Saturday, October 29, 2011

First Day in DC for the Healing Trip

It took FOREVER to get to DC.  Usually I make my reservations way ahead and fly non stop for about an hour and a half. Never had a delayed flight, cancellation, anything.  This trip had to fly a different airline with a stop in NYC.  Delays at both Burlington and NYC.  I thought I'd get to DC about 9:30 but it was closer to midnight. No question that I was taking a taxi and not the Metro.  Got to Em's, muttered Happy Birthday and tried to fall asleep.  The operative word is tried.  I slept poorly and will probably pay for it later.
Emily on her way to Fuse Pilates

An early morning sunrise

We were up bright and early. Em went off to Pilates and I decided to go for a run. I wasn't quite ready to run in the dark alone in a major city so I took the Metro to the Smithsonian and by the time I got there it was light.  I took off and had hardly gone anywhere when I thought I saw someone I recognized. It was Katie from This Amazing Day who was also staring at me. We exchanged quick hellos as we crossed the road in opposite directions.  She had someone with her I didn't recognize but I hope I didn't ignore a blogger I know. I would especially upset to ignore Kandi, my Words with Friends pal who is running her first marathon this weekend. I hope to meet her on a trip down here but this one is a bit busy.  I ran in the opposite direction I usually do and headed along the Potamac "home."  It was a pleasant run, just over 4 miles.
Fall colors surprise me other places than Vermont.
I am a bit of a foliage snob but there are
pretty colors here.

I always like  this part of my run.

Soon I headed off to Em's job to pick her up to go to her doctor's appointment. It was the first time I had visited her here.
Visiting  Em at work

 Later I went out to lunch with her and three of her co workers.  Then I walked for a solid 2 1/2 hours, not strolled, walked!  I was beat. I went back to the Mall, walked from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, all around the Tidal Basin (my favorite walk in DC which had been closed) and then back to the Capitol and back to Em's work.
Walking around the Tidal Basin

A Chance to see a New Memorial

More color

Then it was out to supper to celebrate Em's bday where I laughed more than a little. Saturday will be mostly work with very little play!


misszippy said...

So funny you saw Katie! Small, small world.

And I think you brought your weather here...darn you!

Enjoy the weekend.

Christy Ashley said...

Are you going to be at MCM? I hope to see you cheering with Emily! Glad you're having such a great weekend!

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Enjoy DC. It is snowing in New England:)

RunToTheFinish said...

seriously DC wears me down because like you I walk every where to see everything! way to be a great mommy!!

Unknown said...

Brrr...I heard it's raining and snowing in DC! Enjoy the moments with Em and have fun!

Kate Geisen said...

Sounds like a great start to your trip...well, once you got there! I hope you had a good book to keep you company while you waited.

The trees look beautiful, even if they aren't Vermont trees, Ms. Stuck-up :) And what a great morning run!

Alisa said...

Way to be there for Emily!

Isn't that cool you ran into another blogger? I love that, it makes me feel like I'm in a special club or something.

Enjoy the rest of your time there.

Teamarcia said...

How fun once you got there and got some rest and a run. So cool you saw Katie! I need to run MCM already. Maybe next year. Wanna join me?

Char said...

What a huge day after only a little sleep!!
What's your Words with Friends name? Do you want another 'playmate'?

Katie said...

Haha! I was with Emily of speedlaces - we were both looking at you, wondering, um, is that Emily's mom, no, hmm, maybe, pink top, probably! I hope you had a great run, it was a GORGEOUS morning!

Kandi said...

Thanks for the shoutout! It definitely wasn't me but it would be cool to meet you someday.
Love all your pictures, as usual. I haven't been to the MLK memorial yet!

Anonymous said...

As usual great pics! too funny you saw Katie while out!

Anonymous said...

As usual great pics! too funny you saw Katie while out!