Monday, June 13, 2016

Fort Washington, MD

Place Visited: Fort Washington, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

My 10-year-old self was too excited for words by this place, an actual old military fort you can wander around almost everywhere in. The view is amazing, but mostly I just enjoyed tromping around, seeing every inch. I'll definitely be going back.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fort Foote, MD

Place Visited: Fort Foote, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

Fort Foote Park has some ginormous cannons and a gorgeous walk down to the river. There wasn't a soul around when I was there.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Oxon Hill, MD

Place Visited: Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

Oxon Hill Farm was pretty quiet and chilly when I visited, but all the buildings were open so I got to see the cows, pigs, and horses. Though I grew up in the Midwest, I've never lived or worked on a farm, and yet for some reason I still feel a little nostalgic at the smell of hay.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Manassas, VA

Location: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Visited: January 2016

Manassas is right next door to my hometown but I don't visit often. I will, however, have to go back to Grounds Central Station sometime. The coffee is good, the staff is super friendly, and the atmosphere is cozy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Charles Town, WV

Location: Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Visited: January 2016

Historic downtown Charles Town is pretty much closed on Sundays, I discovered. I had a decent waffle at Grandma's Diner, was a little concerned what Needful Things (which was closed) might actually sell, and saw some nice art at the visitors center. On my way there I also stopped at the Collectable Treasures indoor flea market. Didn't buy anything, but it was fun to browse.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Location: Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Visited: December 2015

Artomatic is a lovely art show with over 500 artists, taking over an entire building. I attended the last show, in Crystal City, and I'm glad I made it to this one as well. And just barely - I finally managed to attend on the next-to-last day of the show. I was sick as a dog and it was probably a terrible idea, but I'm glad I went all the same. Very inspiring.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Charlottesville, VA

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Visited: November 2015

We spent the weekend in Charlottesville to visit friends and to attend a Cider Week event in Richmond. We had a lovely time and drank some very tasty cider. Also that weekend we tried some kind of weird tea and ate some delicious food at Firefly and Lampo (you can't read it anymore, but at the bottom of the receipt it says, "Heroes in a Half Shell. Turtle Power."

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Millwood, VA

Location: Millwood, Virginia, USA
Visited: November 2015

My original plan was to visit the estate at Long Branch but it seemed pretty closed so I wandered down the road to nearby Millwood. The Burwell-Morgan Mill was a nifty little tour, and then I had lunch at the Locke Country Store across the street, where I ate cornbread made from flour ground at the mill. Very tasty.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington, DC

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Date Visited: August 2015

This was my first visit to the National Arboretum. Very pretty. We toured the herb gardens and the bonsai and penjing displays. There were some bits that were confusing, where a mystery plant was very clearly not any of the nearby tags (for example, we're fairly certain this pretty purple pea pod is neither corn nor cotton nor barley nor millet nor sugarcane), but that's okay. We still had a good time. I'll have to go back in a different season. Or at least when it's not quite so beastly hot.

Afterward, we grabbed lunch at Hogs on the Hill, which was decent but not too memorable. The milkshakes from Checkers next door were, though. Wow.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Midcoast Maine

Location: Rockland, Portland, Wiscasset, and Freemont, Maine, USA
Date Visited: July 2015

I visited Maine for the first time this summer in order to take part in another first: my first bike tour, the Maine Lobster Ride sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. We just biked the 15 mile route, but next year we're definitely going for the 30.

I saw and did so many awesome things on this trip, I don't even know how to sum it up. So I'll do what I always do, which is make bulleted lists:

Yummy food:

Great shopping:

Nifty sites:

In short, Maine is great and I would definitely go back.