On Monday, I had a heated conversation with a friend on the possibility of 100-degree days in DC. That day saw the temperature reaching to three digits, but it turned out that hitting 100 degrees in our city is less common than what you would think. Based on historical records for the last 40 years, the temperature hit at least 100 degrees in roughly 50% of years, which means every two or three years is the general story here. Sooo, what does this mean for us? Since it’s a given that we already had a 100-degree summer day, it’s unlikely that we will hit it again until 2018 or 2019.
Anyway, 100 degrees or not, it's been hot. The District's 5 days of 95+ degree heat is no joke. Thankfully, this weekend, it’s forecasted to relent a bit. Regardless, we've put together several tips and tricks for battling the heat while still getting your daily dose of nature.
Take a spin at the only roller skating pavilion in a national park! We didn't believe it at first, but free skate rentals are available seven days a week from now through Labor Day. On the weekends, Anacostia Park has a blast with retro roller skating parties where DJs spin music while visitors are invited to bring out their best moves. It’s cool. We fully approve.
Yard's Park is a great place to stick your toes in the water, run your a hand through the waterfall, or find a shady spot to relax. The 5.5 acre park has a lot to offer, but when you visit also keep in mind nearby favorites like Ice Cream Jubilee, Ballpark Boathouse, and the Trapeze School.
Need an excuse to get out to the National Arboretum? How about an evening of live jazz in the middle of the meadow? Meadows (the performer) is a multifaceted jazz pianist, composer, vocalist, and jazz educator, and his performances reflect his versatile musical background. Reservation required - send the organizer a note to let her know you’re coming: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stop by a grocery store before the concert and pick up some snacks to make it one of the best impromptu nights of the summer. (Sorry! No alcohol allowed).
There are tons of groups rides across DC, but only one combines cupcakes and cycling. Join the folks from Bicycle Space for a leisurely ride of 15-20 miles around DC. The ride starts and ends at their chinatown storefront. Snacks will either be provided or there will be a stop at a bakery/cafe for a midway treat. If it's raining, call the store to see if the ride is still on.
Have extra outdoorsy gear that's looking for a new home? We rarely recommend ticketed events, but this is one that can enable more adventures and is an opportunity to chat with fellow outdoor enthusiasts (and gear junkies). $7 for REI members, $10 for others. Complemented with live bluegrass, beers, and fun. Bring cash to buy/sell gear.
What’s in a name that which we call... a “corpse flower?” No surprise, it smells like rotten flesh! This unique plant can go for many years without flowering, yet when it does, the blooms only last up to two days. Come to the U.S. Botanic Garden to watch this spectacular six-year-old specimen bloom for the first time in its life between July 30 and August 2. It already stands nearly four feet tall and could double in size when it starts to open. The crowds will grow, too. Fact: More than 130,000 people visited the Botanic Garden during the last corpse flower bloom in 2013. So, go early or expect long lines.