1. That photo above was chosen partly in honor of our birthday boy, but also to highlight winter biking! Just because it’s cold, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on two wheels — just layer up well and pick paved paths that aren’t slick or muddy from snow. (Not to mention the DC area sometimes gets those warmer days this time of year — that pic was snapped in late December.). It’s a great way to enjoy some active fun outdoors, especially if you’re trying to stay extra safe during this Omicron time. This round-up of good local bikes routes has info for rides all around the area with something for everyone. And one we recently enjoyed: Anacostia River Trail to the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (see below)… we started from our house on Capitol Hill then caught the trail by RFK (where you could also park then ride), rode through Anacostia Park right to the bridge, then to Yards Park, where we picked up food for lunch by the river. We biked home from there, but you could also get back on the Anacostia River Trail and ride back to RFK.
2. New reduced hours for several Smithsonian museums just went into effect this week in response to Covid and labor shortages caused by it. A few museums are even temporarily closed. This post listing places to go for indoor outings indicates new hours and closures.
3. You can now order FREE Covid rapids tests through COVIDtest.gov, a website just launched by the White House. Every household can order up to four tests to be shipped within 7-12 days. It doesn’t hurt to get them on the chance for future testing needs. But if you need a test immediately, find pick up locations for rapid tests in DC here (must be DC resident). CVS also offers same-day rapid testing.
4. It’s Restaurant Week in the DC-Metro area through January 23, and Washingtonian suggests 12 new places to try while it’s going on.
5. You don’t have to have a teen to find this funny… and a little worrisome. 😉