Monday, September 7, 2009
Washington DC Trip, the rest
I'm still feeling a little dizzy from the flights and the change of time zones and the end of our trip, but it was such a great time, and so needed for us. Here's the rest of the journaling and pictures.
On Friday we started the real reason we went to Washington DC--my best friend Maria, was getting married. She got married on Saturday morning, so Friday we went to pick up our rental car (have to have a car to get to Baltimore; the metro simply doesn't go that far...) which was an utter fiasco, but we eventually (after 3 hours of chasing up and down stairs and arguing with managers) got the car. We had planned on about 20 minutes to get the car, plus another hour for driving, and we had hoped to be able to see a museum or two before leaving for Baltimore, but we were so exhausted after the mess with the car that we went back to the hotel and took a nap.
The drive to Baltimore (well, the outskirts of Baltimore, that is) was completely uneventful, and we arrived with plenty of time. We found a Wal-Mart and got some souvenirs for the kids and a couple of hot dogs for us. The hot dog place didn't have anything but a deep fryer and a microwave, so the lady microwaved the buns and deep fried the hot dogs. It was our first time ever having a deep fried hot dog. Other than being a heart attack on a bun, they weren't bad! That evening we had the "Wedding Party" at a restaurant there, and I finally got to see the bride and groom. We walked into the restaurant and I had to go to the bathroom so bad that I didn't even stop to make sure Maria was there. I ran to the restroom and tugged on the door; it was stuck, so I tugged again, and then it opened and a lady was in there and said "Pardon me..." and then I looked again and it was Maria! I yelled her name and we laughed as we hugged each other. So, I was able to go to the bathroom and find the bride at the same time.
The party was fun and we got to meet a lot of the family and friends who had also come very far for this wedding. I'm sure Maria and Ben appreciated it. After the party, we went home, and got to drive the famous DC beltway at night, which goes right by the temple (one of the few buildings you can actually see from the beltway, as it is surrounded by tall trees). I tried to take a picture of the stunning temple all lit up at night, but the camera would have none of that.
The next morning, Saturday, we got up early, bought Dunkin' Donuts on the way, and went to the wedding at the temple. It was beautiful. The sealer made some wonderful comments on covenants and promises, and had some great advice too. Finally, when they'd both said "yes" and been pronounced husband and wife for time and all eternity, we gave hugs and kisses and came down to wait. (And wait we did!) Maria and Ben had chosen a Renaissance themed wedding, non traditional to say the least, so the other bridesmaids and I had to change our clothes. The groomsmen wore tunics also. We took pictures on the temple grounds and then went to the Maryland Renaissance festival for the reception/party after. Reception is a loose word; it was more like, "Come to the Ren fest and hang out with us there, if you want!" It was a good time, and we loved being with Maria and Ben. Cody and I wished we'd brought more water, and after a few hours were pretty tuckered out. We said goodbye to Maria and Ben and went back to the hotel.
We perked up after a rest, lots and lots of water, and a shower. Then we took the Metro out for one last special dinner. We found a little dinky Thai restaurant and had fabulous Phad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice. Then, we went back and tried to get to bed early.
Sunday morning was fly-out day, so we got up really early and checked out. We missed several turns while we were downtown, which got us to the airport slightly later (not a problem, as I really overshot my timing guestimates). Those wrong turns actually ended up being really great, as we got to drive by a few places Cody had really wanted to see--the Thomas Jefferson Monument, Arlington Cemetary, and the Pentagon.
After that, the flights were very uneventful and we had simple, safe travels. Our flight from Houston to Salt Lake was on a tiny little Express jet full of BYU (blegh!) fans all pumped up from the big game against Oklahoma. Sheila and Jordan were kind again to pick us up from the airport, and then we drove home to see our kids. Anna gave me the tightest hug when she saw me, which was so refreshing.
Thanks again to everyone who helped us on our trip! It was a really special time for Cody and I, and we could not have done it without you.
And that, folks, is our great big Washington DC trip. Phew!