I really like doing a photo an hour on travel days. I suppose it helps to pass the time and it ends up being a good way to start blogging about trips.
This was April 10th. The day we traveled to Washington DC.
Saturday night was the polar vortex's last hurrah. I had to dig up my sad vegetables and bring them inside and cover up all my new little plants so they wouldn't freeze to death.
So Sunday morning my alarm went off at 5:45 so I would have time to uncover my plants and re-plant my veggies before we left.
Preparing my face and body for travel.
Riding in the backseat as my mom drove us to the Train station.
I had never traveled by train before and was so excited I could hardly contain myself.
My favorite part of the train ride was riding through all the train yards and seeing more train stuff.
An overpriced train breakfast.
I imagined that train travel would be a lot more like plane travel, with tight security, so I didn't think we would be able to bring food and I imagined our bags would be searched. Nope. They let us hop right on and didn't even check to make sure we had tickets until the train was already moving. Hah! And then on the train some old ladies next to us brought an entire suitcase full of food to eat for the whole trip. They knew what was up.
Passing though cute little towns.
Time for another overpriced train meal. I had a veggie burger which was just a patty on bread with some mustard, for 8 dollars. But at least it was surprisingly flavorful and filled me up.
We ate in the dining car and this river was one of the many lovely views we had.
Somewhere in North Carolina's armpit.
Passing the time studying French.
Are we there yet??
First glimpse of DC!
We were greeted with the busy crowds of a big city at rush hour, but managed to make it out of the train station and get our metro cards with only minor confusion. Then we made our way by metro to our hotel, with some more minor confusion that involved us entirely circling Dupont Circle because I momentarily forgot how to read a map.
After Checking into our Hotel we walked over to the grocery store and stocked up on bananas, peanut butter, bread and potato chips. I would have gotten yogurt but our room didn't have a fridge. It also didn't have a thermostat or hot water, but who needs those things?!
Walking! Where to? No idea! Just exploring. Dupont Circle is a pretty place!
We ended up at the monument as the sun was setting and some mysterious steam from a vent was floating through the air. It was a pretty sight and a great way to end our first day in the capitol city.
Our aching feet told us it was time to call it a night and metro back to our hotel. Little did we know that was actually the best our feet would feel whole trip. We ended up walking over 25,000 steps two of the days we were there. That's about 12 miles! I thought for sure my calf muscles were going to burst out of my legs and run away they were so sore.
Stay tuned for my DC adventures!