Adventure you say?
Let me put this out there: I’m not one for adventure. Mainly because I’m a huge worry-wart. Which usually means trying new things does not always come easy for me. Actually it depends what you’re asking me to do – try a new restaurant or jump out of a plane and hope the parachute opens? (I’ll do the former, not the latter so much.)
I’m also not an outdoorsy person. I like nature and I do think we need to do our very best to preserve it (which we are not). But that doesn’t mean I enjoy sleeping in it. I’ll take the hotel room over a camp site.
So when Matt asked me last Saturday if we could bike all the way to the National Zoo in DC I hesitated. On the one hand I didn’t want to bike in DC traffic (they drive like crazy people), but on the other hand I didn’t want to be a little sissy yet again. I mulled it over in my over-anxious brain for a minute and then said,
We hopped on our bikes and headed to metro (we were not going to bike from our place – that’s a little too far). After a few stops and once we made our way into Arlington, we got off metro and headed straight to DC and made our way through Rock Creek Park. Out we popped right into the National Zoo. Once inside, we managed to park our bikes and walked around for a good 1-2 hours.
Sadly, we did not see the pandas (there’s a new baby panda!). But we did get to see the gorillas, orangutans, reptiles, and a cheetah. It was a little sad, though, seeing them caged up like that.
Afterwards we hopped back onto our bikes and made our way to one of the stations in DC to head back into Arlington where we had a bite to eat. Then we finally headed home around 7:30pm. We biked a total of about 13 miles and didn’t get back home until after the sun had set.
I feel more confident biking in traffic now, although I won’t do it that often. But it gave me a chance to get out of my comfort zone.
The following day brought the start of a cold. I was hoping it was just allergies from being outside and biking. But oh no, it’s a full on cold. I guess I won’t be biking anywhere for a few days now. Just when I was getting the hang of it all…