After 2 weeks on the road, we’re getting pretty close to Colorado. These kids have been amazing. And so has Jake (as usual). Feeling pretty thankful as we settle in to Santa Fe for 3 days.
When we left Washington, DC we were ready to leave the city. DC is an amazing city, but the anticipation for the outdoors was building. We couldn’t wait. We hit the road early. This is what we saw.
And all we saw. 3 hours into our drive we had made it 38 miles. After a total of 5 hours of driving, peppered with car sickness and brief thoughts of abandoning the first night in Shenandoah and staying in a town called Culpeper (which only had 2 hotels that were both full, “there’s a wedding in town this weekend”), we made it. And it was worth it.
What followed in the next day and a half were some of the most breathtaking natural sights we’d ever seen. We hiked (a small patch of) the Appalachian Trail. The boys took part in a Junior Rangers program. Maggie cooked a mean camp stove dinner.
As we drove along Skyline Drive through the park, we pulled over at a half dozen scenic overlooks. If you know me well you’ll know that most of the time I stood at a safe distance taking photos while Maggie took our children TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.
It’s hard to describe how grand this all was, especially on very little sleep (Isaiah is having a hard time adjusting to hotel living so we had a 4:30am date driving around Knoxville, TN this morning).
We were sad to see Shenandoah go, but we had a lovely view on the way out.
Made it to D.C. safely. Had a very close call with an unexpectedly detached and suddenly tumbling toward us steel bumper from an 18 wheeler. Clearly, the prayers for our safety are an important part of our journey. Don’t stop.
Highlight of the day: Discovering that our hotel is directly across the street from NASA’s headquarters.
By early evening we took a walk to the National Mall, and in the distance you can just make out the Washington Monument. We’ll get closer tomorrow.
First leg of the journey; RI > NJ
Estimated drive time: 3.5 hrs.
Actual drive time: 5.5 hrs.
Total time kids were bickering: >5 minutes.
Total crying time: none.
Fun activity for the day: sidewalk chalk in the hotel parking lot.
Musings from the back seat:
- “I’m so happy I could burst from joy.” – Dylan
- “This is the craziest thing I can think of: sliding down a pole with laser chickens!” – Eli
Off to a good start.