Goal Post: Back from DC

I’m finally back from a spring break trip. I’m also trying to write and schedule this post using my phone. I’m exhausted this Friday night, so I’m living dangerously. God, I hate these blocks. No idea how to put a video on here either. Why do I hear cheering?

Guess ever paragraph gets its own block. Goodie. Well, I’ve been in DC since Tuesday and nothing exciting happened Sunday and Monday. I didn’t get any writing done either. I tried to work on an outline only to realize it wasn’t going to happen until next weekend. So, let’s do a day-by-day.


Why is the video down there? Anyway, this was the drive up. We woke at 4 am and left around 6 am. It wasn’t supposed to be crazy, but there were detours. Also traffic both normal DC traffic and a jam caused by a flaming car. We got to a reserved parking space with enough time to explore for a few hours. This involved seeing the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII, a drained reflecting pool, Vietnam, and the White House. I should have sensed this was a preview of the walking in our future. We eventually drove to the hotel, which was . . . an experience.


Fixed the video! I think. So, this was the first big outing. It was also the start of using the metro system instead of driving. We went to the International Spy Museum. It was a lot of fun because you get a badge with a cover identity. You do challenges specific to your character and get to keep the badge if you want. Had a tough time doing mine while explaining things to my son. It still worked out and then a late lunch. After that was walking around. We got into the botanic garden before it closed and then rested on the steps of the Capitol Building. Then came the long walk back to the station and back to the hotel. We stopped at the Iwo Jima statue too.


Zoo day! This was the big one because we got to see giant pandas. They’re getting their own post tomorrow. My son was very excited. He also got to see a few other new animals. Orangutans, beavers, sloth bears, alligator snapping turtles, and emperor tamarins. We were there for 6 hours and then went back to the National Mall with a mission. We were staying late to see the landmarks lit up. A lot more walking ensued to see Jefferson, MLK, FDR, and Korean War before darkness fell. We got to see Lincoln and Washington lit up. It was cool to see Lincoln in the building from far away. Then trudging back home in pain and exhausted.


This day didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I got either my son’s cold or my dad’s sinus issues, so I barely slept. Thee we plan was to check up the American and Natural History museums. Made it to the latter, but my son and I lost our energy before we could finish. There were so many tours going on that it was too loud and crowded. So, we went outside and took a seat under a tree on the National Mall. Naps were had by some since it was good weather. Then back to the hotel to rest before dinner. Lazy day was really needed.


No idea. We drive home and saw family along the way. Nothing exciting or worth mentioning here.


  1. Laundry
  2. Resting
  3. Video games
  4. Back to work
  5. Help with schoolwork
  6. Redo outline got Darwin & the Halfling Hunt.
  7. Hydrate
  8. Sleep
  9. Make panda post for tomorrow
  10. Work on September posts


About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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8 Responses to Goal Post: Back from DC

  1. Does sound like a full agenda. I think you hit all the high points. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Makes me tired just reading about it. Aren’t the blocks fun?


  3. noelleg44 says:

    TIring trip but well worth it – all children need to see Washington and get a sense of our history. Good on you for plugging through it!


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    That’s one busy and exhausting vacation.


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