Yep, with mild weather in 2013, Judy and I took the opportunity to drive down to Washington, DC in the final days of 2013. Kids old enough to leave home, and the Canadian Dollar (briefly) doing quite well on the USD it was as an opportunity for us to explore. We also took the opportunity to book a spot right down by The Mall, and checked into The York Apartments that had suites avail for a reasonable rate during the Christmas break. Bonus this was also a few blocks just off The Lincoln Memorial.
Judy and I took the opportunity to also rent BIXIE bikes for the first time: and these were great to get around so we could extend out wandering around the Tidal Basin to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, as well as to the Smithsonian and the US Capital, Library of Congress, and even check out The White House and visitor center for the festive décor.
We also stumbled upon the Fairfax 4 Miler race, and of course Judy had to join.
That night, we though we would watch fireworks somewhere special – and took short stroll to Lincoln Memorial. Looks like there are no fireworks on The Mall, though there was a State Park ranger at the monument that evening to keep things in order. A few dozen international students arrived, and took photo ops. The countdown comprised of the ranger using his IPAD to count down to midnight, and declare ‘happy new years’.
Welcome to 2014.