Monday, May 17, 2010

We Strutted Our Mutts To The Dragon Boat Festival

It was quite a day out there this past Saturday on the streets and rivers of the greater DC area. During the course of an afternoon ride from our house down to the National Mall, Julie, Z, and I (Desi was up in Jersey looking after her dad, who just had knee replacement surgery) kept bumping into some unusual happenings.

First, it was down at Bethesda Row. Emerging from the old train tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, we hit the brakes when confronted with closed streets and dogs, dogs, dogs. We had stumbled right into the middle of "Strut Your Mutt," a dog-themed street festival. There were even dogs in the restaurant at Mamma Lucia where we stopped for a bite to eat.

Then, after a jaunt down the Capital Crescent Trail, right in the shadow of the Watergate complex, we had to jump off our bikes and walk through the throngs assembled for the DC Dragon Boat Festival. We lived in China for a year and did not witness a single dragon boat race. Who knew that we just had to pay attention to what was going on in our own backyard?

~Steve

PS: As a nice bonus, the three of us checked out the brand new Metropolitan Branch Trail,which runs north from Union Station through Northeast DC and into Silver Spring, MD.

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