I mentioned yesterday that Rachel and I stayed with her friends Claire and Andre. They were the world’s best hosts. Not only did Rachel and I each have our own room and bathroom for our stay, but they made us delicious meals, were super fun to hang out, and made me feel so welcome and a part of things even though I had only met Claire a couple of times and it was the first time I’d met Andre. AND they have an incredible movie room with tiered couch seating and a giant projector wall with surround sound. I’ve seen home theaters before, but nothing like this. It was the most incredible thing ever.
Anyways, Rachel and I decided to use the first night to catch up on sleep, and set out around 9 in the morning. We drove to a park and ride and took a train into DC. We had gotten a helpful app for our phones that included a map of the mall, self guided tours, and lots of historical information about everything. Our plan for the day was to hit up the main monuments/sights on the mall.
These plans were temporarily post-poned when we saw a carousel. #forthewin
After a whimsical ride on a colorful pony, we started walking toward the Washington Monument.
We took in the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. We both loved the Lincoln Memorial the most. And we also agreed that a lot of things in DC will be so much cooler in the summer months when the fountains are turned on. But we were so glad we could see all of these places. At this point, we were both hungry and cold. Like, really cold. We did not anticipate how windy it would be and we both were mostly frozen through. In a moment of desperation Rachel even bought a moderately ugly headband thing to cover her ears. (For the record, I didn’t think it was that bad! But I will agree it was cuter after she ripped off the weird plastic flowers).
We turned to our phones for insight into where we could eat dinner, and ended up wandering onto the campus of George Washington University, where we relived our college years (or just found lunch and then moved on). For the afternoon we sought refuge in the American History Smithsonian. One highlight for both of us was seeing the actual flag that had been flying at Fort McHenry during the war of 1812.
We headed home early-ish because Claire was making a delicious dinner. Dinner was followed by watching a movie in the theater. It was a blustery but good day.