Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Posted by Vanessa at 1:01 PM
Friday, December 19, 2008
Darrell decided that he was going to take Wednesday off of work, and since I was off, that's when we would go. I figured it won't be that busy since it's in the middle of the week, and since it's so close to Christmas Break, people were just going to wait until kids were out of school
It's only an hour drive from Tampa, so we left around 9am, and spent the whole day there.
Posted by Vanessa at 9:30 PM
Monday, December 8, 2008
I guess I should blog this before the year is over.
I have had quite a few people ask me why I haven't blogged my trip to Washington DC. Honestly, we were just so many people, and they all blogged it, I thought, why bother. But I do have friends that aren't friends with the people I went with, and thought, now is as good of a time as any.
Plans for this trip started many many months before. There was discussion to where and when, and kept going around and around. With the possibility of ~30 women taking part of this GTG, you can imagine how many different places were put out there! Then awesome Shelby told us she was running the Marine Corps Marathon October 26 in Washington DC, and so that is how we came up with the time and place.
The cheapest flight from Tampa was to Baltimore (BWI), so because I flew in to an airport NOT in Washington, I had to take a shuttle to the train station. A train to the metro station. And a metro to, just a few blocks from, the hotel.
I met Megan at BWI, and we were able to chat for about an hour, while we waited for Jenn and Lauren. At least there were 4 of us to make the trip to the hotel. Any of you who know me, know that I can barely find my way out of a paper bag.
Once we got to the hotel, there were already a bunch of the ladies there. And so there, our weekend began!!
Friday night consisted of A LOT of drinking. One of the ladies' husband came along for the trip because she just had a baby, and he was THE MAN of the evening! He played bartender all night long!
We (Danialle, Jenn, Lauren, Megan and I) made plans that Saturday was going to be the day to go check out the White House, and the monument side of the National Mall. As soon as we got off the metro to begin our walk, it started to drizzle rain. We thought no big deal, what's a little sprinkle, and continued walking. Once we got to the White House, the rain really started coming down. I still can't remember WHY we didn't stop and turn around, and think of something else to do. But here are some pictures of our day in the rain:
The National Christmas Tree
We finally got back to the hotel, soaking wet. Took showers, and headed out to dinner at McCormick & Schmicks Grille. Joining us for dinner at M&S: Danialle, Katie Sue, Megan, Lauren, Kaitlin, Skye, Jenn and I.
The next day was "Cheer on Shelby!" Day. While we hurried to different mile markers to see Shelby, we went to the National Mall, saw the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, and the Reflecting Pond.
To get to where Shelby was finishing the marathon, we had to take another metro. For that we had to go up one of the longest escalators!
At the finish line
One of the few group shots of the weekend. There are a lot of people missing from this picture, because most people left on Sunday, all throughout the day.
Posted by Vanessa at 4:33 PM