Ok, so we decided to skip Brooklyn and we went straight to DC... The ride done was fine, we didn't leave MA till about 4:30 - got over the GW Bridge about 7:30 and into DC sometime around midnight. Fairly unevently trip other then an eighteen wheeler going into the wrong toll booth and having to turn around and drive against traffic to get back to turn back around and go to the booth that was correct. Felt like I was in the Matrix for a minute... Everyone was still tired but we dragged ourselves to the Capital Building on Thursday morning, I hadn't been on the tour in probably 15 years, but guess what - still the same. The kids enjoyed it more then they had expected. Afterwards, we journeyed to a local grocery store for our stay at my cousin Camille's house. The big hit so far, strawberry banana smoothies - thank god Camille had a blender. July 4th - going to the National Zoo to see Pandas and then back to the Capital Building to get a good seat on the lawn to watch the fireworks - pray for no rain...
Hello, so yesterday we went to the National Zoo, another place I haven't visited since I was very young. Still looked the same, except it was super hot yesterday and I don't remember all of the hills - seemed like everywhere we walked was up a hill. For the most part, all of the animals looked incredibly sad (keep in mind it was ridiculously hot) and their cages seemed small and not really in keeping with their natural habitat. I have seen much better zoos, but the National Zoo has those panda bears, and I do love my panda bears... Besides, it was free - so what can you do?
After walking 400 miles we stopped at a chic Mediterranean restaurant right next to the Metro and I enjoyed their Sangria, almost as much as the gin martini I had after. Jonny & Camille convinced me NOT to go to the National Mall with 100,000 other people to watch the fireworks live and instead watched them on PBS. It was a little weird, but fortunately, since its not illegal to possess and use fireworks in DC, we had our own private show right outside our door till the wee hours of the morning. The gunpowder hung thick in the humid air sliced only by the charging fire trucks that wailed down the street. Poetry is so romantic.
This was definitely the most relaxing aspect of sightseeing in DC, other then ducking to miss branches, leaves and low hanging wires while sitting on the second floor of the bus. The tour is a continuous loop around the city that lasts about two hours, not including hopping on and off at different stops. However, apparently a lot of people were in DC this weekend, I guess it was some kind of holiday - which made it nearly impossible to get into ANYWHERE. Sooo, the bus was the next best thing. We just enjoyed the cool breeze and tried to ignore the silly canned tour operator and his ridiculous tidbits of info. We did ride right up on the Ford Theatre and got a birds-eye view of the house where Lincoln died, it was kinda errie.
Later, we at poets and busboys which is a combination restaurant/performance arts space/bookstore; I felt like I had died and gone to heaven (did I mention they had a full bar - i mean they had everything and gin!!!!). Highly recommend it, right of trendy U Street.
Here's a pic of the only church in lyle's station. I woke up this morning early to clean out the car and as I was, the clouds rolled in and we had quite a downpour. It was a real storm, but you know me, the show must go on. So, we soaked ourselves as we visited the post office and the library. Noreen was such a help researching geneology with me. There was a whole room in the library dedicated to local history research and we found it to be rich with our family history. When the rain stopped, we made our way to the Sand Hill Cemetary and found where my great grandparents and great uncles are buried. It felt real good.
By the way, I would highly recommend the Maxam House for anyone visiting southwestern Indiana. It was a beautiful mansion filled with local history, books, pictures and artifacts that made it seem like a small musuem. This is coupled with a modern, clean kitchen, cable tv, dvd/vcr plus a well manicured backyard AND a swing on the front porch (of course!) Me & the kids loved it!