Sweetie and I have been in training for our trip to Washington, DC, for months. We have walked 10k and 5k treks for months now. We were up to 5 miles a day. We were ready for the challenges offered by DC.
The short walk (5k) offers a chance at see the National Zoo (from the outside). The long walk includes many embassies and a chance to see the National Cathedral (10k). It begins at a McDonald’s near a Metro station (the best way to get around DC). And, somehow, the long walk manages to be all uphill!.
It passes through some historical and yuppie neighborhoods. It deliberately takes the walkers past several embassies. (The Chinese embassy was the scariest with its armed guards.) Did I mention it’s all uphill?
By the time we made it to the National Cathedral, we were worn out. Sweetieheart had enough energy to hunt for the infamous Darth Vader gargoyle. He never found it. I think it was covered by scaffolding; the National Cathedral is still being repaired after the 2011 earthquake.
We were worn out! But then the magic happened. Right next to the Washington National Cathedral is a bit of parkland which is some of the only old growth forest left in DC. Two cottontails led the way.
From the Cathedral, we were led into a historic neighborhood which featured several Victorian homes.
Admiral Peary‘s former house featured a Free Library!
And somehow, the end of the walk was still uphill. We were exhausted and triumphant over all the sights we’d managed to see. We probably wouldn’t have seen 90% of them if it hadn’t been for the AVA.