Haus Schwatz: Cati's DC Real Estate


Wow! What A Morning In Chevy Chase!

"What?!," asked my pre-teen daughter, "we are what?

"Getting up a bit earlier and walking to school," I said. "October 5th is National Walk-To-School Day."

"You've got to be kidding."

Early fall morning in Chevy ChaseMy daughter normally takes the bus to a magnet school that is--according to Google--2.7 miles from our house.  Walking allows for a cut through public park land--according to Google Maps 2.3 miles and an estimated 50 minutes.

When she heard that fresh croissants from a bakery on the way could be part of the picture, the kid came around.

We took off in perfect walking weather.  It was a crisp, sunny morning in the Washington DC suburbs.  A low sun and the first turned leaves where showing off the beauty of early fall.  Cheerfully chatting, my daughter stomped on.

We passed neighbors walking their dogs, a couple of bikers on the Rock Creek Trail, the horses at Meadowbrook Stables, a bridge over Rock Creek (check out my cell phone pictures here!), and--of course--the legendary Brookville Market.

"Mom," she said when we were getting close to the school, "this morning was real fun."

She made sure to walk the last fifty yards by herself.  I stayed back with the other few embarrassing moms and dads that had walked their kids to school.

We were all in a great mood.

© 2012, Catarina Bannier


Comment balloon 7 commentsCatarina Bannier • October 05 2011 11:25AM


Catarina - Well my daughter was up last night and not feeling well, so I scrapped walking to school for us.  We live only a mile and a half but we have to climb a pretty big hill.  I think we will try again next year.  I miss where we used to live, I walked to school everyday with her.  I will admit though, it was great not being in a huge line up of cars!!

Posted by Kym Wright (Prudential California Realty) almost 8 years ago

I didn't know about this special day. It's over 7 miles us to walk to school. We won't do that. But I think if you live closer, this is a awesome way to start the day. I use to walk to my junior high school...about two miles. I had to do this everyday. And home too. Than I would walk home from high school, because I got out early. It was around 4 miles taking the short cut through the woods.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 8 years ago

Kym-sorry to hear she didn't feel well.  Maybe you can have a "make-up" day?  ;-)   It's the first time we did this, and who would have thought it would be so nice and easy...  The roads we would drive are busy and make it seem so much longer.

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Hi Debbie, I hear you--7 miles might be a little over the top, especially before school.

It really was an awesome way to start the day, not sure if we would have liked it in the rain, though.  When you think back of your own daily walks to school--do you remember them fondly, or were they a drag?

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Look at that gorgeous sun shine!  What a relief that the rain has finally come to an end.  That alone is reason enough to walk!  Glad you both had fun. 

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) almost 8 years ago



I bet this is one of those moments, both of you will look back on years from now, and remember in a very fond way. What a great mother daughter moment.

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 8 years ago

Marcie, yes--and i'd rather go out again today than mess around with payoff issues and moving/closing dates ;-)  Just want to drop it all and soak up the sun...

Hi Scott--I very much hope so!  (And I hope it wasn't the last time i could mobilize her.  Getting harder and harder these days to get her off the phone.  Perhaps her mother is modeling the wrong thing there.)


Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) almost 8 years ago