Archive for January, 2010

Tour of Mt. Vernon

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Mt. Vernon
On Thursday afternoon, before our flight back to Denver, we did a tour of Mt. Vernon. The tour was not free, but it was well worth the cost of admission. In addition to the tour, there is a musuem onsite.
Clare at Mt. Vernon
George Washington’s home is totally worth seeing! His home is full of rich color, bright greens & blues with beautiful woodwork. Practically every room in the house has a fireplace, and the porch faces the Potomac River. It’s a lovely plot of land, and there are wonderful interpretive signage strewn around the property.
Mt. Vernon Signage

Blitz Tour of the Capitol

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Doug Washington MonumentMark in Front of Capitol BuildingClare In Front of Capitol Building
On Wednesday, we had a long break for lunch, so Doug, Mark, and I decided to take a tour of the Capitol area. We hopped in the rental car, with a vague idea of a plan. Mark was very familiar with the area, so I felt confident we’d have a good time. (more…)

Running – National Harbor,MD to Alexandria,VA

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Woodrow Wilson Bridge from National Harbor, MD
On Tuesday, after the conference, I met with Don W. to go for a run over to Alexandria, VA. We ran from 5:45pm to around 7:15pm, for a distance of about 8 miles.

Wonderful run, up to Woodrow Wilson Bridge, then across to Alexandria. When we got across the Potomac, we headed south on the Mt. Vernon Trail, and turned around at the rest room building. The damp & humid air made it feel even colder than reality, but once we got off the bridge, we felt much warmer…

Military Health Systems (MHS 2010) Conference

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Clare with Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Background
This year, I was selected, with 2 of my co-workers, to attend the Military Health Systems Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. It’s in a resort area south of Washington, DC. The conference would last from Monday to Thursday, and I was to be there the entirety. (more…)

Running – Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

Monday, January 18th, 2010

My Martin Luther King Jr Run

As a tribute to the struggle for human rights, I decided to go for a long run (and struggle myself!). The weather was beautiful, with a bit of snow still covering the ground. I ran for just under 7 miles, at a fairly decent pace. I came back home covered in sweat, but happy knowing I fended off a day of lethargy!

This training run also marks the start of my training to do the Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon. I have made reservations for a campsite on the North end and plan to run on May 22nd. I will need to run over 20 miles, and survive greater than 10,000 feet of elevation change in one day.