Washington Road Trip Creeps Closer

It’s not time for us to hit the road for Washington, DC yet. There is still some waiting to do. However, it might be time to start thinking about packing up the camera bag and making sure the batteries are charged. Maybe. There are still a bunch of things that need to be done before we go. I mean, I can’t leave the house for multiple days until the cat’s litter box is changed. Like, really.

I still don’t know what we’re going to do when we get there. All I do know is that if we’re walking around I am going to need to stop and take a rest every 10–15 steps.

I am so out of shape it’s stunning. I have never once in my entire life actually been in shape, but right now is the worst it has ever been. By far. I mean, not even close. What’s worse, the older I get the worse it gets and the harder it is going to be to lose weight. I know that. I don’t want to go under the knife but with the way I am going right now I might not have any other viable option. I’m in my 40’s and I am dangerously overweight. Nice going, you fat ass.

So whatever we do, we will probably be taking cabs or the subway unless it’s way out of town, in which case we’ll drive. I don’t think I am physically capable of walking from one end of the National Mall to the other like I did on my first couple of trips to DC. We did a shit load of walking during our honeymoon visit and if I remember correctly it was about 952 degrees out. That much hiking isn’t happening this time.

I believe I mentioned before that I made a list of places we haven’t visited before, highlighted a couple of personal favs, and then forwarded it to my wife who also highlighted some favs. Here’s what we have highlighted (in no particular order):

National Gallery of Art
National World War II Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
Ford’s Theatre
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Spy Museum
National Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

I’m up for any of those, though I don’t think we’ll have time to hit them all.

One week after we get home we have a long weekend with the kids planned. Well, the vacation days involved are planned but the actual weekend events, not so much. I would like to do something with those days off, but just before then the kids will be coming home from a vacation with their father and step mother. I fear that they are not going to have the energy left for anything beyond sitting at home playing World of Warcraft and watching movies. Don’t get me wrong, that sounds like a super awesome weekend to me (though I don’t really play WoW), I am just hoping they will be up for something more than that.

When it comes to day trips I usually either look North to the White Mountains of New Hampshire or East to the ocean. These days the kids don’t have a whole lot of interest in either. I will admit that there is a lot of selfishness in the draw to those two places, and that comes from being a wannabe amateur photographer. I am always ready to shoot some random mountain waterfall, or the sun coming up over the ocean. You don’t need to ask me to go twice.

Lately I’ve been feeling a pull toward Cape Cod. Growing up, my family rarely went on big vacations but we could usually sneak off to the Cape for a weekend. We weren’t really beach people (it wasn’t until my first trip to San Diego that I realized I am, in fact, a moderate beach person) but we did a lot of salt water fishing and fun summery stuff. Don’t get me wrong though, going to the Cape is a nightmare on par with the most terrifying Clive Barker or Stephen King stories.

Traffic in Massachusetts is awful at best, and Cape traffic makes the rush hour shit shows on 93 and 128 look like a pleasant stroll down a deserted country lane. Much of my Cape Cod memories center around spending hours in the worst gridlock I’ve ever seen. Still though, it might be nice. My wife told me that one of her co-workers recently took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve never been to the islands. Maybe we could work out a day trip there. We’d have to leave home at 3:00 am and we’d have to go on a weekday… maybe it would be worth the struggle. I don’t know.

In the end I don’t care what we do with the time. I just want to spend it with my family. Time spent with them is time well spent, even if it is World of Warcraft and movies. I will always be up for a day like that with my wife and step kids. Always.