Sunday, June 11, 2006

Lessons in Leisure -- Part II

My idea of the perfect Sunday morning is to eat scones by the river and then go for a bike ride with someone I adore. Today seemed to be the right time to continue the spontaneous wandering inspired by my afternoon with Reya yesterday. So we got up, stretched a little, and then threw our bikes on the back of the car and headed for West Potomac Park via Starbucks and the Alexandria Pastry Shoppe.

There is nothing more decadent than a ham and cheese scone followed by a blueberry scone for dessert. As we sat by the river savoring every bite, the wind was strong enough to insist on long sleeves but the sun was bright and the sky so blue.

The really amazing thing is that as we rode all the way around Hains Point, we saw things for the first time. I never knew there was a memorial to George Mason! I never knew just how many people actually fish in the Potomac River. Do they eat those fish???

We saw ducks and geese that were completely comfortable with humanity on foot and on bikes.

We saw a beautiful building across the water that we couldn’t identify. A passing jogger said it was part of Fort McNair. I envied the people on the sailboat just offshore.

On the trip back we rode into the wind and had to pedal hard even though the ground is flat. What a good feeling to feel your legs burning off those 1500 calories of scones!

A kiss at the end of the trip was our promise to do this again soon. Days like this are few and far between and just beg to be enjoyed with someone you love!


Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Great pics! Thank you.

Biking is the best way to see all kinds of things you'd never notice otherwise. That's how I found the gold Diana statue in the square next to the Building Museum. Who would have known that in this city full of statues portraying military guys on horses, you can suddenly come across a goddess!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

We had that same fierce wind on Sat. which prompted my poem/blog on Sun.!
It's so nice to have beauty weekends evolve!

8:54 PM  

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