Friday, March 16, 2012

Zack in Washington, DC

The other day Zack and I made a trek to Washington, DC.  He's on spring break this week, and I'd bought this very cool City Walks with Kids box and Zack drew a card and decided he wanted to feed the ducks at the back of the Capitol Building.  Armed with a camera, a Metro map, and our City Walk card, we drove the 50 minutes or so to Greenbelt and took the Metro.


via http://www.dcmetromap.net/

Here's where things took a wrong turn.  Literally.


Now, if I'd bothered to look at my Metro map, I would have realized that Greenbelt is the very end of the Green Line.  The. END.  Zack and I ran up the steps just as a train arrived, hopped on, and away we went.


The next stop was University of Maryland.  Now in my addled mind, I thought, that can't BE.  We *PASSED* UMD in the car on the way to the Metro station.  So Zack and I jumped off the train.


Only to realize we were on the right train after all.


So we jumped on the next train.  Which promptly took us BACK to Greenbelt.


Two wrong trains in five minutes has to be a record.


We finally got going in the right direction and arrived at Federal Center and headed towards the duck pond near the US Botanic Garden.





Right away, we saw the huge duck pond, and right away, I saw no ducks.  Noooo ducks.  


Oh dear. 


Zack kept a chipper attitude and we walked the entire length of the pond only to find two ducks in a corner.  And that's when things got crazy fun.  Because there weren't just ducks at the pond -- oh no!  There were seagulls and pigeons, too.  And they wanted their share of the loot.


One sea gull detected something interesting in a nine-year old boy.



Then the feeding commenced.



Bread in mid-air, pigeon in mid-stare.



Zack belly-laughed the entire time.  He also shared his bread with a little girl and then we all hoped we wouldn't get pooped on from all the seagulls in the air!


Bread scattered, we wandered up towards Capitol Hill to enjoy the annual cherry blossoms.





We also took in some of the architecture.





Then for some reason we took a picture of our shoes.



The next thing we decided to do was find a street vendor.  Zack has never experienced the fun of ordering a cherry ice on the street, and this was on his "must do" list.  We bought the ice, then found a cool area out of the sun to rest and take more pictures.







Then I let Zack take the camera, and this is what he wanted to shoot.


(Please excuse the windswept hair!)


Now to head home.  All was well when I turned my head to talk to to Zack and WHOOMP!  Where did Mommy go?  Why, down on the sidewalk, sprawled out like an idiot.  When I turned my head to talk to Zack, we happened to be passing a construction site, and I failed to notice a small piece of rubble in my way.  Having broken my ankles three times total, I have weak ankles to begin with and often stumble when my ankle twists.  But this was an all out theatrical gasp-from-the-crowd-inducing arse over tea kettle. Zack was freaked but I had to laugh, and honestly was just embarrassed.  No torn pants, no blood.  But oh man, the next morning?  Quite another story!


Back to the Metro.  Once again, I got directionally challenged but at least this time we didn't get ON the train before I realized it was the wrong one.  While we waited, I took a shot of the tunnel.


For some reason it spooks me.  Don't ask me why, because I just couldn't tell you.  I've got no clue.


An uneventful train ride back to the parking lot, where we had parked in Egypt.  Our tired feet were so glad to find the car (with the help of my constantly hitting the beep button on my key.)


I couldn't have asked for a better day, a better kid, or more fun.  Even getting lost on the train was fun because we knew we were safe and had all the time in the world together.  Even the fall-down-go-boom was a funny spot in the day because it showed Zack that grown-ups are klutzes, too. 






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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

41 comments:

  1. What a fun day! Zach is getting so tall. I remember Ernest and I got on the wrong subway in New York once. It was going in the right direction, but it didn't stop where we were going. The other passengers were really helpful and told us where the best stop to go back was.

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  2. I'm glad you guys had a great outing :) And yeah, I'm the same way with falls and trips... even if it hurts I tend to shrug it off or laugh it off... depending on the fall, I usually can't help but picture how it must have looked and end up laughing. I blame Laurell & Hardy ;)

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful day together! I love all the photos! Thank you for helping us live vicariously through you! =)

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  4. Such a fun time to spend with your son. I miss those days, my baby is 36. I do still take the grandchildren on occasion, but it's not the same when you get older!!

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  5. I WANT those Dansko shoes!!!! I have been drooling over them in my local store but I haven't bitten the bullet yet and bought them. Serious drooling :)

    It looks like you guys had so much fun. I soooo want to visit DC with mom. I have my fingers crossed it will be here in the next two years.

    Love the shots of the blossoms, the ducks, the feeding frenzy and the architecture. Thanks for sharing :)

    Oh, I still have a compass from my time in the Army. I would be happy to share :-)

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  6. Zack, It sounds like you had a fantastic time in Washington, DC. I am so glad you let your Mom go with you! :)

    Lori, I am glad you had fun yesterday. I hope you are not to sore from your graceful tumble. And the weather was perfect for the trip. Love your pictures.

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  7. Haha. I had to laugh when I read about your going-the-wrong-way experience on the Metro. I did the exact same thing when I visited DC (the one time I have ever been). I don't know why - I've never done it in London even though the Underground is way more complicated.

    Also agree that the Metro there *is* slightly spooky in a futuristic Metropolis type way, as opposed to the more traditional retro spookiness of the Underground's grimy Victorian tunnels (for which, see Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere).

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  8. There is nothing better in the world than spending a day with someone you love, just having fun without the pressure of trying to accomplish anything. Sounds like a day you and Zach will both remember forever!

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  9. Such a wonderful adeventure! I am properly jealous - we visited Washington DC last summer (August) and I was looking at the trees when it hit me: they must be gorgeous when they bloom!! If there is something I dearly miss from Europe is the spring and the blooming trees - I got them here too (here = Canada), but nothing as spectacular as back there... But I am so happy for you and Zack - and there is nothing wrong with taking the 'other' train :)

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  10. Oh wow! So many great memories made.
    Sorry about the fall - sounds like something I would do. Bet you were sore. I know what you mean about the tunnel. I have major issues with parking garages - I avoid them and tunnels if at all possible.
    Have a great weekend.

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  11. These are such wonderful photos! I like Zack's photo of you too! I'm glad you two got to have your fun day out! I forgot when I commented the other day that you were so close to D.C.!

    I once got on the "L" in Chicago and rode back and forth the full length North and South before realizing there were other lines too! That was one long ride!

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  12. Great fun despite the mishaps. Great pictures too, love the hair.

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  13. Heeeeeeeee! Sounds like a great day, minus a few bumps in the road. I just booked a 4-day stay in DC this week so I'm looking forward (not) to figuring out how the subway down there works again. The tunnels don't creep me out but those looooooooooooooooooooong escalators to get down into them? Now *THAT* I have a problem with. Makes me feel like I'm going to pass out.

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  14. Sounds like you both had a lovely day! ANd the weather with you looks beautiful - I'm jealous!

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  15. What awesome pics, Lori! I am a 45minute drive to DC, or 25 min to the nearest metro...but I avoid that City like the plague! Too many years working in and around there...totally different perspective of it when you "have" to go there! You certainly had good weather! And....I not only have an unnatural fear of those same tunnels...but also any/all escalaotrs that take me to those tunnels! Hope you are feeling better these days!

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  16. B.Smith8:50 PM

    Come closer, she said to give you a big hug and to hug her Zack tight. Sending you tons of love from both of us.

    Allegra and Barry

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  17. That sounds like a fun day! Thanks for taking us on the ride!

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  18. I've been following your blog long enough now to make this observation...Zach is really growing up. You probably knew that and all, but just thought I'd let you know in case you didn't! :-)

    Love the Dansko's! Mine are boring brown and boring black. But my feet love them.

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  19. He's a handsome boy. A very exciting, eventful day, one he'll always remember.

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  20. Looks like Zak and you had a great time, even with getting lost. When I was there I didn't make it to the botanical gardens or the metro....maybe a good thing. I have one weak ankle so I feel your pain.

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  21. What a gorgeous week you had for Spring Break. I was also in DC on Tuesday this week meeting some friends who were touring DC! That City Walks with Kids looks awesome - I am going to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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  22. Such a beautiful day and destined to be a special one in your memories. I love your insight on what your fall can teach Zach. BTW, he's one handsome little guy. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

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  23. Oh my goodness, how funny (Well, except for the falling down part - which I do quite regularly. It embarrasses the crap out of my husband.)! Glad you had a good day!

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  24. Hi Lori -- Thanks for this great post. I'm so glad that Zack lets you post pictures of him now -- he's such a handsome young man and growing like crazy! Adorable! I loved your trip to DC and it made me very homesick. Great pictures of a great day! Oh, btw, I took the metro every single day to work and NEVER once did it fail to make me think I was in some other world. It's creepy in that other worldly way. But I love it's creepiness!

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  25. Lori,
    There is nothing more fun then spending the day with your child, no matter how old they are. Glad you were not hurt when you fell.
    Therese

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  26. Oh heavens what a great day! I adore the hair shot. (thanks Zack!) And the cherry ice looks yummy. I had issues at the first pic of the map, so "ya Lori" for even going. What a beautiful, fun memory.

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  27. Looks like you had a great time! I'd love to see the Cherry Blossoms.

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  28. Sounds like you had a great day with Zack. With the pain that we have to endure at times, we must savor these moments when we can have fun with fall and all. I am glad you enjoyed your time with your little man.

    Jenny

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  29. What a fun day Lori! Those are the best memories a Mom can make. I think Zack looks great in the Capitol and think maybe a Zack for President campaign might be in order some day.

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  30. Looks like a really fun (and tiring!) day! Someday i'd like to see Washington DC when it's green. I've been there 3 or 4 times and always in December (which of course has it's special charms). Funny about the trains. I have issues too, but luckily my son keeps me straight. I let him be in charge of telling us which subway to take in DC, and we let him be in charge of navigation for the tube in London and the subway in France. He didn't mess up even once. I would have had us lost forever if left in charge. Haha!

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  31. I was just in DC yesterday and the weather was so much better there than in Lewes. It was a glorious summer like day. Your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Sounds like a day full of fun, even I enjoyed it fully! Great company with your son and what a wonderful experience to archive in the memory file. Pictures are great and your son is a handsome young man. And for the record I have gotten lost more times than I'm willing to admit :).

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  33. Gorgeous photos Lori. That is so great you two could share that adventure together. Glad there was not another broken ankle and the little train mishaps did not "derail" your fun. Love your Danskos! : )

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  34. So glad I'm not the only one that is freaked out by those tunnels...they remind me of giant beehives. And don't get me started on the 5,000,000 foot long escalators.

    Glad you guys had a great time!

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  35. That tunnel would spook me too, it looks like it gives a fun house effect or something. Looks like you guys had a super fun day, and I LOVE your hair!

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  36. That tunnel would spook me too, it looks like it gives a fun house effect or something. Looks like you guys had a super fun day, and I LOVE your hair!

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  37. That tunnel would spook me too, it looks like it gives a fun house effect or something. Looks like you guys had a super fun day, and I LOVE your hair!

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  38. Sounds like a great day...

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  39. Sounds like a great day...

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  40. What a wonderful adventure. And sometimes I think taking a wrong turn (or train) can be part of the fun when you're with the right company. :)

    And I too love your shoes! Gad you didnt do significant damage when you tripped.

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  41. You look like you guys had SUCH an awesome time!

    And I feel the same way about the Metro - definitely cleaner (and not nearly as smelly) than the NYC subway... but somehow... creepier...

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