Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Am I crazy?

Well, wait. We already know the answer to that question. Yes.

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to go to Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms. I started looking into it about 5 years ago and brought it up to Aaron - he was completely uninterested. He has family down there - so it would be a relatively inexpensive trip - I'd just need to get there. But Aaron wasn't into it. And it wouldn't be fun alone.

But now, my mom is retired. She loves Washington, DC. So the two of us, along with the kids, are taking the train (8 hours!!!) from Boston to DC to see the cherry blossoms. Aaron thinks I'm being silly to take the kids...but I think it will be a blast.

We are taking the train on Wednesday the 21st - it's an 8 hour train ride, so we arrive there at 4:15 in the afternoon. Depending on how much luggage I have, maybe we'll look around when we get there. And also depends on the blossoms. I'm taking a bet that they are early this year. But we'll be there for 2 full days (leaving Saturday morning) - so I'm hoping to see the zoo, the blossoms, the air and space museum and the Natural History museum. Any one been there with little kids? Advice? Must sees?

I'm hoping that Maggie will nap in a stroller - I'm planning on bringing a double stroller. It'll be interesting! No matter what, I'll have a good story to come out of it, lol.


Rachel said...

Sounds awesome to me. I am guessing you know this, but there are multiple cars on an Amtrak train which have space for wheelchairs/enough space for a big double stroller full of stuff. So I would definitely suggest bringing your double stroller (presuming it fits through the door - feel free to e-mail me, I have done this many times in reverse, heading up to the Boston area). It's great to have a stroller for when the kids get tired, and if you bring a ratty blanket along you can set up a nice protected play space between the stroller and the wall (we do this on every train trip). The one thing you might consider lugging along is your smallest travel potty. My daughter took rather a while to get used to the train toilets, and since they tend to be gross by the end of the trip, it was a lot of time for me in the bathroom (baby bjorn makes a really small potty in addition to their big one. Ikea also has a $2 one which you can ditch in the train station if need be).

HereWeGoAJen said...

That sounds like fun! I've always wanted to go to DC.

Carrie27 said...

I will go to D.C. some day.

Serenity said...

DC is GREAT for young kids. The museums are free so you don't feel badly about going for an hour, the Metro goes everywhere you need, and it's very walker and kid-friendly.

Can't comment on the train/stroller issue, but I do know that Lucky napped easily in his stroller when we were walking when he was 18mo and there for a wedding.

Cam will LOVE the Air and Space Museum, if you can get him there. Lucky really also liked the Museum of Natural History and of course the National Zoo. All reachable by Metro and really, really fun. :)

Man, you have me dreaming of travelling now!!


Elizabeth said...

So much fun!!!!

Sukey said...

We used to go down to DC every year to visit the grandparents so I grew up on the Smithsonians and the Washington Mall. I loved the Space Museum, but also back then I wanted to be an astronaut/astrophysicist. Check out if there are any festivals on the mall when you are there. That can be fun too!