Monday, July 04, 2011
2011 Washington D.C. Day 4
With Morgan having to work on Tuesday, we got up fairly early and took everyone to breakfast at the Cafe de Parc in the historic Willard Hotel. After breakfast, we walked to the Metro Central and sent Morgan on her way to Union Station to catch a train back to New York. All of us were sad to see her go!
Heading back to the hotel, Sharon took a nap and I ran on the treadmill for an hour and 6 miles.
After getting cleaned up, Sharon, Jack and I walked about six or seven blocks to Trader Joes. The plan for the evening is to host a small get together at the hotel with drinks and hors d'oeuvres and then head over to the National Mall to watch the fireworks. We bought a couple of bags of drinks and food, wandered back out to Pennsylvania Avenue and caught a cab back to the hotel.
Sharon wandered off to do some shopping, while Jack and I relaxed in the room. Just as she was heading back, Jack and I took off to run a couple of errands. This crossing of paths resulted in an interesting comedy of errors.
When Sharon got back to the room, her key would not work. The front desk tried to reprogram the electronic lock, but it was completely dead. At this point, Jack and I showed up and joined Sharon sitting in the hall outside our room. Eventually, maintenance had to virtually break down the door to get into the room!
Once we got back into the room, we scurried around and got everything organized. Rob, Barb and Mary showed up about 5:30 p.m. We visited until about 8:00 p.m. At this point, we took off for the National Mall. The six of us walked to the Lincoln Memorial and found a great spot on the plaza in front of the Lincoln Memorial to watch the fireworks. We are all pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get there and find a spot.
It was a fantastic fireworks show! Sitting on the Lincoln Memorial and watching fireworks over the Washington Memorial is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July!
Afterwards, we wandered back to the hotel. Rob and Barb's daughter Maddy and a friend of hers joined us for a dessert of strawberry shortcake.
It was a very successful evening.