On Saturday, June 26th, I woke up at about 7:17 AM, and it was raining.
So I decided to lay in bed until closer to 8:00 AM to see if the rain would stop, and it did.
Off to the First Farmer’s Market
I got ready and left the house at 8:01 AM to walk to the Old Town Alexandria Farmer’s Market. The humidity was at 90% after the rain, which made the heat worse. I dropped off my compost there. Then gathered a few items from the market and headed back home, which is a three and a quarter-mile round trip.
Made It Home
When I got home put the items away and then ate a mixed berry tart and most of the quart of cold water to re-hydrate. Getting some food and water in me was helpful.
Once I finished the mixed fruit tart and cold water. I headed to the Del Ray Farmer’s Market and MOM’s Organic Market to drop off recycled glass bottles and jars.
Stopped at St. Elmo’s and My Second Farmer’s Market
So I stopped by St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and ran into a few friends. One of them I had not seen since around Xmas of 2019 or so. Their children are now at least a year and a half older and have grown a great deal.
I did a bit of quick shopping for some cherry tomatoes and greens at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market.
Now Headed to MOM’s to Drop-off Glass
Then I started the mile-plus walk to the MOM’s to drop off my glass to be recycled. Of course, I missed both to the buses headed that way, so it was better to walk than wait 30 minutes in the heat.
I went behind the MOMs Organic Market to drop off my bottles and jars.
Order Myself Some Refresh Tamales
When leaving stopped for the second time at the apartment building near the parking lot exit that had a nice young lady selling fresh tamales she made. I ordered two pork and two chicken tamales. Each tamale had some green beans, potato, and yellow pepper on them this week.
After ordering, I noticed they had both a bean and all-veggie version. So next time I go, I’m either going to get one of all four kinds of tamales or, more likely, the bean and all veggie tamales.
As I was getting ready to leave, I think the young woman’s mother came out and is one that makes the tamales. I asked if they had any lemonade. She told me she was finishing up in the house and would be bringing it out in about three minutes.
So I waited and got a cold glass with ice.
They are a Great Deal
The best part is each of the tamales is only $2.00 apiece, and so is the lemonade. The tamales, in my opinion, are worth more than that, so when my bill came to $10.00 total, I gave them $15.
Sat Outside MOM’s to Eat Them
I then walked over to the front of the MOM’s, which has three metal table and connected chairs out front to eat. I ate a pork and a chicken tamale while drinking my lemonade and relaxing.
The tamales are wrapped in thick tinfoil and a banana leaf. I was able to eat them with my hands because I did not see any silverware.
Missed the Buses Back home
Once I was done, I noticed that the second bus heading towards home went by. So it was going to be another 30 minutes before the next one.
I started walking home, taking my time, and walking on the shady side of the street.
Of course, when I looked at the schedule, it looks like on the weekend, the one bus line is only running every hour, which meant a longer time to wait for it.
Of course, another bus came by because it must have been off schedule, and I wasn’t near a stop when the bus drove past me. So I continued to walk towards home.
Stopped at St. Elmo’s Again to See People Outside
As I passed St. Elmo’s again, one friend was still there like an hour and a half later with the other person’s father with their two children.
So by not taking the bus, I was able to talk to him after about a year and a half or more.
He offered me a ride home which I declined because I was way too sweaty to get in his car.
After a bit of talking and cooling down in the shade, I walked the mile and a half home.
It took a while, but I got home, I put all the food away and took a nap after re-hydrating.
After my nap, I heated the two remaining tamales and had them with a bottle of kombucha.
Headed for One Final Walk for the Evening
After eating and drinking then I went for another walk since I was up to eight and a quarter miles. I figure I could get to ten miles for the day.
After I got moving, I figured I could get enough steps in to get to 25,000 steps for the day. Then it became needing another 1,000 or so steps to get to over twelve miles of walking.
Read on My Back Deck
I finally got home and, to cool off, grabbed some cold water, my book, and my rockerless rocker, and a folding table to sit on the back deck to read.
So not a bad day, even though looking later in the evening, I ended up with a blister on the ball of each of my feet.
So after walking to two farmers’ markets and running into friends, I had not seen since before the pandemic. Purchasing four homemade tamales and lemonade, along with a short nap.
I walked 26,656 steps for the day. For a total of 12.22 miles over 260 minutes, 22 floors, and burned 4,402 calories.
Not something I want to do again in the heat, but good to know I can do it if properly hydrated and fed.