Fall in Love with Autumn in Washington, DC

As Bob Dylan once sang, The Leaves They Are a Changin’.  OK, so that’s not right.  Bob D. didn’t really sing that, but fall is in the air, and the leaves really are changing.  Take advantage now, before the trees all shed their leaves for winter.  Here are just a few ideas to enjoy fall’s splendor in and around the Washington, DC area.

I’m sure nobody has forgotten about Skyline Drive, but remember to leave early.  Traffic is sure to be jam-packed this weekend.   For those of you who would rather avoid the schlep and the traffic, here are a few ideas closer to home.

Take a walk, run or bike ride in Rock Creek Park.  See the animals at the National Zoo and visit the bears and other animals before they hibernate for winter.  Check out the grounds and the National Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum (read these wonderful reviews from Trip Advisor – http://bit.ly/12ikfON).  It’s surely one of Washington’s best kept secrets.

U.S. National Arboretum

If sports is more your style, fall is the time when basketball and hockey season begin.  Both the Washington Capitals, and their star, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Wizards with John Wall, play at the Verizon Center in downtown, DC.  While the NFL season is half over, there is still plenty of time to go see the Washington Redskins, or venture 40 miles to the north to go see the neighboring Baltimore Ravens.

For those of you who prefer amateur sports, you won’t find a more awe-inspiring event than watching over 30,000 runners compete in the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon.   This year’s event is this Sunday, October 26th.  Be sure to take metro, as driving through the district and parts of Northern Virginia may prove very difficult this Sunday.

When looking to entertain the kids, what better place than the Boo at the Zoo.  Find details and tickets – http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/Boo/.

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More kid-friendly ideas include pumpkin patcheshttp://dc.about.com/od/childrensactivities/a/pumpkinpatches.htm and corn mazeshttp://dc.about.com/od/hoildaysseasonalevents/a/CornMazes.htm.

As November turns a bit colder, you might search for the indoors and great photography at DC Photo Week http://www.fotodc.org/ .  This year’s event is being held November 8th-16th.

Last but not least, no list of fall activities would be complete without mentioning Halloween.  As always, there are a cornucopia of events.  If you need a few ideas to help get you going, you can find them here – http://dc.about.com/od/fallfestivalsandevents/a/HalloweenAdults.htm.

So get out and enjoy.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful fall!

Fun Fall Ideas for Washington, DC

Autumn is a wonderful time to live in or visit the Washington, DC region. With the hot days of summer behind us, here are a few ways to enjoy the Fall:

> Football season has already begun. Check out the Washington Redskins schedule http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/schedule.html and enjoy the games with some friends. They play division rivals Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 6th. It will be played in Dallas, but you can always watch it on your favorite big screen.

> Kids Euro Festival presented by the 27 European Union Member States at the House of Sweden. http://www.kidseurofestival.org/index.php

> Wine and Beer Festivals – Adult-like fun can be had at one of the select wine festivals featuring Virginia wines. http://www.virginia.org/winefestivals. If beer is more your preference, you may enjoy celebrating at a local Oktoberfest. The Washington Post recently posted their “Top 5” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/best-oktoberfest-celebrations,91079.html

> The 2013-2014 performing arts season has begun! If you have something more cultural in mind, you should check out http://www.culturecapital.com/

> Taste of DC http://thetasteofdc.org/ Sample favorite DC restaurants and join 40,000 “friends” for food and fun over the Columbus Day weekend.

These are just a few fun ideas to do in DC this fall. Whether you plan fall hikes in Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, C&O Canal, take long scenic drives along Shenandoah National Park, or enjoy one of the many sporting events or concerts, I wish you all a happy, safe and fun fall season!

Fly…Like A Raven!

Last week was a unique week for me.  I was interviewed for a TV news story and also for a newspaper article.  So, how did I get to be so special – at least for one week?  I didn’t win the lottery or do anything heroic.  All I did, was start a Baltimore Ravens meet-up group for the Washington, DC metro area (predominantly Northern Virginia).  In only two years our group has grown to over 250 members.  That, by itself, would certainly not have gotten me profiled in the news.  However, last week was Super Bowl week, with the Big Game being played on Sunday.  As organizer of the group, I was called upon to represent Baltimore Ravens fans (in a Washington Redskins town).

As most everyone knows by now, The Baltimore Ravens are the new Super Bowl Champs.   The days leading up to the Super Bowl, my eyes were glued on the NFL Network and ESPN.  I watched commentator after commentator predict a 49’ers victory, with very few exceptions.  The Ravens were clearly underdogs, yet despite the majority of pundits predicting their demise, they came out victorious.

So why am I writing a blog about football?  The first reason would be because I am a Ravens fan.  I have had season tickets, and have been regularly going to their home games since 1999.  But why, dear reader, should you care, especially if you are not a Ravens fan?  From a business and life perspective, it makes me think that no matter how many times in life we may be doubted, through hard work and perseverance, victory or success is most certainly within our reach.

Which brings me to my new favorite quote.  It summarizes the most basic key to success, and can be applied to almost anything in life.   Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality – Abraham Lincoln

Steve, aka The Guy from 4Staff.

P.S.  Last year, I wrote a blog called “Meet-up, Greet-up, Get up and Go” https://theguyfrom4staff.wordpress.com/2012/08/ .   If you are looking for something to do, or to meet people to do activities with, you should look into meetup.com.  You can also find my Ravens group there http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Ravens-Fan-Group-Virginia-DC-Metro-Chapter/.  If you live in the Northern Virginia, DC area and happen to root for the Ravens, come join our flock.