The District

This is a belated post but I’m finally getting around to finishing up trip stuff. I finally have reliable internet again and working on a laptop instead of a tiny little tablet (makes it easier to post updates).

Washington D.C.

I currently live close to here but this is only the second time I’ve visited this city. You could spend a week here and still not see everything. We arrived in the a.m. and were excited to get off the Crescent train. Busy’s friend from high school picks us up at Union Station. We store our bags in her trunk and set off to explore a bit of the city.

Eleven of the 19 Smithsonian museums are located in the National Mall. Take advantage of the close proximity and FREE admission! We only have a few hours in DC, so we manage one museum and then a bit of Capitol Hill before heading up to Chinatown for lunch.

This whole trip I’ve wanted to eat at food trucks. I finally get to experience the food truck grub in DC. Most had veggie options and one truck was strictly vegan. After lunch we are getting tired, a combo of end of the trip and sun, so we drive by the rest of the National Mall that we didn’t see on foot. We cruise by the White House, the Washington Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. We also cross over to Virginia a bit and see a bit of the exterior of Arlington. We head out of town but make a stop at Gallaudet University before heading to our overnight stay in Maryland. The next morning was an early one, so it was nice to have dinner in and a home cooked meal. Our next stop is Boston.

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The District

Boston

By far our shortest time in a place is here in Boston. Sad too because no one has been here before. I immediately start to fall in love with this area. The train ride north from DC was a relaxed, quick trip. The scenery was distracting; I gazed out the window the entire time.
We get in and the weather is not as hot as it has been. At the hostel we had some issues checking in, but it is resolved somewhat quickly. Each floor of the building is decorated to match each subway line. We stayed on the green line. With our short stay we head out immediately. Grab a coffee at Thinking Cup right next to Boston Common. After coffee we go across the street to the park and have ice cream from a Ben & Jerry’s truck. By now we’re ready to go check out Cambridge, so we hop on the “T” to take us to Central Square. We dine at a veggie diner, which was a great place to relax over a beer and diner food. After dinner we walk up to Harvard Square and check out the school. It’s dark by now so we don’t get to explore too much. We do find the Harvard Book Store and I purchase another Notaro for my collection. After roaming around downtown a bit more we head back to get some sleep before our early departure to NYC!

I loved Boston immediately. I will make a trip back and stay a few days so I can experience all it has to offer. If you ever have the chance to go–just do it!

 

 

Boston

New Orleans

I have been lucky enough to visit this city twice now. The first time was back in college on a road trip and it was the year before Katrina. I’ve always wanted to return so this leg of the train trip I was greatly looking forward to.

As we are getting closer to our destination, the rain starts to fall. On this trip we have been blessed with decent weather. I was a bit bummed that Nola was going to be spoiled by the weather. By the time we arrived at the station the rain had more or less stopped, and with that some more humidity joined our plans.

We check in and head out to explore. The hotel is quaint and centrally located. It so happens that Beyoncè was in town on her tour so the city was a bit more packed with people heading to the concert. After seeing a few sites, a drug deal in the works, an almost knife domestic violence incident, we decide to head back to the room to relax. Dinner was tasty–a veggie corn dog. Dessert was even better at Cafe du Monde, a coffee with beignets.

Early start, the rest of the trip will be like this. Heading to DC and visiting a friend too. On the train on our way to Washington outside of Atlanta a car hits the train. So we get delayed a bit. Apparently this is not a big deal and happens more often than you would imagine. This train is my least favorite of all the trains I’ve been on. Feels more compact and it was dirtier. I’ll be ready to see DC again.

New Orleans

Chicago

I was recently told, at lunch by my server, that if San Francisco and New York City had a baby, Chicago would be that child. I’m not sure if I agree, since I’ve not been to NYC yet, but I understand his reference. Chicago is the best of two worlds. It is the perfect blend of west coast and east coast. It is so easy to get around this city.

We got in late to the city from the train and headed to check in at the hostel. It was a great location. We dropped off the bags and went to the game. Arriving half way through the game, we hurried to grab some food and make it to our seats. I had a delicious veggie dog and a Bar Fly IPA. The weather was perfect for enjoying a night of baseball. After the game we stayed for the fireworks. It was a great night of entertainment.

The next day I went to explore the rest of the city. We had lunch at a tasty Mexican joint. Then coffee around the corner near Printers Row–a cute neighborhood. I then wandered, the best way to see a place. That evening we were boarding the train again, so groceries were purchased and dinner was planned. Pizza in Chicago is always a good idea.

Chicago

Preparations for Summer

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Red-to visit, Green/Blue/Orange-visited

This summer I will circumnavigate the United States (the lower 48). I have this goal of visiting all fifty states before I turn fifty years old. I’ll be adding eleven more states to my total. The photo above shows the states I will be visiting on this trip alone.

I kick off my trip in Missouri. More posts about the rest of the trip soon.

Preparations for Summer