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Workplace stress can exact a heavy toll... yours in Tollhouse cookies.

Tollhouse Cookie (chocolate chips, oaties, and walnuts in brown sugar custard) is Wednesday's Flavor of the Day at the Dairy Godmother. Let's go for a relaxing 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 and cut over west along East Del Ray Ave to continue south on Commonwealth Ave, and then another block west along West Windsor Ave to continue south on Russell Rd. At E. Mason Ave. we'll turn left and walk until we run out of street at the Alexandria YMCA, turn left, and walk north five blocks along Leslie Ave. to E. Custis Ave. At E. Custis Ave. we’ll turn right and walk a block east to Del Ray Animal Hospital at the intersection of Custis and Mount Ada Avenues.

From a hidden (shhh) entrance near Del Ray Animal Hospital we'll enter Mount Jefferson Park and climb up a steep hill to follow the trail northwest along the roadbed of the defunct Washington & Old Dominion Railroad all the way to Commonwealth Ave. Arriving at Ashby St and Commonwealth Ave, we'll walk south along Commonwealth Ave to Mount Vernon Ave and continue south to our start point.

The walk is 3 miles of smiles and should take about an hour at a moderate pace. With the exception of the first part of Mount Jefferson Park, which is a dirt path, it's sidewalks throughout. This is an easy walk.

Google map:

Where to meet: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301. We'll assemble on the sidewalk outside the Dairy Godmother at 7:00 pm.

How to get there: From VA-1/Jefferson Davis Highway (either direction), turn west onto Custis Ave. and drive four blocks west to Mount Vernon Ave. Turn right, and the Dairy Godmother is on your left a block and a half along. Parallel park anywhere in the neighborhood.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes and your furry friend if desired (leashes required). Sunset is at 7:46 pm, but twilight extends until well after 8:00, so you shouldn't need a flashlight. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms at nearby Mount Vernon Recreation Center, open until 9 pm, and there is a restroom at Dairy Godmother. Aside from the custard, there are a couple of local spots along Mount Vernon worth checking out if you want to grab a bite after.

• Dairy Godmother, 2310 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked],

• Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305, (703)[masked]

• Holy Cow, 2312 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Los Tios Grill, 2615 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301,(703)[masked],

• Pork Barrel BBQ, 2312 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked],

• Thai Peppers, 2018 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703)[masked],; menu, etc. at GrubHub:

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  • Joani P.

    Alright, John, you are amazing. I lived in Delray for 20 years and raised my three children just across the street on Windsor from the fire station. I even know the owner of the Dairy Godmother -- I thought I knew every book and cranny of my old neighborhood. But wow did not know about "hole in fence" and the "secret trail". And so much fun walking with such a great group of people. Five gold stars!!

    1 · August 28, 2014

  • Melody

    This was my first outing with the group and I had a very enjoyable evening. The neighborhood was lovely, and the conversations insightful! Thank you John, for your organizing such nice outing.

    1 · August 28, 2014

  • John M

    Fun friends, easy evening stroll! Thanks!!

    2 · August 28, 2014

  • SC

    My third Dairy Godmother walk.. but my first frozen custard there. Very good! Thanks John.

    August 27, 2014

  • Chip

    Talking about stress , OMG you better believe it,this area will suck what little humanity you have left in you....

    2 · August 26, 2014

    • Chip


      August 27, 2014

    • Ian B.

      Amount of hairs lost before you're 50

      1 · August 27, 2014

  • Justin C.

    Hi guys, I'm new to the area, and I'm not quite sure how to get there. If you happen to see a blind guy and his golden retriever, please feel free to yell at me to let me know where you guys are. See you tonight :)

    1 · August 27, 2014

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