Let’s go back a few weeks to Wednesday, May 25th, the day that Mike and I left for our cross country roadtrip to Seattle. I know I am a month late in writing this, but I’ll be honest, at the end of the day during the trip, the last thing I wanted to do was write. Now that I’ve had time to reflect on the experience, I am ready to share.
This is Day 1.
You may have heard of the phrase “capital!” used mainly in older British movies. Well a few weeks ago when we embarked on our absolutely epic cross country roadtrip, our nations capital was the very first stop.
The good news was that this was gonna be a short drive, just five or so hours on the road. By starting in NY, we drove through Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, before getting to DC. Official state count is currently four (five if you include DC). First we stopped at the Arlington Cemetery (which is technically in Virginia, so I guess the state count is actually five). There were a few things we definitely wanted to see, like the tomb of the unknown soldier, JFK’s grave and the eternal flame, and Robert E. Lee’s house which had an incredible view of the national mall and some of the monuments.
After a while, we decided to head into DC itself to walk around and enjoy the sights while the sun was still out and shining. As we drove from Arlington, we made a wrong turn, which in itself isn’t a huge deal, but then when we tried to reroute, we met a bit of a roadblock; it seems as though the road we were on, which runs along the Potomac, becomes a complete one way, so instead of two way traffic, this major road becomes a one way, making it very difficult to turn around. We finally found an exit we could take and to our surprise we ended up on Embassy Row, because suddenly every grand house had a different country flag flying in front of it. We finally got close enough to the National Mall that we were able to park, change into some more adult clothes and begin our walk around.
We walked past the White House, onto Constitution Ave, and then we found a place to eat. Unfortunately all of the museums had closed at 5pm, so we were unable to take advantage of any of the Smithsonian exhibits, so we decided instead to walk down from where our restaurant was, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. We arrived at the Washington Monument right at sunset, so we stopped to enjoy the view and relax for a bit. Everywhere we looked there were pickup and recreational softball and kickball games; everyone
who works in politics had obviously just gotten out and were enjoying the nice weather. Once the sun set, we walked through the WWII Memorial, along the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, and made it all the way to the FDR Memorial before realizing that both of us were tired and it was probably time to head to our AirBnB for the night.
Even though we were five states away from home, it didn’t feel like we had traveled that far, like we could just pick up our stuff and head back home any time. Over the next 16 days, we were going to go on an epic adventure; one that was going to be more fun than we ever could have imagined.