Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Washington, D.C. Trip
Matt travels to D.C. every few months for work. We decided to tagalong on his most recent trip. Opa stayed home with great-grandma and I went with Kara and the five children. Our adventure started with getting there. Jake traveled with Matt on a companion fare ticket on Alaska Airlines. They took all the luggage with them because Matt was renting a car for work, so he could more easily deal with the luggage.
The rest of us traveled together on Delta flights. We left on a red eye from Anchorage and changed planes in Seattle and Minneapolis. When we arrived in Baltimore the next evening we rushed through the airport to catch a bus that dropped us at the end of the D.C. Metro green line. After taking the metro we had to walk for a half mile to our rental house. It was a long day, but the children were good sports.
We rented a house near The National Zoo, a short Metro ride from The National Mall. The house we rented was a hundred year old row house. It had been recently renovated and it was clean with beautiful hardwood floors throughout. We had a good amount of space including three bedrooms upstairs. It was really nice having room for the children to spread out in the evenings. Bentley, Jake and Viva shared a room with a king sized bed and they stayed up very late every night reading and using their iPads. They loved it!
The first morning Matt went off to work and we slept in: Washington D.C. is four hours ahead of Alaska! After we got up we headed to The National Mall. We chose to travel to D.C. the first week of April in hopes of seeing the famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. Unfortunately for us, the peak bloom was the week before. We found a few late blooming trees, but we did not see the entire tidal basin dressed in pink. C'est le vie.
We spent seven days in Washington D.C. (3/30/16-4/6/16). We visited museums, monuments, the zoo, and a cathedral. We saw many interesting things. Kara is still weeding through her hundreds of photos, but soon I hope to post more pictures from the trip.