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My challenge was to make this trip as active as possible. My first active activity was to bike from downtown DC to Mt. Vernon and back (38-40 round trip.) The hardest part of that was finding the bike rental place in DC. I think we walked that distance finding the place, but eventually we did. I have to admit, the bike ride was a beautiful path along the Potomac, wooded, very nice.
I know it sounds like I'm not enjoy this trip, but I actually am. :)
Annapolis, the sailing capital of the world, has to be one of our favorite cities. We just love it there! Between the crab cake sandwiches and the craft beer, it's one of the best towns. Not to mention one of our favorite stores, Helly Hansen. Helly Hansen sucked us in in Portland, Oregon, and it sucked us in again in Annapolis. The strangest thing, Gary and I always pick out the same exact expensive coat, and we aren't even sailors, but we now each own matching rain jackets. So we are ready. So many awesome restaurants, but the one that stands out is the water taxi ride to the Boatyard! I almost forget to mention in annapolis we stayed at one of the historic hotels on the circle. (Wonderful.)
Trust me, we are getting exercise without risking our lives. We put on many, many miles walking from store to bar to store to bar.
So now we are in Alexandria, another incredible city. We are staying at a great location, and we are about to learn to the DC metro system, I admit a challenge. I'm a country girl. The very kind and patient employees, as well as, a kind citizen, guided us in the right direction so we ended up in DC and not Philadelphia. We are still novices, but realize why people use these systems, they do work. Thank you to the kind people who told us when it was time to get on and then get off the train.
Alexandria is full of outstanding restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. and our hotel was great until the 2 am drill. Apparently, someone called in a "threat" and the entire hotel had to evacuate. We followed the instructions and were one of the first people out. People came sauntering out for 45 minutes. The police were there searching the building, however no one was giving us any information. People were getting extremely agitated, and I felt very sorry for the people with small children. (nightmare) All in all we were outside for an hour and half, and when they finally let us back in they couldn't figure out how to turn the alarm off, which blares in your suite. I took matters into my own hands, and decided to get my pillow and sleep in the hall. It's not silent, but much quieter. Sometimes you just have to succumb. The most annoying part we never received an explanation, or an apology from the hotel. I did expect a letter under my door the next morning, but NOTHING. I will never stay in an Embassy Suites again.
Highlights of the trip:
- went to an Orioles game.
- we survived.
- indulged in incredible food- mostly, oysters and crab
- spent some great time with my aunt and uncle in Baltimore
- experienced our nation's capital with the best guy in the world
I did LOVE THE MOMENT!
Next year, more remote and adventurous........