When I learned I'd be spending the summer on the east coast, one of the things I was most excited about was being able to visit all of the east coast breweries. More specifically, I was excited to finally be able to visit Dogfish Head. For those of you who don't know, Dogfish is located in Milton, Delware, and it about a 2.5 hour drive from D.C. Because there is no public transportation or bus from D.C. to Dogfish, I had been trying to find another cheap way to visit them all summer. I ended up just sucking it up and renting a car.
Last week, I decided that I needed to get out of the city. So I hopped on a bus to Philly for the day. Due to bus schedules, I was only able to spend about 8 hrs in the city. Luckily, I had been to Philly a few times before, so I knew where everything I wanted to see was located. I started by checking out Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. I came back at the end of the day to see the Liberty Bell when the line was shorter. Afterwards, it was off to get a Philly cheese steak from my favorite place, Jim's on South, but the line was too long and I was short on time. I continued walking around and ended up on harbor and was amazed at what the city had done with it. They had set up lights, hammocks and chairs, and food stands along the water! The pictures I took don't do it justice!
A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit Arlington Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria and the DC Zoo. That Saturday, I visited Arlington and Old Town Alexandria in Virginia. It was humbling to see the resting places of so many great people such as JFK and various Supreme Court Justices. After walking around Arlington, I headed towards Old Town Alexandria for lunch. I love Old Town, especially King Street because of all of the cute little shops and places to eat. It's a great place to see a historic colonial town if you are visiting DC and are short on time. I also paid a visit to Port City brewery, which by the way, has some delicious beer. On Sunday, I decided to visit the zoo. If you know me, you know I love zoos and will go any chance I get. The DC Zoo is one of my favorites because it is one of the few zoos in the U.S that has pandas and its free! (Yay for broke grad students like me!)
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With summer in full swing, this is the perfect time to pack up the car and take a road trip to someplace you've always wanted to visit. While there are many road trip posts about what to pack, what you should check on your car before you leave and even fun places to visit, I want to talk about something a little different- driving etiquette or as I like to call them, the unofficial rules of the road. Now this is not some post aimed at bashing other drivers, it's about helping you guys, drivers and passengers, be safe on the road so you can get to your awesome destinations, wherever they may be.
I apologize for dropping the ball on blogging yet again, but these last few weeks in DC have been nothing shy of busy. I have been completely swamped working for my internship and working for school. It's tough being a adult. Luckily, I have somehow managed to get my butt out of bed on the weekends to explore the city, despite being exhausted beyond max. So far I've been able to see the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the Monuments, Eastern Market, the Navy Yard and Georgetown. And to take a break from sightseeing and being in the blazing heat (thanks humidity!), I've also been able to visit some of the local breweries, such as Capitol City, DC Brau and Atlas.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you would see that I left California awhile ago and have actually been in D.C for over a week. I apologize for the late post but moving across the country, doing stuff for school and trying to see as many sites as possible before work started kept me very busy last week. Anyways, back to what I was trying to say......
Last week A and I decided to do one last hike before I left for California and D.C. We decided on Smith Rock State Park, about 35 minutes north of Bend. This place had been on our list for a long time so it was nice to finally be able to visit. We walked along the rim of the park for a bit and then did the Misery Trail, which is about a one mile trail uphill. Let me tell you, they don't call it the Misery Trail for nothing! Afterwards we were craving a burger and beer, so the obvious choice was to head to Bend. Although we didn't stay in Bend long, it was awesome to finally try some of the famous Bend beer. I can't wait to come back in the fall and do the Bend Ale Trail correctly.
Now that the stress of school is over, I am happy to announce that this summer I will be living and interning in DC! Four years ago I lived and interned in DC as an undergrad and now I get to do it again as a law student! I am so excited to be heading back to our nation's capital, it is all I have been able to think about for weeks! I am also super excited to be able to do some serious East Coast beer tasting (I'm looking at you D.C, Boston, Virginia, Philly, New York and possibly Maine and Vermont breweries!)
A few weeks ago, A had a birthday and seeing as how it was a big one (25!), I really wanted to do something special. A said he just wanted to go hiking on the Columbia River Gorge and go beer tasting. Hiking + beer? You don' t have to ask me twice!
After a day of running around Harry Potter World, the next few days of our vacation were spent doing just the opposite. A and I spent our days reading and relaxing on the beach, going beer tasting and watching lots of movies on Redbox. It was exactly what we needed before heading home to prepare for finals.
When the idea to go to Florida came on the table, my first instinct was- "I have to visit Disney world and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter". I told A that those were my two non-negotiables if we went. Unfortunately, once we saw the prices, we decided we could only pick one and so I said Harry Potter of course!
The day after we landed in Tampa, A and I woke up super early and drove the 2 hours to Orlando to get there just in time for opening. I apologize for the overload of pictures, I was just so excited to be there, I couldn't stop running around and acting like a kid!
I know what you're thinking... why would she need a vacation before a vacation?! and you are exactly right! But the truth is, that when A and I decided to go to Florida for spring break, flights were pretty expensive. We found out that flying out of Seattle would have cost us $200 less per ticket. So we figured why not fly out of Seattle and make a mini vacation out of it. We were in Seattle for about 24 hours and spent it trying out the local beer and eating, because is there any other way to vacation? (beer +seafood= perfection in my book!) Then we hopped on a red eye and spent the next week in Tampa. Stay tuned for a blog post next week about my week in Florida and my first spring break ever!
This time last year, I had been feeling rather frustrated with the daily routine that was my life. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I was longing for something more. I found myself constantly looking up destinations on Pinterest every chance I got. I dreamed of visiting these places, meeting new people and eating and drinking the local cuisine and beer.