What really happened went a little more like this: we waited at the Metro station for our travel companions, for many, many minutes, then took a long, crowded trip to the Capitol Mall. We walked and walked and walked, all the while trying to ignore the complaints of three cranky girls. It was too hot, the walk was too long, their feet were KILLING THEM and they just might perish if they didn’t get sustenance SOON. We walked around the tidal basin area, whose perimeter is covered with blooming cherry blossom trees. We visited the Jefferson Memorial, walked some more, ate lunch and then visited the American History Museum to see Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown (and the gowns of many other First Ladies). After that, we took a sleepy Metro ride to Old Town, Alexandria, went on a trolley ride, saw the Potomac River water front and got a ride back to our car, which was parked at the Metro station by our house. Tired. Hungry. At nearly 7pm.
Now, I’ll let the pictures (and there are a LOT of them) tell the story.
But first, let me share with you a tip. If you’re absent-minded like me, and have trouble locating your car in parking garage, take a picture of your parking lane. Trust me. It works! You’re on your own trying to get OUT of the parking garage. Is it just me, or do others tend to drive in circles following the exit arrows. It’s probably just me. That’s okay, I’m used to being hapless.
As soon as we entered the parking garage, at our designated meeting time of 9:30, we got a call from our travel companions, telling us that they were running late. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised. That’s not exactly out of character for them. They said they’d be there in 20 minutes. It ended up being more like 35 minutes, but that’s okay. Caroline and I are flexible and good at waiting.
We bought our tickets.
Shoes (we were getting desperate!)
Our friends FINALLY arrived and we hopped on the Metro. No pictures; I was too busy holding onto the pole and wishing I had eaten more for breakfast. I felt a wee bit queasy with all that motion.
The Smiths always travel with snacks!
Stealing my sunglasses.
This was the highlight for me:
Spark Lab for the kids
She wasn’t really sleeping, just fakin’ for the camera.
Old Town, Alexandria
Potomac River water front.
I ran out of room on my picture card by this time. The rest of the outing entailed a drive with all of us stuffed into our traveling companion’s car, back to the Metro station so I could retrieve my car.