Monday, August 10, 2015

A little traveling and DC

We took off from St. Louis for our last little bit of traveling before fun happened again.  We went from St. Louis to Corydon, Indiana, where we had the excitement of ending up in the eastern time zone!  From there we went to a hotel outside of Charleston, WV, then to outside Morgantown, WV.  It was pretty boring, all in all, but we managed to find some good times.  

There were fun hotel pools.  

Our rainy day found us at a hotel that had an indoor pool.  Score! 

There was a really nice hike at a state park outside of Morgantown.

The overlook at Coopers Rock State Park.

But then we got to our friends' house outside of DC and we kicked the fun up a notch.

Our first full day here we made our "DC" day.  We left early in the morning for the mall, where we took in the Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Korean War Memorial, WWII Memorial, and MLK Memorial. 

Reflecting Pool and Washington Memorial 
Lincoln Memorial

Korean War Memorial
WWII Memorial

MLK Memorial (duh)
Surprisingly, this didn't take that much time.

From there we made our way to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  

At the sculpture park where we ate lunch.

The dinosaur exhibit was closed, but the rest was pretty cool.

She's never looked better.  JK.
We were pretty done with DC at this point, but so much more fun was waiting for the day.  We came back and did a little swimming at the neighborhood pool.  Then some Bryn Mawr friends made their way over for a little get together and some dinner.  So nice to see everyone!

The grown ups.
Mawrters and future Mawrters

Another new baby!

Yay mini-reunion!
We packed an awful lot into Sunday, so our plan was to have a more low-key Monday.  The weather didn't cooperate quite as much as we wanted, but we still got in a hike where we saw some very cool wetlands wildlife, then the kids built an amazing city out of legos, then we went for a swim again, and now we're watching The Princess Bride.  

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I feel so very very lucky to have so many good friends who have taken us to explore their parts of the country.  It's been so wonderful to catch up and get to know their families.  I only hope that one day I can find some way to repay everyone for the incredible gifts they've given us.

I know we have been on the road for almost 6 weeks, but I actually really can't believe that tomorrow we head to our last stop - NYC.  We're going to see Matilda on Broadway, see some friends old and new, have lunch in Chinatown, see the Met, and check out the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I'll be sure to report on all those adventures as well.

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