Monday, March 19, 2012

weekend adventures: potomac overlook regional park

potomac overlook regional park
Saturday was St. Patrick's Day. We don't do green beer or green underwear (Seriously, is there any other day of the year that's more embarrassing to be an American?), instead we get our green in nature. And since spring has sprung early around these parts (hooray!), we're trying to spend every moment that we can outside soaking up the sunshine, the breeze, the green, and the blooming flowers before the mosquitoes and humidity are here to stay.

So we crammed the fam into the Mazda and headed out for a walk at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington. The overlook unfortunately no longer exists (perhaps the park should be renamed You Can't Actually See the Potomac From Here Regional Park), but it's still a nice spot for a walk. It's a small park, but there are some neat features including a charging station for electric vehicles and a dog watering station.
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
Another weekend, another walk in the woods, another post full of photos of my dogs:
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
(Gravy multi-tasking: Touching his tongue to his nose while peeing on some underbrush. SKILLS!)
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park

potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
potomac overlook regional park
Despite the lack of green beer consumption, like true Americans, the pups were hungover the next day and slept in until 10:30 (which is four hours past their usual wake-up time of 6:30. Unfortunately, they are usually morning people). Never under-estimate the power of a good post-hike hangover!

Heavy drinkers:
potomac overlook regional park
Oddly enough, we've been heading east (towards the city) for our outdoor adventures lately. As a result, we've been able to stop for a late lunch afterwards, which always seems to bring us to our new favorite place: America Seafood. For years, I've been trying to find a fish market in Northern Virginia. I love seafood, but we don't eat it often enough because there are so few places to buy it. (I'm not touching the fish from our local grocery store.) When we decided to eat a vegetarian/pescetarian diet for Lent, I did some research and discovered that there was indeed a fish market right in Arlington. Eureka! We've been going to America Seafood every weekend for the past few weeks to pick up some fresh fish to cook for dinner. On Saturday, we were both hungry after our hike so we ordered a shrimp po'boy for a late lunch. As soon as we finished it we wanted another one. We might have to add shrimp po'boys to our weekend routine now:

Another weekend, another walk in the woods, another post full of photos of my dogs, ANOTHER SHRIMP PO' BOY DEVOURED.

P.S. Oh yeah, and we also stopped for ice cream. (Frozen custard, none of that fro yo shit.)

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I wish Miss Belle didn't so dislike other dogs because she'd love to explore that park. Maybe we can teach her some manners, so we can get out there with other dogs. :)

I need to try that frozen custard place. Looks awesome!

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Sarah - I'll take you to Frozen Dairy Bar for one of our next lunch dates! It's not far from my house - and while it's located in a sad strip mall, the frozen custard is so good!

Lauren McKenna said...

Yay you were in my neighborhood! I'm (sadly) very allergic to fish and all that good stuff, but we've walked past America Seafood before and it's such a cute little place. I love its location. (And all those other shops around it are worth exploring too, if you haven't.)

I love your photos of Potomac Overlook - it's one of our favorite parks! We have a picture underneath that solar shade too, and Mike has a very funny picture of me staring down a caterpillar on that gorgeous bush right in front of the solar shade bench.

Looks like you guys had a great time :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

A shrimp po'boy? Now that sounds yummy. I can't wait for hiking on Friday -- I NEED to get outdoors.

kb said...

thanks for the american seafood tip! just went on my weekend to do list :)

Karin said...

America Seafood is behind one of my favorite brunch places - Cassatt's. I actually haven't tried any food from the seafood place...but a shrimp po'boy sounds awesome!