So, this weekend Canu and I took a trip to our nation's capitol. No, I don't normally go site-seeing in the middle of winter! We drove the Wyldechild up there, and his dad met us and picked him up. Along with all his worldly possessions. He moved up to live with his dad.
More on that later...but it's a good thing!
Washington D.C. is another story.
First, we made it all the way to Arlington with no problem. As soon as we got off the freeway, we had a problem. No idea how to get to the hotel! Ok...I thought I knew, since the hotel was on Ft Myer Drive. I said follow the sign to Ft Myer! How could I know that there is actually a Ft. Myer?? As in Army Post? Guess what? We couldn't go in there...
So we drove around for another hour, with Canu driving and trying to listen to Bitchin Betty (the GPS, not me!). That didn't work out too well, since he can't hear and kept missing turns. There are alot of turns in D.C.
Eventually we found the hotel. It's a nice hotel. No, really...it was nice! Anyone who wants a place to stay that is reasonable, close to everything and has free parking (a rarity!) check out the Holiday Inn/Rosslynn at Key Bridge. I have no complaints! Less than two blocks from the Metro which will take you anywhere in the area! They also let us check in early!
So we got in and cleaned up a little, then set out to see some sites. We got to the Metro station, got the day passes ($7.50 each) and spent about ten minutes figuring out which train to get on to get to the Smithsonian. And missed the first two while we were deciding! Lucky for us they run about every five minutes!
Now...I had impressed on Canu the need to NOT look like a tourist...and to leave wallets and such back in the room. Yet...guess who took all the pictures?
That would be me.
So we go to the museum, they have metal detectors and guards at the entrance. I walk thru, then the Wyldechild...no problem. Canu goes thru in his black leather jacket, black AD/DC hat and his "Punisher" t-shirt...with his hands in his pockets. The guard puts his hand out and tells Billy to show his hands...then says "no knives inside!!" Are you kidding? We laughed!!
That was the Museum of Natural History...our next stop was the Air and Space Museum. By this time we were getting tired...so we stopped and got some lunch at the McDonalds inside the museum. Thirty bucks later...
I know...right? Next time we're packing a brown bag!
Then we walked over to the Capital Building. I really wanted to get some pictures of the inside of the Dome, and see some of the stuff inside.
It was closed. Dang it!
Fortunately I grabbed a map before we left the hotel, one that had all the Metro stations on it. We were about three blocks from one that would take us right to the White House. We got there, took some more pictures, waved to the guard, told Billy he may NOT pee on the fence...then took the train back to the hotel.
By this time it was almost time for Aaron's dad to meet us, so we sat around and watched some t.v. waiting for him. He called, we went down with Aaron to help transfer his things to his dad's truck...and said goodbye. Yes...there were tears. I tried, but at least I didn't completely fall apart. Well, not until after they left and Billy and I were back in our room.
Yes, I did. So there.
All in all, it was a good trip. Aaron is starting a new chapter in his life, Billy and I got a kind of mini honeymoon, and we are all in our respective homes safe and sound.
I probably won't go back to D.C. anytime soon. Driving around there is stressful, and I really don't like walking all that much. It seems like most people get around there by jogging...but the clothes they wear would do absolutely nothing for me!
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