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:
This was an interesting skate since we were testing a new FNS route and making things up as we went along. It was fun skating the National Mall during the government shutdown since there were roads that were closed to car traffic.