Although I was not planning to make these sorts of posts on this blog, this trip was too interesting to pass over without some kind of mention. We had several encounters, both expected and not, that made this trip a trip to remember.
Our first incident worth logging happened on Monday, March 4. We had just gone on 2 hikes, both of short duration but with heavy elevation change and rewarding views. We were all tired and ready to eat and rest, when we drove right over a nail. We ended up spending three hours on the side of the road because one of our lug-nuts was fused to the tire, and the mechanics had to use a power saw for an hour straight to get it off. By the time we got back to the resort, we had no snack bars, pretzels, or chips left at all.
The next thing worth noting was our trip to Washington, DC. It was a mess trying to find a parking space, as it seemed like everything was full. We went to the Smisthsonian Air and Space Museum, and it was really cool. There were exhibits of early planes, military rockets, and satellites, to name some of the broadest categories. We rode in the fighter pilot simulator, which turned 360 degrees around, and cost $8 a person. Richard ended up accidentally being both the gunner and the pilot when he was supposed to be just the gunner, and so his plane was constantly flipping and our mom didn’t realize it until too late.
We also walked around in the Mall, though the center was blocked off for renovation. We walked by the Washington Monument and the WWII Memorial. We also went into the National Museum of Natural History for a little while, and saw one of the biggest diamonds in the world. And that was when our dad left for the conference with Faulkner. He will not come back till Sunday, March 10, and we miss him. On the way out from the city I tried to snag a photo of the White House, but I had to take it through a lot of trees from a great distance, so it doesn’t look that great.
Today we went to the water park. It had 3 tube slides, 5 body slides, a giant playground, a lazy river, and best of all, this thing called The Flow Rider. It is basically a slope with water streaming up it to create an artificial, nonmoving wave. The staff gives you a boogie board and you have to jump into the middle of the wave and try to stay there; if you are feeling adventurous, you can attempt to stand up and do tricks. The line is always long and slow, but the wait is rewarding, despite the bruises, bumps, and swallowed water one usually picks up.