welcome to the capital city.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on March 25, 2011

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Hello from Washington DC!!

It was an early, early morning and some hectic rushing through airports, but I landed safe and sound this morning!  Lessons learned in the airport:  (1) when they say hold on to your boarding pass, that doesn’t mean throw it in the bin with your sweatshirt as you go through security; (2) a jar of peanut butter doesn’t get to go through to the gate and will get confiscated; (3) when you pack a Tiger Tail in your carry on, security finds it suspicious and checks your luggage; and (4) all of the above happening will make you come very close to missing your flight.

Despite some minor hold ups, I made it to my gate in Grand Rapids with (literally) seconds to spare!  I dozed off a bit on the flight from Detroit to DC, but I’ve been on the go since I landed!  I grabbed a quick breakfast from Einstein Brothers Bagels at the airport before venturing off to find the airport.

Seemingly more important than food, I got coffee.  After checking into the hotel, I headed towards the Expo.  It’s such a small world, I was sitting on the Metro and who do I see, but Beth and Liz!  I walked around the Expo with them for awhile before they had to head to work.

I got the opportunity to meet Bill Rodgers who won the New York Marathon twice and was actually the first male winner of the River Bank Run in Grand Rapids!  I was definitely more stoked to learn that than about the NYM, with the hometown connection and all.  He was a super nice guy, so I’m glad I waited in line to say hey.

After I left the Expo, I stopped along the route back to the hotel.  I’m not 100% sure where I got off, but I knew I was in the general vicinity of the National Mall and the monuments.  Fortunately, the Washington Monument is pretty hard to miss, so I headed in that general direction.

I saw some of the sights along the way – some buildings were familiar and others I’m not actually 100% sure what they were, but they seemed important since there were lots of tourists around! 😉 Plus, the architecture and the history that surrounds this city are both spectacular!

The Gilmore Girls fan in me was really excited to come across the national headquarters for the Daughters of the American Revolution.  If it weren’t for that show, I definitely would have kept right on walking, but I couldn’t resist stopping!

After awhile of walking around, I was beyond ready for something to eat!  I wanted something that was unique to DC and came across the Xchange, which boasts that it’s DC’s oldest sports saloon.  I don’t know if that’s true, but I really didn’t care – they had food!

I got the veggie burger with monterrey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, and mushrooms, along with a side of fries.

As much as I was loving exploring DC, it was really nice to sit down and relax for a bit.  Perhaps my TOMS were not the best shoes for walking around all afternoon, particularly not right before a half marathon!  My feet were getting a bit achy!

The restaurant was just a couple blocks from the White House, so that was my last sightseeing stop of the afternoon!  It was cool to see President Obama’s casa.

The funny thing about seeing all of these sights is that I was in DC when I was around 13 or so years old, but I definitely did not appreciate it all then.  It’s fun to be back when I’m older and get really excited to see it all!

I made one final stop before hopping on the Metro:  Starbucks.  The 4 am wake up call was definitely hitting me by this point.  I grabbed a soy caramel macchiato and a miniature sized carrot cake muffin as an added little treat!

It’s been such a long, but wonderful day thus far!  I’m headed off to dinner tonight with some blog friends!

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Heather March 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

le sigh.
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Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg March 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

So jealous of your trip! Good luck in the race!
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Courtney March 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I live in the area and it’s fun to see my world through the eyes of someone else.

Some of our engagement pics were taken on the balcony/columns in the background of that DAR Constitution Hall pic. And the Xchange is the bar we head to for beer & flipcup after our kickball games on the mall.

Glad you’re enjoying your time. 🙂

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