It’d been awhile since I’d taken a real vacation. I love the occasional long weekend but it was nice to have a week away from work and get to go someplace more than a day’s drive away. I also had never been to DC or Virginia before.
Most of my first day of vacation was spent on a plane
then I arrived and met this guy….
My first official day of vacation was wonderful. The temperature was around 70 and it was a beautiful day so my brother and I set out on a walk in a nearby park.
We explored the Civil War site along the Potomac River. It was a good walk and I was glad we got out that day because the rest of the time the weather was not quite as nice.
That was okay with me because most of my days were dedicated to enjoying time with my brother, his wife, and baby Martin. He’s such a good baby, and I miss spending time just holding him…or watching him sleep. Watching people sleep sounds creepy but I think with babies it’s okay.
Sunday my brother took me into DC. I went back and forth on if I wanted to go do the tourist thing because the trip was really about the baby but I’d never been to DC so I really wanted to check it out. It was cold. Real cold. Waiting for the metro in 30 degree temperature had me questioning if I really wanted to play tourist that day. I toughed it out and thankfully the weather warmed up a bit as the day progressed.
DC has so many attractions and is so big I had to narrow down my list of “Attractions I want to see in D.C.”
Final list: Arlington Cemetery, Washington Monument, The White House, The Museum of Natural History
Arlington Cemetery is difficult to describe. It’s sobering, moving, emotional, and everyone should visit at least once.
We were fortunate enough to arrive just in time to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier but I had one complaint.
Cell phones. I was very moved by the experience but struggled to see some of it because people had to hold up their cell phones to record it. I love to record memories and take pictures but I’m starting to realize sometimes I just want to enjoy the experience and be present in the moment. Also, cell phones are just not appropriate in some situations. Put it away for a minute. Enjoy the experience.
Rant over. After Arlington we walked to the National Mall to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and WWII Memorial.Yes, I know it looks photo shopped but I can assure you I was there 🙂
Next was the Museum of Natural History. It was tough to choose one museum but I love dinosaurs .
We only explored most of one floor so I can’t wait to go back to see the rest.
We wandered to the White House.
I got 30,000 steps that day 😀
The last few days were back to holding baby. I feel like I probably didn’t help out as much with the baby as the grandparents probably did on their visits but hopefully the times I watched him allowed the parents a little bit of sleep and some relaxing time.
It was tough to leave, and riding in the back with the baby on the way to the airport I found myself tearing up. I know he’s going to grow up so fast and I worry about missing out because I’m so far away. Plus I miss spending time with my brother and his wife. We only see each other once every 3-5 years or so but hopefully we’ll start shortening that time frame.
I don’t think I’m ready to migrate to the East Coast because I genuinely love the PNW and my job (most of the time) but I am going to make the effort to visit more often (but not too often. Don’t panic guys but maybe keep working on finishing the basement 😉 ).
My brother sent me a text saying he didn’t know how I enjoyed vacation because I hadn’t written a blog post so I hope this works for an official review of my time in Virginia/D.C.
I would give the vacation 9.5/10 stars just because it snowed….and nobody’s perfect 😀
I have several posts in the works…budgets, meal plans, and I’ve got a race in a few weeks that I’m not prepared for at all, plenty to write about, so stay tuned….