Hiking is great fun but don’t leave your blackberry behind.
Took this crop of pictures during a couple of recent hikes in Maryland’s parks. I went to Great Falls, one of the region’s most popular parks for all kinds of outdoor fun. Admission is five dollars and valid for three days. If scrambling about craggy rocks like a cloven-hooved mountain goat is your thing, then I recommend the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side of the Falls.
On this last trip, I took the River Trail on the Virginia side: Continue reading
A grotesque giant Pacific octopus. An electric eel capable of discharging up to 600 volts. Neon-hued jellyfish. Smiling, puppy-like dolphins. Silver arowanas. Sharks galore. And a crusty ol’ Weedy scorpionfish that looks like a relative of Bill “Bootstrap” Turner from Pirates of the Carribean. If you love sea creatures, then I know you’ll love the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Aquarium, which sits right on the Inner Harbor and features ten live exhibits, is worth the $29.95 admission fee ($20.95 for kids, $26.95 for seniors.) The website offers a couple of promotions that you might be able to use. Continue reading
Now that it’s pretty much a done deal that Mitt Romney’s the Republican presidential candidate, this is a good time to learn a little more about the guy’s faith. So off I went to pay a visit to the famous gold-turretted, white marbled Mormon Temple on Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington, Md. Upclose, the fortress-like building is rather formidable, but the grounds are well-pruned and pretty on a sunny day.
I’m honestly not that interested in the Mormon philosophy, but it’s been quite a source of controversy for Romney in his quest to be the GOP challenger to Obama. (The idea of having a Mormon president rubs some religious voters the wrong way, as they don’t consider Mormonism a part of mainstream Christianity.) I wandered closer and closer to the temple, looking for someone to talk to. Continue reading
This past Saturday, the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival took place along the intersection of 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. Although it seemed slightly smaller this year and you had to pay $5 for admission (implemented in recent years,) the beautiful weather had Washingtonian families out in full force. I had a great time witnessing all the action and catching up with some friends. We saw:
If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary to do, pay a visit to the National Park Seminary in Kensington, Md. Formerly designated as a summer vacation spot for Washingtonians, it was turned into a girls finishing school in 1894. After World War II, the army took over the area to use as medical and rehab facilities for returning soldiers, but limited funds caused them to eventually abandon the place. Most of the buildings in the Seminary are now in disrepair or falling to pieces, including the madcap collection of buildings inspired by global architecture. Continue reading