I went to see a Caps game Jan. 1, 2007. It was an ok experience. I found some true Caps fans sitting in the nose bleed sections and it was fun to sit amongst them. The arena was half empty, the hockey was mediocre and the intermission entertainment was boring. I've been to other NHL games in Toronto, Buffalo and Pittsburgh and unfortunately Washington was the worst of the bunch. Hey people in D.C. support your NHL team and maybe the hockey experience there will be better!!
After an absence of 35 years, Major League Baseball has returned to Washington D.C.! Unfortunately, we had to steal a team from Montreal to get one, but, after long last, the Nationals are now playing at RFK Stadium. And they actually played well during their first season, challenging for the division title and wild card until the final month of the season despite a patched together roster of low-salaried players. Sadly, 2006 has been a different story so far, as the team is one of the worst in all of baseball despite promising rookie Ryan Zimmerman (it'sd worth buying a ticket just to see him play).
Despite their woes, it's definitely worth seeing the Nationals play -- it's easy to get good tickets now, but it won't be when the new stadium is built (planned opening: 2008).
The Robert F. Kennedy Stadium served as the homefield to the Washington Redskins from 1961-1996 and the Washington Senators baseball team through to 1971 (when they moved and changed their name). For 9 years, RFK was largely put out to grass except for the occasional local soccer game, concert, or political rallye (a few years back, the "free Tibet" crowd had a rallye there). RFK is coming out of retirement, at least for the short term, to be homefield to the new Washington Nationals major league baseball team.
RFK Stadium used to be the main stadium where the Washington Redskins played, but they have now moved to Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD. RFK statium is now home to the Washinton Nationals (Baseball), and the DC United (Soccer).
I didn't see as many Forrest Gumps opss.. jogging people as in many other US cities, at least in Washington's downtown. But no worries, you will not be alone even in downtown. From the National Mall run westwards to the Lincoln Memorial (well, on the way be respectful to the war memorials and don't run there) and continue futher southwards to the West Potomac Park along the Potomac River (Ohio Dr).
Equipment: Running shoes, shorts and T-shirt (add walkman, discman or mp3-player).
Granted, it isn't the Premier League, or even Serie B, but the United States is serious about it's soccer. With success on the international stage at stake the MLS enters its 10th season in 2005 with DC United, the premier franchise in the fledgling league, with 4 titles and significant international success in its early years.
Attendance is decent, averaging 15-20 thousand spectators a game in the hallowed (er, old and falling apart) RFK stadium. Tickets are relatively cheap for an American sporting event, with great spectators that range from the European to the South American in flair and feeling.
You could also go see a baseball game here, but please don't, it's very boring.
The Marine Corps Marathon is held each year at the end of October in Washington DC and northern Virginia. The Start is at Arlington National Cemetery, then continues through Roslyn, Georgetown, Rock Creek Park, a loop around the entire mall area, East Potomac Park, Crystal City, the Pentagon, through Arlington National Cemetery and ending at the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial. On Marathon day, there is also an 8k and a kids race.
There is plenty of pickup Ultimate Frisbee in the DC area. They play in the Ellipse in front of the White House, at the Polo Fields, below the Monument, at 23rd & Constitution and various other places throughout the Mall. Check out the DC Pickup Yahoo group for more details.
There is also pickup in the suburbs. Fields are little hard to get to without a car, but I have been able to swing rides a few times. Check out the Bethesda-Ultimate Yahoo group for more details.
Pickup games are fairly low key, but depending on the date and location, there may be a few touring players around.
Beginning with the 2005 season, Washington has a baseball team again, and the fans are rampant! The Nats have surpassed everyone's greatest dreams and made a really decent running for the Naitonal League's playoffs. Anyone who ever saw an Expos game will never believe this is the same team.
Seats are very good in RFK Stadium. Just go to the stadium and get tickets from someone trying to unload theirs. If you come close enough to game time, you can often get more expensive seats for a discount. Either way, you can pick up cheap seats for $15.
Equipment: Washington is hot and humid in the summer! If you are going to a game in the afternoon, make sure to dress appropriately. Wear a hat.
Also, unless you plan on tailgating the game, there's no reason to drive. Take the Metro. It's faster both in and out of the game.
Old Rag Mountain (3291ft) is the most popular hike near Washington, DC. It is about a 2 hour drive West of Washington, and on weekends it can be very crowded. It is a classic hike that I do several times a year: new years day, spring, fall and any other excuse I can think of.
I generally like to avoid the crowds by leaving the Washington area at 6am and getting on the trail by 8am. One advantage is that you can park in the upper parking lot at the trail head, and not the lower overflow parking that adds about 1 mile to the hike. On January 1, I did the climb and was back in my bed snoozing by 1pm. I met some folks coming down who had spent the night on top, and I may try it next January 1 if the weather permits.
Apres climb, have dinner at the best restaurant in Washington, Little Washington, VA that is. It is within a few miles of Old Rag. Dinner cost is $118 fixed price plus wine, tax and tip; but you deserve it after conquering Old Rag!
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here is my VT review
Equipment: Some folks climb it in sneakers, T shirts and shorts. Others prefer more sturdy gear. Bring a snack and some water for the summit or long the trail.
I recommend going up the spectacular ridge trail and coming down the easier fire road trail, forming a loop. It is about 8 miles RT and can take you 3-5 hours depending on your condition.
From the I-95 corridor, follow I-66 west and exit westbound onto US 29 at Gainesville. Leave US 29 at Warrenton by exiting onto US 211. At Sperryville turn south onto US 522 and shortly turn right on Virginia 231 toward Madison. A little over 8 miles from Sperryville, watch for the signed turn to Old Rag at Route 602. The road becomes Route 707 at an intersection (stay left on the south side of the river). At the next fork bear left again, now on Route 600. Follow this road to its end at the parking area.
From I-81, take the US 211 exit east at New Market and proceed to Sperryville
2005 is the Washington Nationals inaugural season as the team has recently moved from Motreal, Quebec, Canada. the tickets to the events are fairly cheap compared to other stadiums in the country, and because it is an old football stadium, there is really no bad seat, all have great views. I recently caught a weekend series of the home team playing against my favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, and I had a blast!
Equipment: Bring a glove. you never know when that foul ball will come your way!
Let me tell you how much this bothered me, to think that people really eat the fish that come out of this river. This river does not look very clean, while on our brunch cruise up & down the Potomac we saw so much crap floating down river you wouldn't even think of fishing out of this river. I don't know maybe I'm over reacting.
You can cover a lot of miles up the river. It seemed like the best way to travel. This sport takes a lot of upper body strength.
Equipment: www.boatwashington.org check this out even if you think you know everything. You never know. It's a nice page in memory of Jim Robinson and Braden Lindholt. It is very informative.
Half boating, half Biking, this is the hard way to get somewhere. See me standing there? I am moving faster then they are. But, some people love this exercise. Go figure.
Equipment: Cash to rent boat.
Sence of humor.
I saw dozens of runners in this town. You can't pick a better place to run. Watch your step running along the Potomac here. Some of the sidewalk is slanted, or covered in mud along the river.
You can run for miles in one of the most scenic, historical places in America.
Equipment: Good shoes, money for a bottle of water, and a friend. A map might help too.
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