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12 Hours in DC

I am always so happy to have family come to visit. I hate living in Virginia by myself. My brother and his family came for Easter and gave me a challenge. They wanted to wake up and get to DC by 6AM to get tickets to the Department of the Treasury. We made it a little late so we weren't able to get tickets until 6:15PM. We had already paid for parking so we couldn't leave and come back. We had to stay in DC all day. I took the challenge.

As none of the museums were open we went to the Forestry Department museum and saw Smokey the Bear. Smokey scared Eli to death and the kids got posters that we had to drag around town all day. Then we went to the American History Museum. We saw parts of the museum I hadn't seen before. Then we walked to McDonald's and ate lunch all the way near Chinatown. Then we walked around the outside of the Archives because there was a 3 hour wait to get inside. Then we went to the National Gallery of Art, my favorite place in DC. Then we walked for the art gallery all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. I was in a lot of pain by then.

My cyst pain was enormous and I wanted to quit for the day but my sister-in-law had some ibuprofen I could take. After that I did ok. We walked from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Bureau of Engraving where they print money. Then we had to walk to the parking garage. We made it home and we ate at my house. I couldn't believe I did all of that. It was painful but I accomplished it. I fell asleep at 11:30 PM and woke up at 10:30 the next morning. According to my sister-in-law's pedometer we walked over 27,000 steps. We walked over 7 miles not counting the walking we did inside the museums and stairs. We did this with 8 children ages 18-1.

Would I do it again-- of course!

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