Metro station) with a six-foot circular, mosaic portrait of Marvin Gaye at the very beginning of the dedicated trail. There it runs along the creek stream through the quiet neighborhoods of Deanwood, Lincoln Heights, and Hillbrook towards DC’s Eastern corner, and continues to the Watts Branch Playground and Marvin Gaye Recreation Center. Words has it that there's a plan for extended trail networks connecting Marvin Gaye Trail to the Maryland line, woot! We love how smooth and well paved the road is, the tree canopy, restored creek beds, and green space it passes through. You can find perfect picnic spots around almost every corner, so bring your lunch with you!
Inside one of the world's greatest art museums, National Gallery of Art Garden Courts in both the East and West Buildings are quiet and inviting. At the middle of each garden is a gorgeous water fountain, originally made for the vast garden of the Palace of Versailles. There you can see two cherubs play with a lyre (East Building) or wrestle with a swan (West Building) - both features are an emblem of Apollo, while the quiver of arrows pays tribute to Cupid. With flowers running along the rim of the fountain cascade, plants thriving from all four corners of the garden, and benches dotted around the main fountain stage, the courtyards are a beautiful spot to read, relax, or meditate - the same enjoyment as King Louis XIV and his courtiers did in the 17th century. Oh là là!
Local bike shop, the Bike Rack, is hosting their weekly introductory bike ride. The ride is perfect for anyone new to group riding and wants to gain some experience before jumping into an intermediate group ride. Although this is an introductory ride, this is a road ride, and road bikes are required. It is also mandatory that your bike is in good working condition and you wear a helmet.
This unusual annual Christmas Eve event features a water-skiing Santa and his Reindeer, flying Elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River. Join in the sing-along. Tip: the prime viewing area is along the waterfront between King Street and Oronoco Street, which includes Founders Park and the Alexandria City Marina. Rain, snow or shine.
Burn off those extra holiday cookies immediately with a fun workout with November Project DC. They will be meeting on Capitol Hill right as the sun starts to shine. It's a very inclusive group that welcomes all shapes and sizes. As November Project says, "just show up".