After working 12 days in a row for my job’s big conference, this past weekend couldn’t have been more welcome!
Sunday was a perfect day. It started out with a quick but intense run on the National Mall, then a pleasant bike ride to Eastern Market for brunch with friends. We had a delicious outdoor brunch at Acqua AL2 DC, an Italian restaurant right in the heart of Eastern Market . We enjoyed the sun coming out while we were on the patio, although I’m slightly pink today as a result!
On my bike ride home I decided to check out the new Yards Park which is between 2nd and 4th streets SE, south of N street, near the Nationals Stadium. Having lived in Southwest for over 8 years it has been very exciting to see the increased investment in the area and the revitalization of the waterfront areas in Southwest and near Southeast.
Here are a few pictures from my ride through the Yards Park:
I loved these wavy benches on the boardwalk, and there are also Adirondack-ish wooden lounge chairs in the terraced gardens that would be good for relaxing.
The Yards Park also features a visually cool yet somewhat random bridge over a fake canal that was created for the purpose of putting a bridge over it.
Ok, actually a little internet research just informed me that the “canal basin” is a reference to a historic canal that once ran from the Anacostia River to the U.S. Capitol Building (I had no idea!). Here’s another neat view of the bridge:
After riding all over the Yards Park (there are also two pavilion areas, one with seating, that I didn’t get pictures of), I rode a few blocks over to the Nationals Stadium to check out the new water taxi stands. The Nationals were out of town so it was quiet, but I think it’s pretty cool that people can take water taxis to games!
Not as cool is all the trash in the Anacostia. Hopefully we will see this river significantly cleaned up in my lifetime. In the above picture you can also see the Yards Park bridge and boardwalk in the background.
After I got home I started making real progress on the the Perfect Work Dress! Here’s a picture tease. I will hopefully be checking the fit on the bodice tonight. More progress and details should be forthcoming this week!
To top the day off we had a wonderful dinner with friends and delicious beer at Biergarten Haus on H Street. Sitting in the outdoor beer garden was a great way to finish off a most excellent weekend! Hope you had a great one too!