The arrival of weekend meant books being shelved and the commencement of fun. (Okay, that isn’t entirely accurate. Rather than putting the books away, like the uber-organizational nerd that I tend to be, I wanted to get my stuff put together before the second week of classes began. Part of this process included taking my textbooks to Kinkos to have them re-bound. Rather than the regular, tight glue binding that they came with, I wanted them cut apart and put into spiral bindings. This is so much better for filling in page after page in my workbook!) The fun part is accurate though.
Since Six Flags won out in a battle for weekend amusement a few weeks ago, this weekend went to the consultation prize- Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Island (hereafter known as TRMI). While it may have been the runner up in a fight between roller coasters and monuments, TRMI came in at the top of the list for great sight-seeing in the fall.
First on the list for Sunday was a quick jaunt up the road from the Rosslyn Metro to pho. It just isn’t weekend here without a bowl of pho and a Coke (or Vietnamese iced coffee if you are Thad.) While the meat options include tripe and tendon, I stick with the brisket and flank. Thad uncomplainingly eats anything there as long as he can smother it in Sriracha sauce first.
With our full bellies sloshing with pho broth, walking off lunch sounded like a good plan. TRMI is only about a mile from where we were at, so out we headed. Early November is a beautiful time to visit the memorial. Sunday was sunny without a cloud in the sky, so it was perfect day for our visit. The trees are currently showcasing their fall collection, making the crisscrossing paths into runways fit for New York Fashion Week.
The piles of leaves covering the pathways lent themselves well to a little “Party Rock Anthem” action, as I found myself “shufflin’, shufflin’, shufflin’” through their crispy, crunchy heaps.
While I didn’t strap myself to a piece of metal that shoots its occupants from zero to sixty in a matter of seconds like I did at the last park I visited, this park had a different set of thrills with the rainbow colored leaves slowly drifting down from the trees as we meandered our way across the island. Our visit to TRMI was a great way to welcome the crispness of fall during our year in DC!