This was fun, and a different “look” than the cherry blossom season.
This was a Saturday and the second peak bloom day, so the flowers were perfect and the crowds were dense. I skate into the park from the Waterfront Metro station and this video starts and ends there.
The first lap of Hains Point starts at 14:50, I did two laps.
The Tidal Basin starts at 55:20. This time I bypassed the Roosevelt and MLK Memorials and stayed close to the water.
Some crazyass street skating starts at 1:44:50 because fuck it, I was tired of the crowds.
I skate over to Hains Point most mornings and do laps. This is one lap around Hains Point and then a loop around the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season.
Hains Point starts at 0:30 (pretty side ends about 5:00)
Tidal Basin starts at 18:50
Roosevelt Memorial starts at 26:00
MLK Memorial starts at 29:30
I was late getting to the White House so this video misses the opening ceremony and the first few blocks of the skate.
This is an experimental video where I used two cameras on my helmet. Facing forward is a Contour Roam, facing backward is a MeCam. I put the rear view in a picture-in-picture because the different attempts at split screen just did not work. Too much of each view was cut off when trying to combine both in a single frame. In the future I’ll point the rear view down more since this one seemed to be pointed more at the sky. Neither camera has a viewfinder, it’s really an approximate point and shoot.
The MeCam stopped working at about 1:22, not sure if it was battery, memory, or user error. The Disaster at DuPont Circle is at 1:28. I totally messed up the cone skating section, so that’s missing – sorry Nikki!
The YouTube processors picked up over a dozen songs off the Disco Cart, so I had to acknowledge the third-party content. Which means that the ad is placed by YouTube for them, not me.
This is my first use of a MeCam wearable video camera to catch some ‘slice of life’ video of my commute to and from work. It’s admittedly jarring while I’m walking, but I kinda like the surreal effect it creates.
This is the combined intermediate and advanced skate groups. I think I left the camera off at odd times, and also edited out some places, so coverage is a bit choppy.
At 12:48 there is a car accident right in front of us – blood and guts everywhere!
At 25:31 we start skating on a wet slippery boardwalk, and there were some f@&ks expressed. Sorry about that.
At 39:39 Jon uses the mind melt to indoctrinate an innocent bystander into skating.
At 57:08 we encounter an HR Geiger rendition of something that claims to be the Merchant Marines monument.
This started as a combined intermediate/advanced, then Jesse and I split off and made an intermediate skate of it.
We had an office picnic (outside, in October!) so in the spirit of that adventurousness, I decided to skate there. Part of the route is on the Capital Crescent Trail, so I’ve done that before. Then there is a (supposedly) continuous bike path along MacArthur up to Clara Barton. It turned out to be a bit more adventuresome than Google Streetview indicated, because they were re-working the paving in numerous places. It turned out okay. I forgot to start the video until I was in the Georgetown waterfront, so a few minutes from Foggy Bottom to the Watergate and down Virginia Avenue are missing.
Here’s the route: