Invoking our sense of wonder capturing the Antares launch by Eileen Whelan
Big News For Bikers, this past Thursday various partners and stakeholders gathered on the Mount Vernon Trail in Arlington, VA to announce the creation of a Capital Trails Coalition! This initiative is a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC!!
REI is opening its doors with a Block Party Oct 21-23. We love our outdoor gear and REI carries a lot of what we like, and this weekend they're giving away lots of it, so... And the first 500 people in on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday get door prizes.
Foliage in our city is still pretty patchy - colors have been spotted on Roosevelt Island, the National Arboretum, Tidal Basin, and, of course, Rock Creek Park. Expect colors to really start coming out next week(end).
While the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool remains the largest of its kind in DC and probably the most memorable to visitors, its sibling, the Capitol Reflecting Pool, is no less fun. Situated in front of the Capitol Building and right next to the US Botanic Garden, the park is adorned with seasonal flowers, as well as ducks and seagulls that often swim in the pool. We love taking a walk around the pool where the gently sloped limestone coping and the steps that lead down from ground level afford seating for visitors with a lovely view. If you’re an aspiring photographer who chase sunrise, sunset, and moonrise, make sure to bring a tripod with you, as the pool is big enough to get affected by the wind, so be patient for your shot. While you’re out there embracing the view, perhaps expect the unexpected: ever see ice hockey on the pool? It’s a fun story, but Capitol Police do not condone it!
Picnic Area 26 via Google Maps
Picnic Area 26,
Rock Creek Park
Easily overlooked, Picnic Area 26 is a great spot to spend outside and easily drops into our hypothetical top 10 outdoor locations that many DCists don’t know about. Located off of Ridge Road, this picnic area emerges as an open field in the middle of the woods, ripe for any group of people. Adjacent to the picnic area is a seldom used horse corral. When horses are in there, it’s quite entertaining to watch them maneuver various obstacles and jumps. Also, both the Western Ridge and Valley Trails are accessible from here, so this serves as a great mini-hike starting point. The tough part about Picnic Area 26 is that it’s not easily accessible by public transit. PSA on picnic sites, permits, and reservations: Permits are needed for groups of 25+ people and can be obtained online at recreation.gov. There are many more rules and regulations specific to picnicking, but the gist is very aligned with Leave No Trace principles.
THURSDAY OCT. 20 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
American Roots Music Concert @ US BOTANIC GARDEN
Go enjoy the Botanic Garden and listen to the sounds of American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, and even zydeco! The fantastic duo Les Deux will be performing jazz and stripped down blues all delivered with deep soul. The concert series takes place in the Conservatory Garden Court with limited provided seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Or, bring your own blanket or chair and find a space in the garden.
FRIDAY OCT. 21 | 6:30 - 7:30 AM
November Project @ FARRAGUT SQUARE
Now in its third year, November Project DC has grown into a local force of free fitness, smiles, and community, and has changed the way many of us view fitness in the District. The “tribe” usually meets every Monday at Meridian Hill, every Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial, with rotating locations every Friday. Tomorrow will be at Farragut Square, and we hear they usually eat hills for breakfast. #JustShowUp
SATURDAY, OCT. 22 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Garlic Planting Party @ WASHINGTON YOUTH GARDEN
The Washington Youth Garden is hosting their 5th Annual Garlic Planting Party this Saturday. At this family-friendly autumn extravaganza, you can expect delicious fall themed food, music, face-painting, garden adventures, games, and of course, garlic planting! It's fun for adults and kids of all ages. Why garlic, you ask? So that you can keep vampires at bay on Halloween, ha!
We’re much looking forward to the Hirshhorn Fall Fest this weekend - yes to celebrating the return of fall, DC’s rocking music scene, and Hirshhorn’s newest exhibit by its namesake Icelandic artist, Ragnar Kjartansson. There will be live music at the beautiful Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, highlighting local bands whose musicians are featured in "Woman in E" - a performance piece in which a woman, dressed in a gold gown, stands on a rotating pedestal and repeatedly plays solitary E-minor chords on an electric guitar. Featuring complimentary beer tastings (21+, while supplies last). Dogs are welcome outdoors!
SUNDAY OCT. 23 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Adult Learn to Ride @ CARTER BARRON PARK
For adults who cannot ride a bike, this class will help! Provide by Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), they will help you make progress on riding, whether you succeed in one class or in ten. The class focuses on teaching balance, and then each rider proceeds at their own pace through starting/stopping, pedaling, and turning.