Well, we went to the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC, this past weekend and had a lovely time. There was a meet and greet Friday night at our hotel, then the walk on Saturday. Weather could NOT have been better – it was in the 70s and sunny. Yes, the start to the day was a bit cooler, but since we were walking, it didn’t take long to warm up. Our family took the Fun Walk (1 mile) but there is also a 3 mile walk (the main walk) which we have participated in in the past. Hopefully next year we will be in better physical shape and will participate in the full walk.
We found out just how out of shape we were Friday night. After the meet and greet, we went to get our son something to eat. Adult finger foods aren’t really his thing so we set out to get something more to his liking. My husband used Google Maps and found a Wendy’s just a short distance away. We set out, only to find that the location is an empty lot. So…we tried another app and found that it was this other direction. We went that way…and found nothing. Sigh. By this point we had easily walked a mile and a half, and it was starting to get dark. I wasn’t entirely comfortable being out on the streets of Washington in the dark, but well, there you have it. After a little more searching, we finally gave up and started back. My poor son was so tired at this point he didn’t even want dinner. (I should add that he had had a good snack at about 4:30 so it wasn’t as if he hadn’t eaten all day.) All in all, we walked a bit over four miles on Friday.
Somehow a four-mile warm-up for a one-mile walk doesn’t really work out well if you aren’t in good shape. I was really feeling the Friday night adventure Saturday morning. If I had been more awake, I’d have taken a pain killer before walking more, but I wasn’t and I didn’t. Sigh. Lesson learned. We took a cab to the walk because we woke up late and were running behind, walked the walk , and then walked the 1.8 miles to the hotel. By this time I was REALLY ready to be done. But no, there’s more… LOL.
After the walk back to the hotel, we checked out and headed out to Sterling, Virginia. Well, to be more precise, Dulles, Virginia, out near Dulles Airport. The Air and Space Annex is out there and is a wonderful place to explore. Among other things, that is the house of the space shuttle Discovery. It is fascinating to see that up close – it is truly an impressive sight. And there is so much more to see there. We spent a couple of hours exploring and then sought out our hotel for the evening. It felt really great to sit down and relax in peace and quiet. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. We rarely get a weekend away to spend time with our son, one on one, so it really meant a lot to be able to do this. I think he really had a great time. I would like to think that he will cherish these memories.