Red and Orange and Yellow, oh my!

22 Oct

Good morning, good morning! Is it really Monday already?

I had such a great weekend and I really didn’t want it to be over! Stefano and I trekked out to Shenandoah Valley to be leaf-peepers and got a great hike in, as well.

The drive out was pleasant, though it took quite a bit long than we had planned. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who decided to see the leaves changing color.


We had a pretty spectacular view to greet us, though.

The trip was so, so worth it. Back in Seattle we mostly have evergreen trees, so while it’s green year-round, we don’t get the dramatic change of color the way the east coast does. It was absolutely breathtaking – so many reds and yellows and oranges!

We got a nice little hike in between the scenic drives.

Some jumping photos may have happened.

We both got some excellent air.

We eventually had to make out way back to Washington for our evening plans:

This was my surprise for Stefano! He and I didn’t get to see Train when they were performing while we were down in Virginia Beach because of a little incident, so I was excited to see that they were going to be in DC and had to snag tickets.

On our way back, we stopped by a little roadside restaurant for some grub. We saw a one-pound burger on the menu and were talking about how much food that was for one meal when the guy in front of us turned around to say that his six year-old kid had just finished it…by himself. What?! I can’t imagine that a six year-old would ever need that much food in one sitting – but his dad was reallllly tall and not a skinny dude, so I imagine he’s going to grow up to be a big guy.

I opted for the bison burger and Stef ordered their house-specialty: the pulled pork sandwich.

I don’t recall ever eating bison before and my opinion of it is pretty neutral. The meat itself was good, but because it’s so lean (it’s 97% fat-free) and they didn’t really season eat, it ended up tasting a little bland. The potato salad on the side was pretty tasty. I don’t eat pork, so I can’t attest to the pulled pork sandwich, but Stef enjoyed it.

The drive back was much faster because of fewer cars on the road, so we had enough time to grab some ice cream before the show. We stopped by Cone E Island, a George Washington University staple that has a variety of different ice creams and toppings. They also have soft-serve, which is what I ended up with.


The concert was fabulous! Train is such a good band and Pat Monahan, the lead singer, is a fabulous entertainer. He was really good at getting the audience excited and gave away a signed guitar to a little boy at the end of the concert. Also, he and his family live in Issaquah, Washington, so there’s Pacific Northwest love!

After a fabulous Saturday, Sunday was all about getting ready for the week, which means laundry and other equally exciting chores. Last night, the Sounders played FC Dallas and we watched Seattle pull out a 3-1 win! Fun fact:  George John, one of the players on FC Dallas went to our high school and Stefano played soccer with him on the school team (Stef was a freshman, George was a senior). Aaaaaaaaand that’s the closest our hometown gets to fame.

Now it’s Monday and back to the daily grind, but today is my roommate’s 25th birthday and tomorrow I turn 23! Maybe I’ll muster up the motivation to do something to celebrate 🙂

Have a wonderful start to your week, everyone!









One Response to “Red and Orange and Yellow, oh my!”


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