Our Neighborhood: Navy Yard

The shootings a couple weeks back at the Washington Navy Yard hit a little too close to home, literally. The shooting was at the Navy Yard base, which is a contained area in our neighborhood, a few blocks from our apartment.

Just the weekend before the shooting Amanda and I went around taking photos for her blog and some photos of the neighborhood.  The week after the shooting the Navy Band played in the park. Kyle and I went to watch and took some more photos of the park at dusk.

One of the largest parts of the neighborhood is the Department of Transportation. Along the walkways surrounding the buildings are little transportation features, my favorite is the waterfalls and little boats, but there are also old bicycles you can “ride” and various places for photo-ops.

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A main feature of the neighborhood is Yards Park, a new park along the river with great water features and a bridge that can’t help but be the centerpiece. The park is usually full of families and picnics, and on weekends there is often a band playing or an event.

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All summer on this “boardwalk” space they had free yoga in the evenings twice a week. Imagine this space filled with about 50 yogis: DSC_0250

Rumor is, this will have some ice cream, pizza, and kayak rentals in by next summer:  DSC_0252DSC_0300DSC_0301DSC_0303
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There is a trapeze school in our neighborhood as well. If you look closely in this photo you can see two people going in for a catch as they swing through the air.  Notice all of the construction going on – a lot of new buildings coming soon!

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I love all of the old Navy buildings, they’re updating them and putting in restaurants and retail. It’s still pretty “up and coming” – hopefully we can stick around to enjoy all of the neighborhood changes across the next few years.

Oh, and I almost forgot – the main feature of the ‘hood – the National’s Stadium! It’s hard to say no to a game when     it’s literally a few blocks from my home. The day I took these photos, Amanda and I just happened upon tickets last minute and luckily they were right by my favorite player.

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Lake Weekend

For Labor Day weekend Kyle and I went out into Virginia to Lake Anna with a group from DC. We stayed in the National Park at their cabins and just relaxed all weekend by the lake. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather (or better food). We even took a trip to a local winery (Lake Anna Winery) for a tasting.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

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Relaxing on the porch in the morning watching Kyle run around taking nature photos:

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Getting in touch with nature by showing this rock who’s boss (by climbing it)

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Found the lake! Straight down this path …
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Wine-making grapes:
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There were others with us on the trip, I don’t know why this is the only photo that offers proof we weren’t alone:
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