Friday, July 31, 2020
A Ride to Old Town Alexandria
It was an odd morning. My husband had to get blood drawn so the usual walk schedule was interrupted. Since it was boiling hot the option was to take a ride to Old Town Alexandria. Since we walk every day we could afford to skip it this once. So we drove off down the George Washington memorial parkway along the Potomac River, passing by DC, and on to Mount Vernon, then turned around and checked out Alexandria. It’s been quite a while since we were last there. We miss the couple of restaurants we frequented and decided against pick up because it’s such a hassle to disinfect all the containers. Everything looks worn down and empty - the weeds are winning by overtaking the streets - but the hydrangea trees are in full bloom. The charming architecture remains. King Street is blocked off by the waterfront area so the restaurants can put out a few tables for diners. There weren’t a lot of takers in the 90 degree heat. There looked to be a wedding ceremony or at least a photographer getting engagement or wedding photos in front of the Carlyle house. Most people are wearing masks. The town square was eerily quiet except for the water fountain flowing. This atmosphere is starting to take its toll on a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Nothing looks the same and probably never will again.