Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jun 19 2004 - Washington, DC City Walk and Dinner (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Casey Starshine, Colin Babb, Gwen Savage, Vincent Tsao, Ian Preuss, Katry Harris, Colette Went, Steven Ruzicka, Jeff La Noue, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Brett Twiggs, Michel Labanca, Catherine Luke, Brett Beitzel, Jennifer Whitener, Martin J. San Juan, Fred Wang

Write Up:
With 20 participants, the MOC took on Northwest DC in full force. It was certainly an urban adventure--full of inspiring architecture, international themes, and excellent food and drink.

We started in front of Armand's in Tenleytown and took the short walk to the National Cathedral. After going to the top floor to take in the view and study the history of the cathedral, we started the tour with our docent, Collette. She led at a very efficient pace and highlighted many fascinating aspects of the cathedral. We saw the exact spot where Ronald Reagan's casket was (the ceremony was just a week before), a cross made from ruins of the Pentagon on 9/11, and the location of Helen Keller's burial site. Collette also engaged us on a personal level and gave us some good advice for the future.

After the cathedral, we took the walk down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue. It seemed like we saw a country represented from every part of the world. The architecture and historic statues were enjoyable to observe.

The leader would like to apologize for the little bit of confusion regarding dinner. We arrived at Dupont Circle before the Brickskeller was open, and it would've been better if alternative suggestions were given beforehand. We split up and went to places around Connecticut Avenue. Keeping with the international theme, some of us ate Mexican, others ate Malaysian (thanks to a super place Vincent picked out!), and some of us stayed with the familiar American cuisine of California Pizza Kitchen.

The event was concluded with beverages and social interaction at the Brickskeller. The 'catalog' of beers offered was a bit overwhelming for some of us, but everyone seemed to enjoy their drinks. I would personally like to recommend Romania's Madonna Wheat Beer.

Thanks to everyone for coming out, and I hope you had a great time.

--Jeff Schneider

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