Why is it still hot out, you might ask? Well, aside from the obvious answer of climate change, we have no idea. If you feel like you shouldn’t be sweating nearly this much in the middle of October, you would be correct in thinking that. Don’t unplug your window air conditioning units just yet, this sweet, sweet summer suffering has no end in sight.
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Often times autumn is the best time to ride a bike. That cool crisp air, tolerable humidity levels, and scenic pathways all around the city. In spite of the insufferable heat, you should absolutely still be taking care of your bike in case one of these days we get a really nice fall day. Whether you’re new to riding or need a tune-up on your bike knowledge, this class (which covers fixing a flat tire, lubricating the chain, and what to bring on a ride) is an important one to ensure that you have a safe and fun riding season this fall. RSVP to reserve your spot at the 6:30 p.m. class.
Join Ranger Steve Miller on a one-mile guided walk through downtown Northwest Washington. Even if you think you know all there is to know about Washington, this tour will cover what the city looked like and operated like when President Lincoln arrived here over 150 years ago. This event is free with no ticket required. The tour will begin at the base of the Washington Monument at 11:00 a.m. and will end approximately two hours later at Ford’s Theatre.
Spend your Friday the 13th the right way, by scaling the side of one of D.C.’s creepiest buildings. This tower climb offers participants a chance to see some of the finest gargoyles and statues the National Cathedral has to offer. This event is sold out, so if you don’t already have a ticket, keep your eyes peeled for the next event like this. Friday the 13th is still a perfect day to get your spook on at the Cathedral.
After what seems like forever, the D.C. Wharf is finally reopening and we’re excited about it. Perhaps even more cool than the wharf itself are all of the reptiles that will be there for your viewing and holding pleasure through Reptiles Alive! If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Why have I never held a snake before?” this is your moment to shine. There will also be fireworks, live music, and outdoor performances.
If one guided walk this week isn’t enough for you, there’s another one happening in Georgetown on Sunday. Join a Rock Creek Park Ranger and find out just how Georgetown transformed from a port city to an upscale neighborhood in Northwest D.C. Walk the streets that celebrities, presidents, and other public figures have walked time and time again, and learn new things about this old city. Meet at the Old Stone House on M Street at 11am.
Go forth into nature!