FEBRUARY 14, 2014 (Friday)
Happy Valentine’s Day! And, happy birthday Brad!
Woke up to SUNSHINE! Was so nice to see. It was absolutely beautiful.
We left our Williamsburg “home” around 10:30 AM. We went to the registration office because I wanted to get on line and print out another parking coupon I had seen. It was much cheaper ($20.00 day as opposed to $40.00 or $50.00 a day). I could not print it out but I did get the phone number and telephoned and made the parking arrangements. It doesn’t look like the parking facility is horribly far from our hotel in midtown Manhattan. We’ll see tomorrow and we’ll let you know.
We drove for awhile and then stopped for lunch. It was off Highway 155, forgot the name of the little town. There was a DQ and an Exxon station – so we got gas ($3.16 gallon), ate, went to the bathroom, and then hit the road again. The trip to Baltimore was approximately 200 miles (almost 4 hours). We were a little concerned about snow but the skies stayed blue the whole time. You could see as we headed North, the snow kept getting deeper and deeper. We weren’t sure if we wanted to go into Washington D.C. because of the snow, but decided once we got close to go ahead and go for it.
When we got into Washington D.C., we were surprised at the amount of snow everywhere. It was lovely. So grateful we had clear roads and clear skies. We knew, because of the snow, they had closed down Washington DC one day during the week (I think Wednesday), but were glad to see the museums and businesses were open today. We drove around and saw many of the museums, Senate, Library of Congress, Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington Monument, etc. We finally found parking on the street and went inside the Air and Space Museum. Michael was so excited. Glad to see him so excited about all the exhibits. We didn’t stay very long but we did get to see most of it.
After Washington D.C., it was about the drive into Baltimore. Traffic was backed up because of accidents, but it went surprisingly well. We were grateful for a safe journey, without incident. We got into our Sheraton around 5:00 PM. We were disappointed when they said they had overbooked the hotel and they only had a king sized bed for us – but they could put in a roll-away. We did get free wi-fi, however, so it worked out. (Wi-fi is normally $9.95.)
Michael and I went downstairs to the Sheraton restaurant and had dinner. We each got the penne pasta with sundried tomatoes, asparagus, and baby spinach. We also got a side salad, and I got a mud slide drink. Everything was excellent. I was a little concerned at how few people were eating there, but I guess it was still early. It was a lovely environment and excellent food. (Lexi went to a nearby fast food restaurant and got her dinner.)