She came downstairs – and said to me ” What do you plan to do today “?
“Mow the lawn ” I replied !
Wait – we have to walk – 10000 steps !
So – that is when she said –
let’s take the Metro –
and go into the WATERFRONT to the WHARF !!!!
It had been years since we had gone to the FISH MARKET on the waterfront. And – the whole city line had changed –
to a beautiful waterfront plaza – with many eatery’s and bars – music and venues for top of the line entertainment nation wide.
The transformation is stunning – and construction is everywhere. Huge buildings – grand boardwalk and tons of people.
You see everything – and there are electric scooters all over – you just put your credit card in –
ride it to where you want to go – get off and leave it for the next person !
On both sides of the boardwalk are places to eat and drink and be social with the harbor and boats.
There are vendors with huge piles of fish – shrimp – lobsters- clams and oysters –
all freshly caught and brought in from the East Coast.
You can buy just about anything and even have it cooked right there!
The smells of cooked fish – shrimp – lobster – were everywhere !
We selected a place to eat in the shade but on the waterfront – public restrooms were available and very clean.
It could be a little pricey – so come prepared.
We decided to continue our 10000 steps and walk the the harbor way to the ball fields about a mile away.
Along the way we saw dozens of hikers in full packs – hats and outfits – I asked what they were doing as they had some sort of GPS – phone like instruments – they were on a 50 mile challenge – one women told me !
It reminded me of The Amazing race ! And they were all in a hurry !
We walked where we had never been before – in all the years we have walked D.C.
We came first to Audi Field –
the brand new home to DC UNITED SOCCER TEAM.
And within a 1/4 mile to the NATIONALS PARK – baseball field !
We have been to the baseball park a lot of times – but this was a first for the soccer field as it just opened this Spring.
We were there at 4:00 PM.and fans were already arriving for the 7:00 PM. game.
We crossed the street – and it was right out of a movie set – every table outside – and there were dozens of them – six to eight people a table –
were packed full of thirty something young people – all dressed like well dressed college students – sitting – drinking and talking.
Everywhere I looked including the outside bar and inside was the same – as if hundreds of them decided to descend upon the scene at the same time !
We went inside to get into air condition as it was hot in the Sun – each having a drink before we found our way to the Metro stop !
We can actually leave home – drive 15 or 20 minutes – park and ride the Metro right to the gates of the park.
A over six hour journey – ( ended up with over 12,000 steps )
was a perfect way to spend a Saturday mid morning – getting back home around 6:00 PM.
Just in time to settle in and watch the NAT’S on TV playing the Cubs !
Hint of the day – we always take pictures of where we park in whatever venue we leave from –
makes it much easier to find your car ! LOL
I hope you like this little journey – living healthy – walking –
And sometimes on a whim –
change it up and adventure into something new –
YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE A CAT ON A LEASH THAT LOOKS LIKE A LYNX!
I never imagined – back when – as I neared retirement – I would sometimes not remember what day of the week it was ! Nor – would I ever wonder – with the hours of each day – “HOW DID I EVER FIND TIME TO WORK”?
You want to stay Young ? You want to stay active ? To do that – at least I find – the way I remember – is that Monday night is put out the GARBAGE – and pick up is Tuesday ! Now – that I remember for some reason. Also – I know it is Monday – because that is the day Tammy – our daughter – closes her store up , Kids 529 Consignment shop ! So – she does not work that day – and in the school year – I do not pick up the twins from school.
The rest of the week – each day – I go and wait in a car line to pick up the girls – and I get there early – so I am usually second in line – and the line when school is out is about 70 or more cars ! So – I am prepared – I take my water -maybe a snack- a pillow – and leave the car on – it is a Hybrid so it mostly runs on the battery. I kick the seat back and turn my favorite radio show on – 106.7 – the Sports radio show that covers the D.C. area.
Sometimes I even drift off for a power nap!
That takes me up to Tuesday – garbage day and pick up the girls day. Wednesday is take the twins to choir day – and meet Granny -( Jennie )- Marcus mother – who picks up Bode every day from preschool.
She takes him home and when Marcus is done – he picks him up and then will come to our house and pick up the twins.
But – Wednesday is church choir and all three sing – even Bode who can not read but will memorize the words and they are good singers.
We now have covered Monday thru Wednesday . Thursday – I start preparing again for garbage day – but also recycle day – by setting everything out for pick up on Friday !
There are also days that we will journey into D.C. for special trips – taking all the grand kids – we took the two oldest – Maddy and Ella – and got off at Arlington – took in the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and then walked across the 14 th. street bridge and spent the day at all the memorials – walking the Mall and having lunch. We walked miles that day and they loved it.
So – that leaves Friday – the day the GARBAGE & RECYCLES are picked up. I count the days by that format – very seldom do I know the exact date – I can look at the top of the paper – or my phone.
But to be perfectly honest with you – being retired – it does not really matter – I also count down days by what we have scheduled coming up ! Yes -we PLAN- put it down in writing – search and research – add names of visitors to come – the dates and what we are going to do. Some people can not do that for whatever reason – but not us – WE DO IT! Such as so goes our life – we live life to the plus one day at a time – but we know what is ahead – after all – for us – that is part of the excitement – just like little kids – “HOW MANY SLEEPS ARE LEFT PAPA ” ?
And then the early morning comes and you head out – all part of that special time – now I look back – and I wonder – JUST HOW DID I FIND TIME TO WORK ?
RETIREMENT – YOU COUNT THE DAYS BY GARBAGE – the weekends – well they are just another day -most times you just do not care !