Archive | October, 2012

Arusha, Tanzania

27 Oct

In 2007, when I was living in Kenya I took a bus to Arusha, Tanzania for a weekend.  The bus ride from Nairobi to Arusha is about 3 1/2 – 4 hours. On the ride you will see giraffes walking in the fields and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  I spent the weekend with my friends walking around Arusha and visiting a boys orphanage.  We also went out at night and shopped the markets.  Arusha was a calm, peaceful city.  It is a good place to start before a journey to Mt Kilimanjaro.  Please take note of visa requirements; visas for U.S. citizens are $100.

Mount Vernon

20 Oct

A visit to Mount Vernon is a MUST, especially if you are in DC in Spring or Fall.  Take a stroll around the property.  It is a romantic atmosphere, but can also be used as a historical stop for you and your family.  I recommend getting a timed ticket to see the house or the wait can be long.  Also, if you live in DC and you think you will go on more than one visit to the estate in a year (especially if you have a lot of visitors), I recommend getting the annual pass.  Finally, make sure to check the calendar to see if there are any fun events.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas

13 Oct

  • Run along the paths in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Date Night on H Street NE

7 Oct

H Street N.E. in Washington DC has a lot of great shops, restaurants and bars to check out.  Here is a recommended date night itinerary on H Street N.E.:



October in the District

1 Oct

October is one of my favorite months in the District.  There are so many great fall festivals and halloween activities.  Here is a list of some of my favorite October happenings around the District of Columbia:

  • Oktoberfest at Biergarten Haus in Washington, DC.
  • Oktoberfest Reston from October 5-7, 2012.
  • Germantown Oktoberfest on October 6, 2012.
  • Snallygaster in Washington, DC.  Saturday, October 13, 2012.
  • Nightmare on M Street.  Saturday, October 27, 2012.
  • Silver Spring Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 27.  You can read my past post here.  This is a MUST see or participate.  You can watch the zombies walk around 8pm in downtown Silver Spring or participate by dressing up as a zombie and walking with the hundreds of other zombies.  It is a lot of fun.
  • Boo at the Zoo.  The National Zoo’s Trick or Treat Event.  October 26-28, 2012.
  • Terrorville in Aldie, VA.  Until October 28, 2012.
  • DC Drag Queen Race 2012.  Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
  • Markoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD.  Open until October 31, 2012.
  • Field of Screams in Olney, Maryland. Until November 3, 2012.
  • Summers Farm in Frederick, MD (about an hour outside of DC).  There is so much to do at this farm for all ages.  You can pick pumpkins, pet animals, shoot out apples, challenge yourself at the many different mazes, go through a corn maze, play mini golf, watch pig races, jump on huge “jumping pillows”, ride on a hay ride, and more!  I HIGHLY recommend visiting this farm.  Open until November 6, 2012.