From DC with Blisters

April 30th, 2010

Josh and I are currently enjoying a little Babymoon. We headed to Baltimore for a long weekend of sightseeing and baseball watching. The real point of the trip is to see the Boston Red Sox play at Camden Yards tomorrow and Sunday but as long as we were in the Eastern region, we caught a train down to Washington DC today to soak in a bit of tourist-clad culture.

We arrived in DC at about 10:45 and proceeded to walk for the next six hours. Between looking at maps and the input of my city-dwelling aunt, we estimate that we hiked between 12 and 15 miles today. And I have the blistered, sun burnt feet to prove it.

Holy hell, that’s a lot of walking. I wore my great Merrell sandals, and while I still think they’re pretty great — what shoe can really protect your poor feet against that kind of abuse? — I do have a fairly impressive blister on the ball of my left foot and a nice criss-crossed sunburn pattern adorning both. It’s sexy.

Today was mostly a tour-de-monuments. We started at the Capitol, then marched down the Mall, stopping to admire the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial (which neither of us had seen but both liked a lot), the Vietnam Wall (my favorite), the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial.

(That’s me, bonding with FDR’s bronzed doggie. He appears non-plussed by the attention.)

In the midst of all that, we popped into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to admire a couple exhibits and grab some lunch. The day wrapped up with dinner at my aunt’s house (to which we decided to walk after our already-long day of stomping. It was not my best decision ever.) before we dragged our weary bods back onto the train and headed back to Maryland.

If I can walk tomorrow, the plan is to stomp around the cute Chesapeake Bay town we’re staying in (north of Baltimore), enjoy the water, and chill out before heading down to the city for the big game.

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