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Man’s Best Friend

January 2, 2011

Hi friends! Where did the warm weather go? It was gorgeous this morning as I headed out the door for church but quickly turned rainy and chilly by lunchtime. So sad to get a taste of spring that goes so quickly.

Remember a few days ago when I went hiking and forgot my camera cord? I’m slowly getting organized — all of the Christmas decorations are finally packed away — and uploaded the pictures.

It’s funny that as a child, hiking was never one of my favorite activities. I’d have been much happier curled up inside with a book. These days, I love getting outdoors and making my workout feel like fun. My dad, Lexi and I headed to Sugarloaf Mountain on a cloudy but relatively warm afternoon.

Before hitting the trail, we stopped for lunch at Caspian House of Kabob, one of my favorite local Middle Eastern restaurants. Like all good restaurants, Caspian serves warm pita and creamy tzatziki to start.

Rather than ordering an entree, I opted for two appetizers: shirazi salad (diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and parsley tossed with fresh lime dressing) and Kashk-e-Bademjan (fried eggplant, pureed and mixed with sauteed onions, perisian tahini (kashk), and garlic).

If you’re ever in the Gaithersburg/Kentlands area and have a hankering for authentic Middle Eastern food, definitely check out Caspian House of Kabob. I only say ‘authentic’ because every time I’ve ever been there, most of the tables have been filled with people speaking Farsi and that is the sign of a good Middle Eastern restaurant!

Once we ate, it was time to get moving.

Lexi was too cute. She kept running ahead but as soon as we were out of sight, she’d quickly stop and turn around to be sure we were following behind. Man’s (and woman’s) best friend!

It was a gorgeous day to be out and about. There weren’t many people on the trails so most of the hike was peaceful and it was interesting to see half the mountain covered with a thin blanket of snow while the other half remained dry.

The entire hike took just an hour and we were rewarded with beautiful, clear views of Maryland countryside from the summit.

Lexi wasn’t quite as confident climbing onto rocks. She didn’t like not being able to reach us.

Yep, someone is ready to go home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For a little dog, Lexi is a great hiker. Her short legs may have been tired but she kept going without complaining until we were back at the car, where she promptly passed out in the backseat. ๐Ÿ˜€

DC is a great city because we have fantastic hiking trails within just a short drive — and some within walking distance! — of the city. No need to drive hundreds of miles when you want to become one with wilderness. Once the weather warms up even more, I’m looking forward to spending more time exercising outside and less time chained to the elliptical. Not to mention there is an adorable-looking winery at Sugarloaf’s base that was definitely drawing me in.

What’s your favorite non-gym form of exercise?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2011 7:59 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous hike! I was the same way as a kid, my parents used to drag me on long bike rides and I’d be like, wheres my book? Now I love walking and hiking anywhere!

  2. January 2, 2011 9:12 pm

    I would pick non-gym over gym exercise everytime! I love taking my dog on a walk, running or biking outdoors, and skiing in the winter.

  3. bakebooks permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:14 pm

    I despise the gym. But I also despise walking in the cold ;)…um, if I can fantasize for a minute here – it would be walking in my place while watching TV ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beautiful pics! Found you through Jasmine’s blog.

    • January 2, 2011 9:43 pm

      Thanks for your comment! I agree — it would be nicest to stay at home but since that’s not an option, I zone out to Real Housewives will exercising. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. January 2, 2011 10:01 pm

    Walking with a friend- human or canine- is my favorite type of non-gym exercise!

  5. January 3, 2011 2:29 am

    That sounds like a perfect day out – great food and an invigorating walk through stunning scenery ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy new year!

  6. January 3, 2011 2:31 am

    Beautiful pics!
    I love ice skating:)

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