Monday's forecasted flavor at Dairy Godmother is Mozambique (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves), so let's enjoy an evening stroll in Del Ray!
The route: Starting from outside the Dairy Godmother at 2310 Mount Vernon Ave, we'll walk south to Del Ray Ave, turn right, and walk 2 blocks west to Commonwealth Ave. At Commonwealth Ave we'll turn left and walk south 5 1/2 blocks south to Mason Ave, where we'll turn left again. From there we'll follow Mason Ave east until it ends at the Alexandria YMCA, where we'll turn left and walk north along the sidewalk adjacent to Simpson Stadium Park, continuing on it along Leslie Ave. At Howell Ave we'll turn right and walk a block east to La Grand Ave. At La Grand Ave we'll turn left, and follow it north until it ends at E Randolph Ave. At Randolph Ave we'll turn left and follow it northwest and west back to Mount Vernon Ave, where we'll turn left and walk along Mount Vernon back to our starting point.
The walk is modified from our usual walk through Mount Jefferson Park and follows only paved paths. It's still about 2 miles and should take about 40 minutes.
A Google map of the route is here: http://tinyurl.com/q5f5gun
Where to meet: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301. We'll assemble on the sidewalk outside the Dairy Godmother and try to depart by 7:00. Autumn is fast approaching, so the sun is setting earlier each week. Monday it's 7:04, 17 minutes earlier than our last visit on 12 September.
How to get there: See the directions at the Dairy Godmother website, http://www.thedairygodmother.com/directions/
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes and your furry friend if desired. A light jacket might be nice for after the walk. A flashlight may also be a handy fashion accessory, but there are streetlights throughout so it's probably unnecessary. I'll have one just in case.
Before and after the walk: Get there early to grab a custard to enjoy along the way. Or get one after - it's open until 10:00. There's several local spots along Mount Vernon worth checking out for a bite of supper after; we've ambushed Thai Peppers with a dozen folks in the past with no problems. Last time we went to Los Tios, which was good also.
• Dairy Godmother, 2310 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked], http://thedairygodmother.com
• Los Tios Grill, 2615 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked], http://www.lostiosgrill.com/
• Thai Peppers, 2018 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked], http://www.thaipeppers.net/; menu, etc. at GrubHub: http://tinyurl.com/pxvtwrx