Stripes on the Potomac

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Yesterday afternoon a friend and I took a trip to Georgetown to walk around the Potomac and look for a house with Wisteria that I’d found on Pinterest. We walked from campus to the Georgetown Waterfront, up and down the boardwalk, watching crew teams speedily float by. Afterwards, we walked back up to M Street and made a quick stop at Pie Sisters for some cuppies before heading to the corner of 35th and Prospect to find the Wisteria. Unfortunately, someones car was parked on the sidewalk right in front of the white door dripping with the purple blooms. Nevertheless, they were beautiful and the smell from some pink hedges across the street wafted over to us, inviting us to sit by them and eat our pies. After our quick snack, we headed back down the hill and walked halfway over the Key Bridge… does that count as walking to Virginia? The sun sparkling on the water provided the perfect backdrop to take a photo in our matching outfits, which may or may not have been planned (wink, wink)!

For my outfit, I wore a peplum pinstripe top, paired with white jeans and white heels. I sensibly brought a pair of comfortable white eyelet Keds to change into for all the walking around we did (9 miles)! I also broke out my Kate Spade cross body that I picked up in TJ Maxx last weekend for 75% off. I’m completely obsessed. From the scallop detailing to the clever clasp to the vibrant color of the soft leather, it’s the perfect bag. The only “downside” is that there is a little compartment inside that I accidentally placed my phone into and when I couldn’t find it, proceeded to have a mini heart attack and ping my phone when it was inside my bag all along… oops!

Getting Outside

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Spring weather has finally arrived! Because the weather here in D.C. has been sunny and over 60 degrees, I’ve been making sure to get my daily dose of fresh air. Although it’s difficult while living in a city, especially since the ‘freshness’ of the air can be questionable, it is still important to get outside and get some exercise! I’m still addicted to working out daily in the gym but I know that once May 15th arrives and I head home, I won’t be seeing an indoor workout until the fall. Here are some fun ways for you to enjoy the great outdoors while being somewhat active this spring!

  • Go to the beach: it’s not too hot or crowded yet, and the frigid winter winds are gone! grab your dog or best friend and go for a walk or a frolic down the beach!
  • Ride your bike: Every day that I’m home I bike 10 miles, even in the winter when it’s below freezing! Now that the weather has warmed up, I’m dying to get back at it. There are so many good paths or places to bike, even your yard is the perfect spot.
  • Be a tourist: This one is especially easy in D.C. This past weekend I visited the Botanical Gardens, wandered around the mall and walked to the Tidal Basin to see the Cherry Blossoms! Even if you aren’t in a typical tourist destination, head over to a cool building or a park you’ve never visited!
  • Walk to dinner (or for cupcakes): It’s now warm enough for this to be enjoyable again! I can’t wait to walk along the waterfront of Georgetown on my way to pick up cupcakes this spring.
  • Go ride (a horse): It’s officially polo season and the footing is thawed and ready to go. The snow has also melted so the woods are ready for trail rides!
  • Climb a tree: You’re never too old to do this, it’s fun and a quality upper body workout.
  • Tumble outside: Get on your lawn and do some flips, hand stands, yoga, anything! Even roll around on the ground, spin, or run in circles. Just have fun!
  • Have a picnic: Fresh air and fresh food go together like springtime and flowers. Fruits are also starting to come back into season and there’s nowhere better to enjoy them.
  • Go for a walk or hike: I’m already planning out hikes to go on this spring! One of these weekends I’ll be hiking surrounded by bluebells and hopefully climbing a new mountain to a scenic lookout.
  • Go to a playground: Swing sets are a personal favorite of mind. Just make sure you don’t try to join some children at recess… If playgrounds have too many germs for your liking or you don’t want to be seen on one, find a nice limb and build a swing in your yard for instant hours of entertainment!

Botanical Blooms

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What a fun day at the D.C. Botanical Gardens! My RA planned the trip with another hall, but I was the only one to show up from my building which worked out because I was able to make friends with some awesome people! It was so much fun to walk around and explore the gardens. After getting “rained” on one too many times by the indoor humidifiers, we headed outside to look around before going to the Library of Congress and getting our cards! That’s one item off the bucket list! Unfortunately, I forgot my license so my card is “unverified” and expires on the first of April.

On the metro back, a strange man was sprinting back and forth through the car while the train was in motion, as well as laying flat on his back in the middle of the aisle and asking people for crack and money. At one stop, he ran off the train to the opposite platform; I thought for sure that he was going the kill himself right then and there by throwing himself onto the tracks but he didn’t, thank God, and instead, ran right back onto our train. You never know what you’ll encounter in D.C. Every day’s an adventure; that’s for sure.

Outfit Details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer Brewster T-Shirt Dress (similar), Shoes: Kate Spade Keds

Spring Break in Sarasota

This year’s spring break began with snow both in DC and at home. The frigid, gloomy weather only has me continuing to reminisce about last year’s spring break trip so I decided to share how I spent my time in Sarasota, FL last April. It was such a fun trip and managed to be jam-packed yet relaxing!

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On our first night there, we took a walk down to the beach to watch the sunset. We only stayed for a couple of minutes because we were exhausted, but it felt nice to get some fresh air and feel the sand between my toes. The following day, we visited Selby Gardens and spent the afternoon walking around. I had so much fun climbing trees, looking at tropical flowers, walking around, and especially chatting with my Grandpa and Mom. We even had lunch in the peaceful gardens; it was so good.

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Our favorite activity on this trip was driving around the coast and trying to find cool beaches. Although we ended up at the local one most of the time, it was fun to discover different spots.  I spotted an interesting looking beach from an overpass bridge near Longboat Key and pulled off the road immediately. The beach was so cool and covered in old trees and driftwood! My Mom and I almost got trapped by the tide coming back but it was worth it!

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Another activity we frequently did on this trip was drive around Sarasota and visit the state parks. We first visited Oscar Sherer State Park to walk around and explore. It was fun to walk around and climb trees, but without a bike, this park was not somewhere that I could spend a lot of time. On our way out, I discovered an old trestle which was extremely exciting because I’m obsessed with trestles.

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The following day, we road-tripped to Myakka River State Park. We climbed above and through the canopy, saw alligators, and frolicked in trees. It was fun to drive through the park and see how the Florida forest differed from that in Rhode Island. Highlights of the day included getting stuck in a tree and seeing a mommy alligator with its baby!

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Before I knew it, my time in FL had ended and I watched our final sunset through the car window. It was absolutely breathtaking. The next morning, we made a quick visit to the Ringling Gardens before getting on a plane and heading home. It was such a fun trip and I’m dying to go back and see my Grandparents.

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Beach Then Blizzard

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Because I knew I would be snowed in today thanks to the blizzard, I decided to get out and go to Misquamicut State Beach yesterday. I love the beach, yet, I never go in the summer. The sun is too hot, there are too many people and I always get a headache from the salt air if I stay too long. In my opinion, going to the beach when it’s freezing out, to the point that it’s 20° and there’s snow on the ground, is a much better option. It’s more fun to be able to frolic, troll the signs and have the whole beach to yourself. There’s also no beach traffic and free, unlimited parking!

19th Birthday Bucket List

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Today is my nineteenth birthday and I decided to make a bucket list for this year; nineteen things I want to do before my teenage years kick the bucket!

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  1. Ride on the beach
  2. Climb more mountains
  3. Leave the country at some point
  4. Do some serious showing
  5. Continue to narrow down what I might want to do with my life
  6. Jump off a cliff
  7. Go to Santa’s Village
  8. See a free show at the Kennedy Center
  9. Visit at least 3 different covered bridges
  10. Paddle board
  11. Perfect some pieces on the violin
  12. Get a card to the Library of Congress
  13. Explore a new state in the US
  14. Road-trip to New Hampshire’s Flume Gorge
  15. Get a job
  16. Go to Nantucket
  17. Try a different type of food
  18. Attend a great concert
  19. Make new friends

Can’t wait to see what 19 has in store!

 

Seal Searching

This past Wednesday I had planned to go to Newport but my plans ended up falling through. However, since the weather was absolutely gorgeous (sunny and 50°) I was determined to make it to the beach. Fortunately, one of my friends and her dogs were up for an adventure to accompany our Dover run.

This time of year, Rome Point in North Kingston is infamous for seal sightings. I really wanted to see the seals in all of their adorable, chubby glory so we plugged Rome Point into the GPS and were off. Once we arrived at our destination and started walking toward the point, we realized the tide was too high to make it and that we’d reached a dead-end. However, the spot was gorgeous. I’m definitely going back in the near future.

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Although the first stop was a bust, I was still determined to find the seals! I examined a map and noticed that there was a path about five minutes down the road that would lead me to the coast near Rome Point. All I would have to do was walk along the shoreline until I found the seals. We arrived with the dogs at the John H. Chaffee Nature Preserve and started walking.

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Finally, after what felt like forever, we arrived at the coast and were greeted by a striking view of the Jamestown Bridge. We turned to our left and started hiking along the rocky shoreline toward Rome Point. Although there were no seals to be seen, I kept my hopes up. There were some rocks farther out in the water that could potentially have seals and I wanted to get a closer look.

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Just as we were about to turn back, I reexamined the rocks and saw light-colored lumps on them. I had found the seals! Because I had forgotten binoculars, I used my camera lens to get a closer look. They were too cute!

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Although we had completed our mission, the adventure continued. We decided to take a shortcut path back that we were certain connected with the main trail. However, when we came to a fork in the road, we went in the “wrong” direction. What we found was extremely exciting for me: A TRESTLE! I am obsessed with trestles, especially the bare ones that haven’t been modernized or child-proofed and this one was just that!

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After departing from the trestle, we managed to find our way back to the car. The dogs napped most of the way home. Overall, we walked about 4 miles of beautiful Rhode Island. We couldn’t have planned a better day!