Okay, so for those of you patiently waiting for pictures from our trip, here you go. :) We had a wonderful time together! It was so nice to be able to do what we wanted, when we wanted. Not to say we didn't miss our little angels...it was just nice to get away for a few days and do something we'd probably never have a chance to do again.
I have to give a little plug for priceline. I booked the entire trip from there and stayed within our budget doing so. Originally the plan was to go out to PA to go to Jerem's cousins wedding reception. After looking at tickets and noticing it would be significantly less expensive to fly into D.C. and drive the 2 hrs there we decided to do that. Once that decision was made Jerem suggested he take an additional day off work so we could see some of the sites of D.C. Great idea!
The first hotel I tried to get as close to the National Mall where all the monuments are, as possible. Hotels right around there are OUTRAGIOUS in cost. I ended up getting this gem (Marriot) for $112 for the night. We had to drive through some nasty traffic to get there. I used to think setting up a tent tested ones marriage, I have now concluded that driving through DC is a much better test. And that was with us HAVING a Garmin. So anyhoo...this hotel was in Dupont Circle area. It was set up on a little hill and surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees. The room was obviously super old, not in a bad way, but like they didn't try and modernize it. It was really charming and just perfect. We were surrounded by all these little ethnic resteraunts so we had fun eating there too. :) Once we got there and parked the Jeep, (another priceline deal that we LOVED) we vowed to not drive it again until we were headed to PA. Dan and Kathy Holen were kind enough to give us their Metro cards from when they lived there and since there was a station right outside the hotel it was perfect to hop on and take wherever we wanted to go.
Friday morning after a leasurily breakfast we made our way down to the Mall and walked through all the memorials and monuments. A lot of them have a buzz of conversation from people milling around, or fountains going, but the Vietnam Memorial was completely silent. There were at least 100 people streaming by, yet no one was talking.
Once there we enjoyed reconnecting with his aunt and uncle (on his dad's side) and cousins. We stayed at an Inn his cousin is the manager for. It was out in the country, and so peaceful. Lancaster is the heart of Amish country so we got to experience sharing the road with horse and buggies. Riviting stuff folks. :)