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Trip Report Another Great DC Trip

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A friend of mine (John) wanted to take his 10 year old twin boys to DC for a long weekend. But didn’t want to do it alone (his wife is in the military and on deployment). He invited me to go with him and offered to pay for my hotel room (hired me as their tour guide). Free trip to DC for me! A friend of mine that lives in VA met up with us for the long weekend (3 of us went to college together).

John initially was thinking of driving to DC from CT. I talked him into taking the train. We left on Thursday and came home Tuesday. He let me do all the planning and the itinerary with the agreement that I wasn’t going to do everything with the 3 of them. I took input from him and his kids on what they wanted to see – his twins are direct opposites in interests! One is interested in art, the other one sports and aviation…We knew this was going to be a challenge.

We got into DC around 1 and straight to the hotel (Marriott Metro Center). Quickly checked in and headed out. We spent the afternoon at the Museum of American History. Everybody really enjoyed this museum and we were here for around 3 hours. We then took Uber to Gordon Biersch Brewery near the ballpark) for dinner (friends choice but it worked very well – kids enjoyed their food, decent beer). After dinner, we walked around the outside of the stadium for a little while and then Ubered it to Lincoln Memorial. We spent a lot of time here then walked through the Korean Memorial to Vietnam and the WW2 Memorial. Each kid has to write a report and include a lot of pictures from this trip (missing 4 days of school) so we were talking a lot of history with them at each memorial. They were very interested. I had come up with a list of things for them to find at each one (CT pillar at WW2, Kilroy there). We did struggle a little to keep the discussion at a 5th grade level…We finished up outside the White House and then took Uber back to our hotel.

We managed to get 3 adjoining rooms so the twins went back to their room and were watching a movie while the 3 of us sat and watched a movie and hung out next door. Worked great all weekend.

All were up early the next morning (part of our agreement was no haggling about getting out early – I think they were up earlier than me every day). We went to the zoo very early and spent 4 hours walking around. We got some great pics of the elephants and pandas. Took the Red Line back to downtown and had lunch (some place quick, easy and good but I forget where). John took one son to the National Art Gallery while I took the other one to the Air & Space Museum. We were there until close and then met back up and headed to Jefferson and FDR Memorials before it got too dark (Really think those need to be seen during the day).

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