A Trip to the Capital

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A few weekends ago, Mark and I took a trip to Washington DC to celebrate our anniversary and enjoy the city one more time before we move south. It was kind of spur of the moment so we didn't have a lot of time to plan, but that's typically how we spend our time in DC — planless and flying by the seat of our pants. We packed some books and snacks and planned to just chill on the National Mall with a few museum stops here and there. Turns out, it wasn't the best time to visit the city. Most of the metro was single-tracking that day, so it took longer than usual to get anywhere in the city and the entire Mall was torn up with construction. We rolled with it anyway and found a shaded tree with a great view of the Washington Monument (or the Pencil, as I like to call it) and chilled for a good two hours just people-watching and scaring the squirrels away. Squirrels in DC are terrifying, by the way. They are not scared of humans and will practically run into your lap to steal your food. 

It was well over 90° that day which is typical for our DC trips. We joked that there seems to be some unspoken rule that we can only go to DC when it is hotter than 90° or colder than 30°. We seem to like the extremes. It's more fun that way, right? :) After trekking from Union Station to the Mall in the heat, though, we were glad to spend some time wandering the air conditioned halls of the National Museum of American History. I wanted to see the 9/11 exhibit, but turns out it hasn't been there since 2003. Whoops. I should really do more research in advance! 

We visited the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden before searching for a place for dinner. We wanted to try Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown, but unfortunately they were fully booked until 10:00pm. Sign us up for senior citizen status, because 10pm for dinner is way too late for us. I want to try their jambalaya without falling asleep in it! We kicked back on Uncle Julio's patio in Arlington instead and enjoyed our fill of carne asada. 

Sometimes I think we were crazy to box up our whole house as early as we did, but being able to take trips like this in the middle of an out-of-state move makes me happy. I think it's keeping both of us from losing our mind. DC, we'll be back one day! 

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