Last summer we took the kids to the Seattle area and surrounding islands. I LOVED it. Especially Orcas Island.
This year we've tossed around several ideas---Mexico (unsafe and don't have passports), Florida (been there, done that), Hawaii (wwaaay too expensive flight prices), the list is long. One of our favorite places to visit is San Diego, but we always end up nearer Los Angeles at the end of our trips. Why not go officially visit LA? We went to our local book reseller and picked up Frommer's LA guide and needed to begin our research. With three kids of much different ages, we have to plan ahead or there is drama.
The thing is, no one, including Lee and me, seemed all that hyped about it. We just couldn't seem to sit down and get started.
Just yesterday, I think the grownups in our family have decided that it's time to head to Washington, DC. The following is a note for my kiddos:
Yes, lots of walking. Yes, museums. Yes, it might be hot with no beach in sight. Yes, we might do something that one or two in our family don't want to do.
It's Washington, DC. It's amazing! We'll see something, or a bunch of somethings, that you'll never forget. We will look at guides and find something each of you want to see every day. It is the birthplace of what makes our country great. Yes, there is a lot of grousing at our house about government the last 8 years----but goodness knows that's what makes it great. We CAN grouse and grumble and make jokes.
Yes, we'll take breaks from sightseeing. We'll be in a hotel with a pool. We'll go see a movie. We'll eat ice cream every day. What's not to love about ice cream every day! You certainly can not get that at home!
If you want to poke around a website that has information before we head back to the 1/2 Price Bookstore to get a Frommer's guide, then here it is.
I am firmly of the belief that if everyone in this country could take a free vacation, it should be to D.C. There is soooo much there that has everything to do with government, but even more stuff to do with our history as a nation and as a world. Goodness, everyone needs to see Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz just once in their lives!
If you can't decide where you should go this summer. Go to D.C. You'll be glad you did.