I just arrived home from a long weekend trip of sightseeing, exploring and cheering at a local sporting event in Washington D.C.! Granted there was an extreme heat advisory the entire trip and every day temps felt close to 106 degrees. (Why wouldn't it be the hottest weekend of the summer while we're visiting?) In case you aren't aware, I have red hair--strawberry blonde to be exact-- and fair skin, so the heat took a toll on my mind and body. I'm telling you now, the answer to any questions you might have while reading this are yes and trust me I know! Questions like-did she wear a t-shirt every day, isn't this blog about fashion? Or gosh her hair looks horrible and her face is beat red. It was sooooo hot!!!
Here are some highlights:
Traveling: I enjoy flying and genuinely like traveling. We went with another couple, including a friend, Tina. On the flight there Tina, my boyfriend Todd and I were in a row and Tina's husband got a seat across the aisle. I know Todd loved sitting in the same row with Tina and I as we were so excited and didn't shut up the whole flight. Plus we obviously needed cocktails. Enter one of my favorite lines: "Who cares we're on vacation!"
Sight Seeing: Todd and I agree that the best part of the trip was our sunset Segway tour around the city. We wanted a cool (temperature wise) and a cool (hip wise) way to see the city so we signed up! I actually wasn't nervous at all until like an hour before. I figured we'd be a little shaky at first but would eventually get the hang of it. It didn't help that before the ride Todd kept telling me to slow down on the margaritas because they wouldn't let me ride one. Like again I'm on vacation. We arrived for orientation, (I popped like ten breath mints) and the fun began!
Here are our practice runs before the tour:
Exploring the Past: Todd and I are quasi history buffs, or at least we enjoy visiting museums. So naturally, while we were in our nation's capital we wanted to hit up some tourist destinations. We went to The Archives and saw the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which was really neat. We also went to the Newsuem-our favorite- which is a museum whose mission statement is the First Amendment. Newsuem houses portions of the Berlin Wall, an area dedicated to 9-11 and one of the neatest parts was a three story map of the world, color coordinated by free press. Only 1 out of every 7 people lives in a country that is considered to have free press, which I found mind blowing. We also went to the Smithsonian Natural History museum and the National Geographic museum.
Watching Local Sports: I love going to sporting events! We planned to go to a Nationals game and I literally couldn't wait! I was excited, not because I like baseball, which is probably my 3rd or 4th favorite sport to watch, but more excited for the experience. I've only been to one other major league stadium, so I was pumped! And you get to drink beer all day long. (Again, we were on vacation.) After my friend purchased the tickets, I quickly began to get concerned about where the sun would be during our visit. I knew I'd be the one in the corner putting on sunscreen but I wanted to know where our seats would be in relation to the sun. As annoying as that is, Tina is one of my besties so she obliged.
We got lunch and drinks before the game outside and it felt great in the shade. We walk into the stadium and of course we are literally in direct sunlight. I immediately had to apply sunscreen and chug water, but it wasn't enough.
I had to leave the seats multiple times to find relief at one of those watering stations where a giant fan blows water on you. I even tried using an umbrella to find some shade. (Temps at the game were over 100 degrees and again, I have red hair.)
All things considered we had a wonderful trip!!! I got to spend time with my friends and my love!
Here are some more pictures from the trip: