2013—-GOAL IS 500 MILES THIS YEAR!!!
Winter Weight!!! and cold!! has kept me off the trail, plus injuries….and too much chocolate cake! How can any human gain weight so fast? No more Red Robin Mud pie for me!
Sugar loaf mountain, maryland. St. Patrick’s Day!!!!! 6 miles…….it got me back on the trail, even though this winter I felt like I was freezing to death!!!! 441 miles to go!!
February-447 miles to go!
-Camp Meadows, Syria, VA 2 miles—-two miles of straight up, freezing cold, numb feet, swollen knee, freezing fingers, 38 degree incline, wondering why oh why oh why!!!?? Can’t wait for spring! didn’t make it all the way up, half way was good.
January-449 miles to go!
-Ocala National Forest=51.2 miles AWESOME!!!!!
When I started hiking about two years ago, I figured it would only take a few months, to where I could “Climb the tallest mountain”! …meaning one of those in the Shenandoah National Park, the most beautiful area of Virginia. Two years later, I’m still wondering when that will be an easy trip!
From heat exhaustion to almost frost bite, poison ivy on a continuous basis, bug bites that I’m always allergic too, twisted ankles, smashed up knees, a cracked rib, contusion on my spleen, small crack on my nose, sore feet, sore legs, sore butt, really sore back, etc. that all leads to lots of lots of lots of lots of fun!! The overall result is I’m a better person…..and a better Realtor!
…….So here is a small part of my Real Estate blog that is about Hiking…..pictures from the last two years, but mostly my progress from December 2012 and forward.
I’ll share some of the hikes I’ve hiked, people who hike, those who inspire me to hike, and of course, great places to hike in the local DC area.
So come along for the ride…I’ll show you where I came from struggling at 3 miles flat to leading a 9 mile round trip up to Mary’s Rock and back (elevation at 700 to start, climb to 3600 feet!)…and share where I’m going from here! 2013 GOAL IS 500 MILES! THAT’S 10 MILES PER WEEK!
See you on the Trail,
You will need help in finding a place to eat in DC…I mean, we don’t have any decent resturants in the area (smile!)…actually, we have tons!!
Once again…the term DC refers to the DC Metro Region.
For those of us DC Urban Junkies, we want nothing more than sidewalks to a neighborhood restaurant, a grocery store no more than 3 blocks away, work commute by one means of transportation only (subway or bus), and a Starbucks no more than a quarter-mile from each of these locations. It would be nice to have this in a “safe” part of town, with Georgetown, The Kennedy Center, all the museums, hip bars, and local bike trails close by. Add in ethnic restaurants from all over the world, lots and lots of politicians, more different languages spoken in a school classroom than a UN convention, and all the drama of the greatest Nation’s Capital in the world….and you might have the perfect place to live!!! Washington, D.C.!!??? Right???
Answer= Yes and No
Think of the ripple action of throwing a stone in water. The stone represents downtown DC, and the resulting rings represent the surrounding communities. The closer to the stone you are, the closer to the Urban Junkies housing dream, but at a substantially higher price. Even when the Government attempts to decentralize from DC, and move locations away from the city, city dwellers do not sell and move to the burbs. Bottom line, downtown places that fit the stated criteria are rare and expensive. So where does an Urban Junkie buy?
Drop the “Urban” and look for “X-Urban”….close-in DC Communities that give you easy access to downtown, plus the ability to walk to get your hair done, restaurants and night-time venues, morning coffee, Church, grocery stores, and even your Doctor. Prices may not be that much cheaper than a somewhat comparable property downtown, but transportation choices, and safety concerns of inner city subdivisions, lead to a great demand for urban type dwellings outside of the city.
Where did this new, increased demand come from? The computer careers associated with the Government Contracting business and DotCom growth, starting in the late 80’s, produced a number of young, single professionals that moved to the area. They were making money, wanted to have fun, and after the first few years of paying a lot in taxes, decided they needed a write off. They didn’t want to settle down, and didn’t want the responsibility of maintaining a yard, or worrying about a roof, so houses and townhouses were out.
Result? The Condos in Arlington along the Orange Metro Line corridor. The perfect fit to the definition of “X-Urban Living”.
Next Blog, “Do you want to buy a Home or an Investment?” How the sky rocketing prices of the early part of this decade changed our criteria for purchasing a home.