The Amateur Expert
Sharing My Experiences, Activities, Ideas, Thoughts & Tips
Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 | 4 comments

Skating in Washington DC in May, 2014

Skating in Washington DC in May, 2014

 

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”

George Eliot.

 

What would be our life if we did not take risks? If we did not seek adventures? If despite all odds, we did not pursue something that is challenging, daring, but turns out to be one of the best moments of your life? I am talking about my recent trip to Washington DC. It was not about sightseeing even that I would have enjoyed doing the same tours I had taken when I had visited DC in 2009. It was about adventure! It was about sports! As you already know, I took on a new hobby which is also a sports – inline speed skating. I am still more of an amateur-beginner. But it does not stop me. Why should it? Where else would I learn if not ‘in the field’?

So, I went ahead and decided to join the event hosted by Washington Area Roadskaters (WAR), an Inline Skating Club. This is a non-profit social organization of intermediate and professional skaters that promotes safe and enjoyable inline skating since 1987. Its members skate the streets of DC during weekdays or weekends in an organized group, following safety precautions, traffic rules and choosing safe routes. Some of their skates are for advanced skaters only, and they mention difficulty level of each particular venue. You can check updates on the upcoming and past events on their Facebook Fan page https://www.facebook.com/groups/WashingtonAreaRoadskaters/, or on their website http://www.skatedc.org/, or on a meetup website: http://www.meetup.com/Washington-Area-Roadskaters/. Once a year they host a three-day event when skaters from other states can join them to explore various routes of DC from famous landmarks like monuments and historic buildings to park trails.

This year the “Skate DC Weekend 2014″ fell on May 2nd to 4th. There were over 100 participants this time with many of them coming from other states! Some bicycle riders also joined the group. Every day the skate started from the White House, and lasted at least 12 miles. Saturday morning skate lasted about 19 miles, and was the most challenging for me not due to distance but due to a few downhills. I had a lot of support and help from more experienced skaters. It was my second attendance of the event of this type. First was Miami Great EsSkate back in February 2014. I am proud to say I did not fall or injure myself in any way; I skated a total of 40 plus miles over the weekend! The total for the whole week for me was 70 plus miles – my personal record so far! I am excited to continue my adventures in inline skating.

I hope information about skating events will be useful for adventurous minds looking for something different or something new. And now – some photos from my recent adventurous trip to a beautiful city of Washington DC!

Each skate started from the White House! Here is the group photo from day one:

DSCN3274_Group_Photo_Friday

I am very excited before my first skate:

IMG_1829

I make some new friends, and it is twice as pleasant as we are originally from the same country – Ukraine!

DSCN3288

We all start rolling out on our first night skate:

DSCN3296

We are skating with the traffic, on a bicycle lane while the city is diving into dusk.

DSCN3301

While waiting for the traffic lights to change, we enjoy the silhouettes of the city landmarks blackened against sunset skies…

DSCN3354

 

DSCN3371

We dance at the Lincoln Memorial surrounded by other tourists and locals who are also enjoying warm May nights of Washington DC:

DSCN3459

After a short break, we continue our night mission – conquering Washington streets on skate:

DSCN3474

 

IMG_9596

 

IMG_9589

This skate is a lot of fun as it is not very difficult, and everyone seems to take it easy. We end up at a nice restaurant ‘Teaism’, that offers 10% discount for our skating group. Its menu features a variety of loose leaf teas, including organic, and healthy meal options, that makes me incredibly happy!

IMG_9625

 

IMG_9645

A new skating day starts at the White House again, and we greet each other checking who made it to another day.

DSCN3497

This will be a lengthy skate, and everyone is looking forward to it!

859927_858511407499449_7442633607983404063_o

We take a subway to the other side of the city so that we would start skating from there towards the city. The subway employee did not let us in in socks (leave alone skates!), and we had to get some shoes.

DSCN3526

Once out of the subway, we start on a trail, which is really nice and long.

DSCN3566

Spring in Washington is one of the sights in itself: trees are in bloom, and the scent is intoxicating!

DSCN3543

We are going up and down some hills:

IMG_1879

After a series of hills we need some rest:

IMG_9668

We continue on an uneven terrain, which is a bit challenging for me:

DSCN3602

We see the sights at daylight, and the day is just sunny and beautiful! Compared to Florida sun, the DC sun is a pure joy! It shines, not burns!

904787_858215514195705_8038654578227521574_o

 

 

10256714_10203522276640589_7006519074515018402_o

We skate along office buildings, and passers by either wave at us or take pictures of our motley crowd.

DSCN3523

On our morning skate on a second day we covered 19 miles!

10344216_10203522280640689_2564087888932416255_o

Now we deserve a good rest and a nice meal at Tonic Restaurant at Quigley’s Pharmacy:

IMG_9694

 

IMG_9690

 

IMG_9687

 

DSCN3613

Some of the skaters are going on another skate (hardcore!) with steep hills for which I am not ready yet. But I am definitely ready for a good rest to be able to enjoy the third day!

The third day starts at… the White House! We are taken on another skating trip with beautiful vistas and challenging turns.

DSCN3756

 

DSCN3743c

We are touring Washington DC happily, trying to get the best of two: exercising and sightseeing!

DSCN3708

Each of us has various fitness goals, different skating levels and different styles of skating. Some are practicing tricks, others are here for speed, some (like me) – just starting out by conquering their fears.

IMG_1934

 

IMG_9763

At the end of the weekend I sum it up: I skated a total of 70 plus miles per week!! I feel pleasantly tired and inspired after seeing so many various skaters!

IMG_9727

I have been asked a few times by other skaters what protection I use for my knees and elbows. I am glad to share it with you, too! It is called G-form, and you can check it here:

G-Form Elbow Pad XS-Black/Black

They come in different sizes, and are more comfortable than regular knee/elbow pads.

Another thing that should save your feet from blisters when you skate a lot – ankle booties Ezeefit! I have them in black, but they are also available in tan:

Ankle Bootie Tan (Ultra-Thin, XX-Small)

I would like to leave DC on a ‘tasty note’ so I must find the best sushi place recommended by a local. It turns out to be in Chinatown.

IMG_9872

 

IMG_9880

Getting a freeze dried ice-cream (made for astronauts) from a Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is a must!

IMG_9804

Washington DC was very friendly to me! Safe skating, nice people and delicious meals… I catch a last glimpse of majestic buildings of Washington streets, and take great memories of an active and adventurous weekend.

IMG_9700

 

Here are my recommended places for foodies:

McCormick & Schmick’s. 1652 K St NW, Washington DC 20006. A 10-minute walk from The White House. Indoor/outdoor sitting. Lobster mashed potatoes & seared ahi tuna are delicious! Moderately priced.

IMG_9578

 

Wok And Roll – Japanese & Chinese cuisine. 604 H St. NW, Washington DC 20001. Located in Chinatown. Moderately priced. Indoor/outdoor sitting. Sushi are delicious!

Elephant & Castle. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. Moderately priced. Indoor/outdoor sitting. A 12-minute walk from the White House (or even less from any hotels in this area). Irish pub with Karaoke. Open until 11pm. Perfect for those moments when you are hungry and everything is closed in this area of Washington, DC. Their salmon burger just melted in my mouth.

-Teaism (several locations). A tea house with delicious oriental-flavored meals. Moderately priced. Indoor/outdoor sitting.

Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley’s Pharmacy. 2036 G. St., NW Washington, DC 20036. Contemporary American Cuisine with a Southern twist. Fresh versatile meals & craft beers. Moderately priced. Indoor/outdoor sitting.

Now with full belly and aching muscles, I can finally finish this post.:-)

DSCN3585

How’s your summer going on? Are you doing any sports this summer?

Yours,

The Amateur Expert.

 

Share and Enjoy

Author: Elena White

4 Comments

  1. Awesome coverage of the event. Thank you

  2. Super! Looks like a great trip!

  3. Good stuff! And ever though I only came out for FNS, I made it into your post :D

    I’m glad you had fun in my city!

    Sincerely, Nini (the asian girl that took the group photo for day 1) :)

Leave a Reply to Gustavo Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge

Copyright ® 2014  www.theamateurexpert.com  All Rights Reserved.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Affiliate Disclosure