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Last Minute trip to Washington D.C.

It had been a rough month since we started online school. I was exhausted and hadn't really felt like I caught up after a summer of puppies. My husband let me know that he had to take a last minute work trip to DC for the week. I told him, "Well then, I'm coming along!"

It was Monday, I talked the grandparents into taking the kids and hopped on a flight on Wednesday morning. He had to work through Thursday so I spent my day on my own at the Capital walking the mall. It happened to be the day that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was lying in repose at the Supreme Court. What a monumental event to witness. This was my 5th trip to DC, having gone three times in high school, and once with my older two boys. I had never seen the mall so empty.

I was also able to connect with my business partner who had moved to DC three years prior. We spent the day at the National Zoo (it's FREE!) and really enjoyed our time. Lots of social distancing, and everyone wore masks, but I was amazed at everything we saw at the zoo. Also, that it's free. Did I mention that already? We did have to reserve online to get "tickets" because of COVID so they can make sure it's not too crowded.

For the weekend we stayed at the JW Marriott Washington DC, it had great access to the metro and wasn't too far from the mall. We spent most the time walking or using Uber, but did take the opportunity for a scooter ride one evening. They're a great way to go far when your feet are tired from the day.

Our weekend was filled with tourist time. First stop was Arlington Cemetery. It's truly a place where you cannot quite understand the sheer amount of loss unless you are there. So many hills with headstones as far as the eye can see. We did see the changing of the guard from a distance, as it was not "open" due to COVID. We went to the International Spy Museum, a definite must. It was a great interactive museum, not one of the free ones, but definitely worth checking out. Our dinner to celebrate my birthday was at the W hotel, right next to the White House. From our table, we were able to see the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. I'm so glad we were able to take this trip, and spend some time in our Nation's Capital.

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