Saturday morning, bright and early, our small group gathered at Teddy Roosevelt Island to participate in a clean-up at the historical National Park Service land and adjacent Mount Vernon Trail for Servathon 2011. The island is an 88.5-acre wilderness preserve with trails and connects to the Mount Vernon bike trail, a popular multi-use trail next to the Potomac River's shoreline that leads to George Washington's Estate at Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate during our project, with periods of rainfall varying between heavy and heavier. We clambered over and under the wooden area of the trail, filled five large trash bags with river flotsam and trash left by trail users, and cleaned up a hobo nest. After our hard work, we headed to Clarendon for brunch at Whitlows.
Spinach and Mushroom Omelette with bacon.
Spinach and Mushroom Omelette with fruit.
I've learned that the Bloody Mary Bar at Whitlows is both a wonderful and confusing spectacle. Through trial and error, I've discovered that a dill pickle spear spear is better than a stick of celery, Worchestershire sauce is a tongue twister but a few drops should be added anyways, and never more than a few dashes of hot sauce. The omelettes are ok. One of our party asked once and discovered they use an omelette machine, which explains why the insides are not always as hot as I'd like them to be. Generally Whitlows is reliable and can handle groups. Unfortunately the dreary weather seemed to cast a pall on the employees, from the surly bartender to the distracted and inattentive waitress.