Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Summer To Do List

A summer scene - The rolling hills of Linganore Winecellars, Mt. Airy, MD
Even though it's only April, I'm already daydreaming about summer. Maybe it's because I'm a navy brat and have mostly lived in warmer locales (e.g.: California, Hawaii, Guam, etc.), but I can't wait to spend my summer on the Hill! Last year, we spent most of our summer doing house stuff so this summer I'm looking forward to relaxing and exploring (but still managing to do house stuff in between :) Here's a list of some of the things that I want to do that are nearby or in our neighborhood.
1) Jazz in the Garden - As the title states, it involves enjoying jazz at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden in a picnic-like setting. This mainstay of the Washington, DC summer happy hour is something that I've never been able to take part of since I work all the way out in Virginia. This year, however, I am determined to get my jazz on!

2) Evening Parade at the Marine Corp. Barracks - Growing up in a military household, I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women who serve our country. I am lucky enough to live less than a mile away from the the Marine Barracks which serves the ceremonial and security missions of the Washington, DC area. Every Friday, they have a parade that highlights the Marine Corps' precision marching and starts off with a concert by the USMC band . And of course, if could catch a glimpse of Chesty (the Marines' bulldog mascot) that would be a major plus!

3) Margarita Patio Bar Crawl - On St. Patrick's Day my friends Joos and Meter, avoided the craziness of the Irish pubs and opted to visit the various Latin restaurants on the Hill to partake in margaritas on the patio. What a genius idea! Outdoor seating + margaritas! Does it get any better than that? There are plenty of places near my house to have margarita outdoors like here and here. Although we won't be around for Cinco de Mayo, hopefully a Margarita Patio Bar Crawl can be planned for the later summer months!

 4) Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool Party - Yet another summertime DC staple that I have yet to participate in. On the weekends, the pool turns into a club/party type setting with DJs, food trucks, cocktails and lots of people. I've been to pool parties in Vegas, so I wonder how this compares?

5) Truckeroo - The is a monthly meet-up of the DC area food trucks near Nationals Ballpark. Again, since I work out in the suburbs I typically don't get to partake in the food truck fun that my friends that work in DC do, but this would be the perfect opportunity to get in my food truck fix! If it's anything like, Off the Grid in San Francisco, I'm in for a treat!

Is there anything else I should add to my list? Let me know if you'd like to do any of these activities with me. I'd really love the company!

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