This year on my birthday, I did the Mary’s Rock hike in Shenandoah with a friend Ruth (who I had met a couple of months ago on a kayaking trip). On the way back, we stopped to have dinner in Culpeper, which has a charming old town. The weather gave me a birthday present by making it an ok day for being outdoors – a bit chilly and cloudy, but not raining at least.
Later in the day, I had a few friends from my Internations biking group over to my apartment and we had a little party (with a cake!). It was nice to be able to spend my birthday with friends in this very trying and lonely year!