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US National Arboretum November 24, 2009

Filed under: dc,nablopomo,photos,trips — cupcakesupremacy @ 8:27 pm

Sunday was my final day in DC. The boys were still gone, going to another baseball game and Elyse and I headed out to the National Arboretum*.

I was super excited for this. I love plants and trees and all things botanical. Phipps is one of my favorite things about Pittsburgh, so the fact that this is outside and wayyyy bigger, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. And I was not.

I would love to go back right at the beginning of spring when everything is coming alive. I also wish we had had more time to spend there because the place is ENORMOUS. We only hung out in the front part, which included an herb garden and bonsai trees (I ❤ bonsai trees!) and the Asian Forest and both were pretty awesome.

canopy

The coolest part though was the Capitol Columns. Originally a part of Capitol Building, the columns were removed after the dome was completed and ended up being way bigger than planned. The dome overpowered the columns so they were moved.

capitol columns

Where they hung out until 1980, I have no idea, but that’s when they got their home in the Arboretum, and oh man do they look so much better there.

to the left

capitol reflections

capitol columns

You’re apparently not allowed to get married there, but Elyse and I have already planned out our joint wedding**. You’re all invited.

inside the columns

*Also, no matter how hard I try I can’t say this word right. I call it arbor-eat-em in my head and hope no one makes me say it aloud.

**We are marrying each other. And changing our last name to Raspberry.

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the district (part II) November 23, 2009

Filed under: dc,nablopomo,photos,trips — cupcakesupremacy @ 6:39 pm

Saturday morning after Elyse cooked us a lovely breakfast of blueberry pancakes, the boys hit the road to Baltimore. The girls (now including Lauren) hit the road back into DC proper. The plans were a little up in the air, but mostly included seeing the sights and maybe some museums.

Well, the day was gorgeous but super hot for September.

(most of) the washington monument

We walked past most of the memorials and the White House, which seriously needed some landscaping.

white house, brown lawn

My favorite was probably the World War II Memorial, if for nothing but the copious amounts of water. Water makes everything prettier. Although I would have liked it a lot more that day if I could have dipped my feet in.

i wanted in that water so bad

The BEST part though was after we walked past the White House we were walking to eat and came across this squirrel. Looks like a normal squirrel, right?

proof he was not dead.

WRONG!

Seconds after taking that picture, he plopped down on the ground and would not move. Eventually he rotated himself 90 degrees, but he was honestly in that splayed out position for at least the 5 minutes we stood there watching him. (I’m easily amused!)

he was tuckered out

best squirrel ever.

Everyone else that walked past stopped and gawked too, so it wasn’t just us. Even just looking at this pictures now is making me crack up.

We eventually made our way to some food and although the plan was to eat at Julia’s Empanadas, Lauren suggest Nando’s Peri-Peri and since it was supposed to have some semblance of portuguese fare, I was into it.

I got mine hot I think and it was hella spicy but also pretty amazing. I got some wrap with some spicy jelly and yogurty sauce and their fries were to die for.

My feet hate all shoes, and I had worn flipflops so I made the executive decision to call it a day and go back to Alexandria. One day I’ll see you, museums.

 

the district sleeps alone tonight… November 22, 2009

Filed under: dc,nablopomo,trips — cupcakesupremacy @ 6:15 pm

Two and a half months isn’t too late to write about a trip, is it?

Labor day weekend, we traveled down to DC to visit my friend Elyse. Keith’s friend Dave came with us and Keith made side plans to see baseball games giving me some time with Elyse.

I hadn’t seen her in several months and had never been to DC, so I was pretty excited.

We left Friday after Keith got home from work and hit zero traffic going down. We got to Old Town, Alexandria at about 8PM. After tossing our stuff down we headed for the metro, since she lives a very convenient 5 minute walk from a stop.

I was also (geekily) excited to ride the metro. I’m a big fan of public transportation and love to experience the future, as Pittsburgh is still very much stuck in the past.

A goal of mine has also been to listen to Alkaline Trio’s cover of Metro while riding on the metro and I crossed that one off the list too!

We headed into DC proper and headed to RFD. The boys are amateur beer snobs, so Elyse picked this place for its varied selection.

It was a pretty awesome place. I am the opposite of a beer snob, preferring cheap, light beer to anything dark or heavy. I am a fan of fruity beer though. A few weeks prior, on a whim, I tried Founder’s Cerise Cherry Ale at D’s Six Pax and found it to be heavenly.

I decided that would be the theme of my night and started with a Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company.

swiped from flickr user: mike gowen

While madly in love with the label, I wasn’t so in love with the beer itself. It had a slight raspberry flavor but nothing too strong and was just kind of so-so.

My next beer was Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.

blech.

Also a mistake because I momentarily forgot I hate wheat beer. I discovered this when I tried to be all fancy and drink Hoegaarden once and Did. Not. Like.

I can’t even remember how strong/weak the blackberry flavor was because I was too busy being grossed out at the wheat flavor.

My next beer was not a beer, but Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider, which OMG AMAZING. I would probably succumb to alcoholism if this was easier to have on hand. I love granny smith apples and it was so tart and amazing and my mouth is watering just thinking of it.

I should have just stuck with that, but decided to try Woodchuck Pear for my final drink. While pretty good, it was nowhere near as amazing as the granny smith, but I’d definitely drink one if you offered.

After that we enjoyed a slightly tipsy metro ride home and collapsed.

And look at that, I probably have enough material to stretch this into another post, so I will. Did I see the White House? Did I see the Washington Monument? Did I mind the gap? Stay tuned!