Taking a Break from the City

Taking a Break from the City

This weekend I got to go to an apple orchard about an hour outside of D.C.! It's called Stribling Orchard and it is in Markham, Virgina. Luckily, my brother, his wife, and my nephew live here in D.C. and have a car to get us out of the city for a while. I know not many interns bring their cars to TWC, but I would recommend either finding a friend who does or renting a zipcar at least once during your time here. There are so many beautiful places just out of the metro's reach, and it is so nice to get out of the city for a few hours. Not to mention Virgina is absolutely gorgeous in the fall just before it gets really cold.


Apple tree


As you can see, the orchard itself was beautiful. We had a picnic overlooking the trees and then used this crazy looking pole (you can see it in the picture) to get the apples from the higher parts of the trees. It took us a little while to get the hang of it, but we are pretty proud of the apples we managed to get. There were a handful of different types of apples to pick, cold or hot apple cider, and some pumpkins. It was definitely worth the hour drive. I just wish they hadn't been out of apple or pumpkin pies!



Successful apple picking!



There are plenty of other parks and places to enjoy D.C. in the fall, even if you can't get out of the city. There's the park on the National Mall and a few parks in Georgetown. There is also plenty of space to have a picnic or read a book just outside of the Capitol, which is a pretty cool view and just a couple blocks from the RAF.



The other thing I wanted to mention, that I didn't get a chance to cover in one of my last posts, was the National Archives. The Archives is where you can view the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. They are also responsible for housing any important documents used within the government. Everyone should take the tour once, though once is probably enough.


What I love about the Archives is that the board provides seminars and activities for the public every month. The Washington Center really encourages its interns to attend as many seminars and outside activities as we can. The Archive's events are free, and usually not too crowded. I recently went to an event called "A Time for Justice", which featured an Oscar winning movie on the Civil Rights movement and a panel of speakers. The panel included a Pulitzer Prize winning author, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a past chairman of the NAACP. It was an awesome event that was just about an hour long after work on a weekday. There are plenty of other events that include former members of Congress, and other prominent people in D.C. It is definitely worth looking into.


The Archives!


If you need a snack before an event, Red Velvet Cupcakery is just one block down the street, and it's delicious!

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