Travel Day & Washington D.C.

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
Trip End Aug 23, 2008

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

The day started early - too early.

The one day I wished our son would sleep all night (he usually does) he didn't.

He woke up at one and didn't go to sleep until three.

The morning was hectic since we just got everything ready the night before but didn't pack.  Of course we figured we'll get up early.

Man plans & G-d laughs.

Our son was nervous the whole morning, following my wife around like a puppy, not letting me go outside without throwing a tantrum.  We understand but we still had to take care of last minute details, as we do on every trip.

As said before we had to go to a birthday party, and we did, which was nice.  We planned to leave by 13:00, but we had a good time and we left by 13:30, for those of you who have kids you know that it's "on time".

Then the nightmare started, it seemed that we went from traffic jam to traffic jam.  A planned four hour trip took five and a half hours - with two bored kids who slept for two out of the five and a half hours.  The NJ Turnpike was backed up for miles with no apparent reason, 295 was bumper to bumper with accidents galore and the most hated kind of driver, the "gawker" (those who stop traffic to look at an accident on the other side of the highway) seem to be out in force - but we finally arrived at Washington D.C. after our son has been crying for about 45 minutes.

We ignored our rule that a "travel day" is simply that, not to plan much around it.

We manage to find a parking spot at the maze the locals call "streets" and took a small self tour of the town, saw a few sites and swore we'll come back for more.  By this time it was late, everyone were hungry so we strayed out of our pattern to eat at local places (plus they were all closed) and stopped at McDonald's for a late dinner.

We then drove to our hotel, got lost several times but managed to finally arrive healthy but tired.  

At least we got to see Washington in day & night.

Thank G-d for GPS.

The hotel is beautiful, complimentary breakfast buffet, wireless internet, fridge, microwave and clean, comfortable beds.
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