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Hey, the weather forecast for Friday is partly sunny and a high of 87, so it should be a nice evening for a walk! Besides, the flavor forecast for Friday is mostly Mozambique at the Dairy Godmother, featuring the flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, so what's not to like? Let's go for 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 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 a little over 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.

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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 isn't until 8:38, so you won'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]

• 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:

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

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  • Susan

    The dairy godmother is amazing. Sour cherry - must be the nectar of the gods. No other shop can compare.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Cindy

    Thanks John for a great neighborly walk through Del Ray, nice mix of the old and new houses.

    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Kris L.

    A perfect evening for a walk. I met great people and enjoyed Fairy Godmother custard too!

    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Michelle

    Wanted to share this meetup group - it came up in a couple of conversations at last night's walk...

    June 28, 2014

  • Gregg

    The hike and the ice cream is very good! Sorry, custard.

    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Brenda

    Yummy! Great planning as always by John.

    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Janet

    It was lovely summer evening walk through the delightful Del Ray neighborhood. The highlights were friendly smiling new folks, the frozen custard at Dairy Grandmother, and pungent lavender growing in gardens.

    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Martin


    2 · June 28, 2014

  • Susan

    Five stars! Great walk this evening. Thank you John!

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • John M

    Fun friends, great walk! Thanks!!

    2 · June 27, 2014

  • ML M.

    Yup - I am ML - and had to cancel. :-(

    June 27, 2014

  • Kris L.

    I would love to do this walk tonight. Looks like ML McMahon had to cancel, so can I get off the wait list?


    June 27, 2014

    • Ian B.

      I think you move in automatically as they cancel.

      June 27, 2014

  • Ian B.

    Wow. We got all 75 and some in the waitlist. That is pretty intense. In light of this, please be sure of attendance.

    June 27, 2014

  • ML M.

    Sorry have to cancel Nephew turns 25 and we are having a BBQ

    June 27, 2014

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