So you should know that most big cities are impossible or just too expensive to actually stay inside of. DC was no exception. We did find a nice regional park just 40 mins north of the city though that was perfect for us! Camping there was very similar to state park camping; very wooded, with trials, and bugs (thank goodness no ticks), and for the very first time ever, we did not have a water hook up. We had to fill our fresh water tank up and try extra hard to monitor our water use. It was an adventure in and of its self and I feel like getting us one step closer to boondocking (camping without hookups), which is also FREE!
So DC was great! Better than I thought it would be! But the very bestest, best part of being there, was that some of our best friends from Texas randomly were there that very same week……WITH THEIR KIDS! We have just had the best luck on this trip with meeting up with friends and family! I haven’t had a chance to be lonely even once!
So our first night there, Kim and Bryan came over to our campsite, and when friends come over, I make dinner! Indian chicken. The knats flying around our faces while we ate, just gave it that little something extra.
So Kim, being the no-nonsense girl she is, and me being the procrastinator I am, made a plan to go and see the city with the kids the next day while the boys worked. The girls got to have Lily spend the night, which is a rare treat on this trip! And the next morning I met her at the train, 20 mins late, with all the kidos. Kim had a perfectly thought out, survival-like, light weight backpack stuffed with everything from personal water bottles, to dehydrated rations, and boogie wipes. I on the other hand arrived with my usual diaper bag crammed full of empty bags of goldfish, two crumb-filled diapers, kids jackets (that they would not be wearing on this 90 degree day), and bandaids (I always have bandaids! Added bonus: it’s the single item Kim never has, so it makes us equals.). Alright, ready to go!
It was a fabulous day and the kids were all troopers, walking everywhere with very little whining, and only needing a few more band-aids before the day was done.
It was on Joe’s must do list to see Gettysburg while we were in the area as well. So we all loaded up one day after work, and crossed the state line into PA. We took the auto tour of the battlefield and enjoyed making stops along the way.
We also found time to all fall in love with the little town of Fredrick, MD while we were there. It was an ADORABLE town with steeples, and underground music stores, tons of coffee shops, cool bridges, and ice cream stores. It was just the right size and had so much to do! So we spent a couple of days there. I could have spent the rest of my life there, I liked it so much!
And with that, it was time to say goodbye to our friends. We had such a good time with them! And I always just feel good knowing there are people we know near by. But all good things must come to an end. We love you Osborne’s!
We had a few days left in the area, so one of those days I took the kids to an indoor aqua center. It was pretty awesome!
Out last day there, we took Daddy into DC since he had not yet been. Knowing how much walking we would have to do, and knowing that not having their friends with them as a distraction would mean our kids would whine like banshee’s all day, we decided to do a bus tour of the city instead of walk it. It was a good call!
As much as big cities usually intimidate us, this was a good trip! The monuments and historical sites, gave purpose to navigating the city. And as you know, if there’s a gold colored, plastic Jr Ranger badge in it, WE ARE DOING IT! We all learned a lot while we were there.