Started the day off with another run (5.5 mi). I got slightly lost on the way back but it was fine. We did breakfast at the hotel which was again . . . okay (perhaps less than okay, because one of the staff kept chastising everyone for using the wrong trash can, even though the trash cans were not marked in any obvious way and we basically just sat there feeling like second graders in a school cafeteria rather than hotel guests, but whatevs).
Then we headed to the Washington Monument – we had tickets we scored online (“large group” option since there are 7 of us – it worked!).
Mall + Museums
We needed a bathroom, so we started with the Museum of American History just because it was the closest. It actually turned out to be pretty cool! My mom was excited about the Julia Child exhibit. AND at this point we were hungry so we headed to the cafeteria with low expectations and were pleasantly surprised.
Some kids had chicken fingers + other kids/adults had more interesting fare like a southwest option that included sautéed hibiscus!
Then we headed to Air & Space. We had 2pm tickets and at first were dismayed to find a line out the door BUT it went fast once they opened the doors to our group. We watched a planetarium show and at least 3 of us napped. (Sightseeing is tiring!)
Then we headed to the sculpture garden and fountain there. LOVE this area.
Then — as one does — we ended up just hanging out on the mall. We had ice cream and kids played. It was relaxing and we were SO lucky with yesterday’s weather!
Dinner @ Jaleo
We ate at Jaleo (one of your recs). I had TWO Jose Andres restaurants on our itinerary and I am not sorry about it! This was one of my favorite meals . . . ever?!
Kids were great and tried pretty much everything including squid + rabbit confit. Our server (who was awesome!) was impressed.
Once at the hotel I recorded a podcast ep on travel-related thoughts in real time. It was a great day AND I just slept 10 hours because I 100% needed it. (No run today).
We are headed on a little day trip + rented a car for the day (Turo!). AND it’s A’s bday!!!! Definitely will celebrate our newly 11 year old today.
Okay! To be continued!