July 21st we, Todd, Ethan, Noah, my Mom, and I packed into our rented Malibu and started our journey to Washington DC. We all, including the boys, have always wanted to go to Washington DC and since we have less children at home or able to go on vacation we decided to do something different and go farther. We basically spent the same amount we have in the past because of less people. I thought it would be cool to take a picture of each state's welcome sign. I am just kind of corny like that. Todd and the boys loved the idea. We left at 9:45 Saturday night planning to drive until we reached Washington DC, both Todd and I would switch off. We live in Iowa. We planned on driving for 3 hours and then switching. This was the original plan. Todd started us off. We live close to an hour away from the Illinois border and some how we missed the welcome sign. We were not too concerned because we knew we had to drive through it again on our way home. The plan was Todd was going to wake me when we were close to Indiana so I can take a picture. I was just starting to get comfortable as much as I could in a car seat. Just as a car sped by I saw a deer on the side of the road and called out "Deer!" Todd slowed down quickly and the deer jumped out of the way. He never saw it and thankfully the car speeding by scared the deer and made it turn off the road. If it were not for the car or myself our vacation would have ended 30 minutes within the state of Illinois. Now anyone who knows me, and I am sure there are a few of you, know I am a worrier. Yes, this was enough for me to worry and not sleep. I was on Deer duty from that moment on. Indiana came upon us and Todd pulled over on the side of the road for me since it was dark.
We finally made it to Maryland and then we started to see Washington DC signs and we knew we were close. Our hotel was actually in Capital Heights, Maryland.
Our Captain for most of the 16 hours drive.
Two of the Three passengers in the back. Ethan refused to have his picture taken.
2012 Vacation Day 1 ~ The Drive
2012 Vacation Day 2 ~ Washington D.C.
2012 Vacation Day 2 ~ WWII Memorial
2012 Vacation Day 2 ~ The Lincoln Memorial
2012 Vacation Day 3 ~ Washington D.C.
2012 Vacation Day 3 ~ The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
2012 Vacation Day 4 ~ Washington D.C.
2012 Vacation Day 5 ~ Delaware
2012 Vacation Day 6 ~ Pennsylvania
2012 Vacation Day 7 ~ Cleveland, Ohio