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Happy New Year! Thank you for taking the time to read about my adventures.

The main theme of Gal on the Go in 2015 was training and Spartan Races. I still plan on doing some races, but I’d like 2016 to be a year of mixed life experiences. I will be out of commission in March and April for medical reasons, BUT when I’m back and active, look out!

Your opinion matters to me. What are some adventures, activities or events you would like me to participate in/attend and write about this year? Enter your suggestions in the reply section of the blog or send me an email at Wherever I go first, I will bring back the person who made the suggestion a souvenir. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Gal on the Go

DC Whirlwind

My aunt Linda and cousin Alicia came down to visit me from up north for a few days. Here’s an accelerated version of our activities … lunch at Noodles & Co. — driving tour of Northern Va. — leisurely walk around Mosaic District — dinner at Matchbox — mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — tour of the Basilica — Union Market — dinner at Coastal Flats — breakfast crepes at Clifton Cafe — tour of historic Clifton — tour of the National Museum of Natural History — tour of the National Museum of American History — tour of the National Portrait Gallery — dinner and drinks at Russia House — rooftop fun at night on Mass. Ave. — lunch at Good Stuff Eatery — visit to Old Post Office and clock tower — dinner at Bella Vita — Depeche Mode. Nonstop fun!

Monumental Restoration

On August 23, 2011 my area experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. One of the side effects of Mother Nature’s wrath was serious stonewall damage to the Washington Monument, which stands tall at 555 feet in the center of the National Mall. The National Park Service awarded a contract in September of 2012 for restoration to begin. The repairs include sealing cracks, repointing the mortar and strengthening weak spots. Scaffolding started going up around the structure at the beginning of March this year and took until the end of April to build! The monument is a very prominent landmark in DC and it looked odd at first with the scaffolding around it in small sections, but now that it’s stacked to the top of the structure it looks pretty cool — like a metal cast. For safety reasons, the monument is closed while it’s under repair, which they expect will take more than a year to complete.

Documentary Screening

Documentary ScreeningFilmmaker Roger Gastman invited me to the screening of his and Joseph Pattisall’s documentary ‘The Legend of “Cool” Disco Dan’ at AFI Silver Theatre. The story focuses on the peak era of Cool “Disco” Dan in DC, which included riots, neighborhood crews, and the crack epidemic that made DC the murder capital at the time. Dan is a large part of the documentary, but there are many other engaging characters who come into play. Roger and Joseph had been working on the documentary for many years and did a great job with the transitions, pace, music selection and main story line woven with sub stories. The only downside is the film’s appeal to a limited audience due to it’s DC-specific focus.

Not Your Average Crafts

Washington Craft Show

I went with my friend Mariam to the Washington Craft Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. I hadn’t been to a craft show in years and was expecting homemade looking items that I had commonly seen before. Not the case at all! The works at this show were in the crafts major leagues. Many of the vendor’s works were truly unique. I would have left with a trunk filled with amazing art, if the pieces weren’t out of my price range. Some talented artists who are worth checking out and investing in if you have the means …

  • Jay Rogers – creates beautiful functional wood sculptures – certain selections of his works come apart to reveal hidden compartments
  • Jennifer McCurdy – creates stunning porcelain pieces that’s edginess is sure to catch your attention
  • Kina Crow – creates mixed-media works that are deep yet whimsical at the same time
  • Jiyoung Chung – create dramatic looking sculptures made out of paper that appear fragile, but are actually strong

Sunday Excursion


I went on a field trip with my friend to Arlington to visit a place called Artisphere, an urban arts center. The building space it occupies was the old Newseum. The exhibition we went to see was ‘Frida Kahlo: Her Photos.’ Artisphere is the “first and only U.S. venue” to present this exhibit of personal photographs that reveal moments of Frida’s private life. We weren’t allowed to take any photos of the exhibit, so the exterior shot of the sign is all I captured. Afterwards, we took advantage of the beautiful spring-like weather and walked from the art center across the Key Bridge into Georgetown for some lunch. A nice and relaxing way to end the weekend.