After leaving the lake on Monday, we made a quick stop in Asheville to pack up our things for the next leg of our journey. We drove six hours to Nate's cousin Chris' house near Washington D.C. and headed to bed early to prepare for our big tourist day.
Tuesday we toured D.C. as fast as we possible could! We biked 9 miles from Chris's house, through Arlington and into downtown, with a quick stop at Trader Joe's for breakfast. We quickly rode by the Marine Coorps Memorial before locking our bikes up and walking around Arlington cemetery. Even though we were only there for about twenty minutes, the cemetery was Nate's favorite part of our day. Next, we did a whirlwind bike tour of the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, the White House, the Supreme Court and the Department of the Treasury. We're not really "tour" people so being on bikes was a good way to drive by all of the popular places. After lunch, we walked through the Library of Congress (my personal favorite) and the Air and Space Museum. Next, it was a very long nine mile ride home!
Neither of us did a very good job of anticipating the large amount of riding, locking up our bikes, and walking we would have to do, but overall we were glad we got to see so many historical places in one day! I was also glad we went right after July 4th. We got through the entire day with only a few arguments about where to find food. :) We get pretty grumpy when we're hungry. Next time we'd like to spend more time at the Smithsonian museums, the Library of Congress, and Arlington National Cemetery. We also didn't get to go to the National Archives Museum, the National Botanical Gardens or the National Zoo. Next time I guess!
On Wednesday, we drove through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to have lunch with Nate's great aunt, Lynn. She fixed us the sweetest lunch (and picnic dinner) and we had the best time visiting and catching up. We also got to meet her daughter-in-law and cute grandkids! After meeting Lynn, I've now met all of the living Koerber siblings!
Also, side note, it's true! It really is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey!
Late Thursday night we arrived at Nate's mom's parents' house in Fort Ann, NY. While here, Nate's been in early-morning-fishing, four-wheel-driving, lawn-mowing, food-eating paradise!
Saturday morning, we packed up and 4-wheeled into the Mitchell camp, four miles into the Adirondacks. Camp is this beautiful little cabin right next to stream where Nate and his uncle, Andy, fished to their hearts' delight. The cabin is outfitted with generated electricity, running water, five beds, and more. We grilled, fished, hiked, read, relaxed, and made smores, and it was SO fun! We spent the night and drove back on Sunday night.
For those who care, I just finished book number four. Only twenty-six to go!