Washington, DC – May 2018

In today’s environment, it is hard not to talk about the goings on in Washington, our nation’s capitol, without some snarky comment.  But the fact is this is a magnificent city!

You need a month or two to do any justice to this city, touring neoclassical monuments, endless historic sites, and world-class museums.  We visited none of these.  We were on a higher intellectual plane.

In our never-ending goal to attain a state of déclassé, we joined our daughter and her friends in Washington, DC for a weekend of coolness.  What a blast!  We hadn’t seen Michela since she moved to DC, so it was most awesome on this Mother’s Day weekend to catch up.

We camped at Cherry Hill Park, located in College Park, MD, based upon a recommendation from Billy Joe Royal…

Mary Hill used to hang out in Cherry Hill Park
The game she played lasted all day till way after dark
All the girls they criticized her
But all the guys just idolized her
‘Cause Mary Hill was such a thrill after dark
In Cherry Hill Park

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Photo courtesy Cherry Hill Park website

Actually, the campground was perfect for us – easy to get to and easy to get into DC via the metro – perhaps about 4 miles away, full services, and if you had young kids this would be Wolly World.  By the way, if you visit Washington, DC the metro is the only way to get around.

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Can you really take the metro without thinking of Zoe Barnes, Frank Underwood and House of Cards? I think not.

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House of Cards

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We met up with Michela and her friends throughout the weekend – great to catch up with them all!! Out to dinner with Michela and Naomi, we went to Busboys and Poets – the first and flagship location on 14thStreet; kind of a restaurant/bookstore/library/gathering kind of place.  Good fun, great time!

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Courtesy Busboys and Poets website

Now anyone can go to the world-class museums that exist in Washington.  Not us – we chose the Spy Museum.  Can anyone say Agent Smart?

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We used to use this technique to go camping with the kids

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Folks spend years planning to visit some of the classic cultural and historical sites in this country’s capitol.  Nope. We went on a duck tour, with Michela and her friend Elma (and some loopy photobomber behind them).

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Not 10 minutes into the tour we got delayed on the streets of DC in some special event.  I know, incredible, right?  Well, no worries – we are with two millenials, so out comes Elma’s iPhone and she leads off the bus in a game of Heads Up – a game where you see the word on her phone and everyone tries to give her clues as to what the word is. To make it a little more challenging, a quarter of the people on the duck tour are hearing impaired.  Elma and Michela did a yeoman’s job!

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And like any good tour called a Duck Tour, we saw and heard ducks!

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We did, of course, catch some sights around town

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Goin’ in

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Captain Quack

 

All kinds of cool views around town.

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Canadian Embassy

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National Archives

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Trump Tower – OK already, I’m kidding!

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See those guys hanging out of the helicopter?  I don’t think this was a charter flight.

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Duck goes right under the flight pattern at National

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And of course this is the capitol, and we needed to see the Capitol.

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You take pictures, and you know, there’s always “that guy”

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And who gets married in the capitol?  Someone, Apparently.

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Some people make plans to dine at some of the fine dining establishments, like the Old Ebbitt Grill. Nope.  We little piggies went to market… Union Market that is.

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What a most awesome concept, and a great eating/shopping experience!  The Union Market has a large number of restaurants – think food trucks, only in a building.  And markets for meats, vegetables, fish, and many other products.  This place has a really cool vibe – would highly recommend!

Anyway, we have since departed this town, but for sure we will be back.  We might even visit some embassies and museums – who knows?   Doubt it.

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