Recently I had a baby shower to attend in Northern Virginia at noon on a Saturday. I wanted to get in some hiking miles on Saturday because I knew I would be busy on Sunday, so I got up early and left the house by 7:45ish. My plan was to hike an easy loop in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, along the VA side of the Potomac. I chose this trail because since I had to attend the shower afterwards and wouldn’t be able to shower in between, I wanted an easy, flat 2-3 mile trail. My plans were foiled, however, because by the time I arrived at 9am both of the parking lots for this location were filled with cars waiting for a spot. I figured arriving around 9 might be a little dicey and it definitely turned out to be correct!! So, with 3 hours until baby shower time, I had to find an alternative fast. I knew there was Great Falls National Park nearby, so I headed there. It hadn’t been my first choice because of the $10 entrance fee.
After waiting in the entrance line for a few minutes and finding a park spot it was already 9:30, and I definitely wanted to get in at least 3 miles so I took off towards the trails after glancing at a map, not bothering to do any research on the terrain. I figured how bad could it be? WELL, it was a little effing rough. For a while it was just flat walking in the woods, but once the trail made its way along the rive it was straight up rocks and then straight down rocks. And the weather went straight up into the 80’s. (Isn’t that Maryland for you? Freeze warning one night and then up into the 80’s the next day. How’s about a nice 65 degree spring day?!)
Flat part of the trail, easy and pretty!
This isn’t the real steep party because I had to put my phone away so I wouldn’t smash it, but this is some of the more tricky terrain I ran into.
Hiking along the Potomac. You forget how much beauty there is so close to DC!
So needless to say I was sweaty AF by the time I reached my turnaround point, and even grosser when I got back to my car. I had made a quick detour to go check out the rapids since I’d never been there before so my total mileage turned out to be more like 3.6. This put me back at the car around 11am and the baby shower started at noon and was about 17 miles away.
The Rapids at Great Falls, VA, pretty impressive
As I’ve mentioned several times already, because I can’t emphasize it enough, I looked like a rat drowned in sweat. I definitely needed to do something about that situation before this baby shower. Not only was I going to somebody’s house I didn’t know, I was about to see a slew of people I only see once or twice a year. So I battled the outrageous Northern Virginia traffic, legit almost lost my mind at the amount of people there were on the road, causing my 10 mile trip to take THIRTY GODDAMN MINUTES, and finally found a grocery store near the baby shower location. I sprinted in, it now being past 11:30 thanks to NOVA hell, bought some deodorant and wipes, and cleaned myself up and changed like a vagabond in the grocery store bathroom. I even had some hairspray in my purse to get my braid back in line with (I’m sure it looked good for a hot second before spiraling into frizz-city again).
When I made it back out to my car I realized I probably should have planned ahead and shaved my legs. But, true to myself, I had not planned ahead! And they needed some attention. I have a razor in my gym bag in case of emergencies (emergency being every single Wednesday I forget to shave before group personal training class and do so 5 minutes beforehand in the locker room) (stop judging me) so I thought ok, I’ll just touch up these legs now before I head to this shower. In the parking lot. I’m parked away from everyone, I’m just doing the bottom of my legs, nobody can see anything…..what could happen? Well, I’ll tell you what can happen. A gross man can drive up in his truck and try to hit on you, that’s what can fucking happen. WTF guy!!! Are you for real right now?! Did you think I was trying to attract a man by shaving my legs in a fucking parking lot? Did you think I noticeably parked away from ALL THE OTHER CARS because I wanted you to come park directly next to me?! NO. On all accounts, just no. And then he had the audacity to look HURT AND CONFUSED when I stormed around my car and drove away without acknowledging him. Pro tip: don’t fucking talk to me.
SO, legs half shaven but actually relatively clean and put together, I did make it to the baby shower on time. It was wonderful celebrating Katie, mom to be, and hanging out with so many amazing ladies!!!! So, despite the road-rage-inducing traffic in NOVA, it was a great day!!
Baby shower group! I stole this pic from Lynne’s facebook!
Week 15, Goal: 45, Hiked: 32 (this was the count as of that hike a couple weeks ago)