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.
This was my first intermediate skate in a while. At the start I decided not to shoot video, but when we ended up under a large freeway interchange, the urban landscape was too unusual to resist. I have no idea where that starts, and then we went places I’ve never seen.
We skated from the White House to Bethesda and back. This is the video of just the return trip from Bethesda to DC. I stopped just short of the White House at the Foggy Bottom Metro station because, blister. But this gives anyone considering the skate a sense of the setting and distance. It was a holiday weekend so the trail was probably busier than usual, but wasn’t too bad.
I’m calling this a sub-intermediate skate since it’s mostly a trail skate with gentle inclines and low exposure to car traffic. It’s not a beginner skate because of the distance, and there is a skill level needed to control speed and maneuver around pedestrians in a narrow track.
Jesse, Jon and Bill were also on the skate. Jon and Bill left Bethesda via a different route back.
This is the skate route from Arena Stage, near where I live, to Hains Point and back. I did three laps, but through the magic of video editing this video shows just one lap.
My first, and probably last, attempt to skate in Rock Creek Park. While the setting is great, the pavement is awful for skating. There is actually more video because I skated in from the Silver Spring Metro and then made a wrong turn at the entrance and went north to East-West Highway before realizing that I wasn’t in Kansas any more. This video starts at the north entrance into the closed section of road, and goes south to Lot 6 where the Saturday morning skate lessons were happening.
Here’s the route, including the mis-adventure:
Another skate to work video. Slightly different route to avoid the cobblestones on 4th just south of Pennslyvania.