The end of June Adam was scheduled to go to Washington DC for a conference. Since the conference fell over Father’s Day and Sebastian’s birthday we decided we would all tag along and give the boys a chance to visit the capital. We ended up leaving a day later than planned due to an illness and asthma attack, so we spent the better part of Father’s day making the 12 hour drive. We did manage a stop at Mellow Mushroom for a fun lunch. The boys now recognize the Mushroom from seeing it at the Barons games.
Our first day we walked from the hotel to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum–a 2 mile walk. We looked at the Hope Diamond and the other rocks and minerals and the skeletons and insects before heading out to the mall for a picnic. I had told the boys we would ride the metro back, but I had sent the map with Adam and didn’t know where the station was or what station we needed to get to, so we began the walk back. I had read that you could go up in the Old Post Office Tower and get a great view of the Washington Monument and surrounding landscape, but after walking to where it was supposed to be we found a barricade and were told we couldn’t go up in it since Donald Trump had bought it and was turning it into a hotel. Boo.
We began the walk back, hoping to catch a bus that could take us most of the way, but had no such success. We did pass a person collecting honey bees that had nested in one of the trees on the sidewalk and got an impromptu lecture on the ways of honey bees and how the hive is built. Still, by the time we were close the the hotel my two littles were rather pitiful. When we came to the McDonalds we had passed on the way I told them they could get ice-cream AND a coke.
The joys of hotels for my children are the swimming pool and the television. After our long walk we were very happy to relax in the pool. That night we watched Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and discovered the show American Ninja Warrior to the delight of us all.
The next afternoon we visited the Post Office Museum, full of the history of stamps and the operations of the postal service. We looked around Union Station and went to the Capitol Building where we got a brief look at the dome undergoing renovations. We walked by the Department of Justice and the Library of Congress. We were impressed by the size of the buildings.
Wednesday we went to Pi Pizzeria where we ate amazing deep dish cornmeal crusted pizza and celebrated Sebastian’s birthday with an amazing chocolate skillet cake accompanied by a pitcher of caramel. After sharing a bite with each of us, he finished it off to the last drop.
From there we went to the Spy Museum where we spent hours learning the art and tools of espionage. We caught American Ninja Warrior again that night, causing my children to want to be obstacle running spies.
We headed out early the next morning and drove, stopping over at our friends’ house for the night. The next day we came home. At the hotel, we had given the king size bed to 3 of the children, putting 2 on the floor and Adam and I taking the pull out couch, so I was very happy to be in my own bed again.