Tuesday started out much the same as Monday. I drove The Hubs and D3 to the Navy Yard. D4 jumped into the front seat to talk me through the construction and ensure that we did NOT end up on any highway adventures. She did an amazing job. In no less than 6 minutes, we were back safely to our apartment.
I had some work to do, and we straightened up the apartment and had a light breakfast. One of the exciting parts of staying in the neighborhood we’re staying in (for me) is that it is about 2 blocks from the childhood home of John Philip Sousa. (Band Geek alert) I was thrilled; D4…not so much. On the same street was Christ Church Washington Parish, opened in 1806. It is still an active parish, and currently being renovated. After we toured Sousa’s neighborhood we continued our walk over to an area pharmacy to pick up a few items. We took a different route back, enjoying the beautiful houses and discussing how much this neighborhood reminded us of Dublin, Ireland.
When The Hubs and D3 got home we told them about our awesome walk, and we decided as a group to take the Metro to see the sights today. D4 was a little bit concerned about the Metro and had many questions. We assured her this would be as safe or safer than Mommy driving in DC. She agreed. Besides, she really wanted to see The White House.
We made our short walk to the Metro, taking The Hubs and D3 past the Sousa house Christ Church. They were much more excited about it than Daughter Number Four had been. It was a nice walk to the Metro and a short ride to our stop. D4 handled it very well, considering she had never been on a subway before, and doesn’t remember being on any train larger than the train at our local zoo.
We walked toward the White House, but the roads were closed off due to something that was happening at the White House. We took the opportunity to walk around the area, and even got to pet a Park Services horse named Big Mac.
We finally got to see the White House. We walked around to the other side and sat and people watched. We rode the Metro back to our stop and then walked back to the apartment. After a short rest we resumed our sight-seeing and walked to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, on the back of the Navy Yard. It was a lovely stroll and we saw the USS Barry (DD-993). On our way back we stopped in a grocery store and picked up dinner. We walked back to our apartment, weary and rewarded from our day.
I whipped up dinner when we got back, and we enjoyed some spaghetti and meatballs along with an assortment of olives and baguette we had picked up. Oh, and wine. We enjoyed the wine.
The crew was definitely ready for bed after our day of sight-seeing and enjoying our morsels; especially when I told them we had logged 10 miles by foot that day. It had definitely been a long day. Did I mention we enjoyed the wine?