Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Weekend Report: Camping and Hurricane Sandy

First things first: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I started mine with a handful of candy corn and I hope you did the same. 

The weekend feels like a loooong time ago because, well, it was. But thanks to Sandy (oh Sandy), today is a work Wednesday that feels like a Monday, so I have a semi-delayed Weekend(/Hurricane) Report to post!

Way back on Friday night, after working late (what the WHAT? I know, that never happens to me!), my co-worker/officemate/climbing friend, her husband, and I drove out to Shenandoah. We had originally planned to go backpacking in West Virginia last weekend, but after hearing predictions of storm and rain and wind and snow (all of which came true), we canceled (major bummer). We settled for one night of car camping over no camping, which wasn’t quite the same as backpacking through the wilderness, but still fun!

We sat around a campfire (go Mike and his ax!), slept in a tent, and went for a glorious tail-end-of-fall-foliage hike the next day.

It was a 7-ish mile loop called “Little Devil’s Staircase.” We ended up walking down the stairs, which is apparently (as observed from everyone else coming up the stairs), the backwards way to go. Oh well. It looked like fall and felt like Thanksgiving  I love it!

We saw some local flora (mushrooms and trees for the most part) but no major fauna (except for the deer we almost hit driving out).

By 7 pm Saturday we were back in DC and ready for the storm. Sunday, however, was quite pleasant. I went for a long run and watched the tail end of the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m not going to lie guys…I’m having thoughts of doing a marathon myself…please feel free to talk me out of this insanity…

Route details on MayMyRun.
Sunday night the oh so glorious Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made the call – no work on Monday! And then again on Monday – no work on Tuesday!  Luckily I live in a place where the power stays on, so my major hurricane accomplishments included 4 movies (Winter’s Bone, Kissing Jessica Stein, Vanity Fair, and Love Actually), a run and a hill workout, reading on my front stoop mid-hurricane, a multi-CVS expedition to secure us some candy corn, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin pancakes, and once the Metro re-started, a trip to the rock gym. 

I hope everyone weathered the storm ok and is staying safe and dry!