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We took to the road in our new car where I (Lindsey) super appreciated the new dual climate control and heated seats.  I was no longer frozen out by the icy blast of air Phil had to have all the time while driving.

We chose to drive so we could wander up and down the coast. We headed north after work on Thursday and arrived in Raleigh. It was a ghost town because everyone headed to the coast for the 4th. Our luck, we managed restaurant reservations at a great Italian restaurant that is usually packed and unable to get into.

Friday we woke up and traveled to DC. We stayed downtown near Dupont Circle for a night so we could walk around and attend a Nationals game. It was all perfect except the exceptionally hot heat wave going on that week. DC just doesn’t have air conditioning like Charleston, especially our hotel room.  Ahhh, sleepless, hot night counting down the minutes until dawn. From then on, the heat zapped me despite my best effort to push on, go for a run downtown around the White House, and visit friends. It really took more out of me than Phil. I hadn’t taken so many naps as I did that week. Thank goodness our friends Doug & Vicki had room to entertain us for a few days and Phil could hang out with his best friend! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the hot baseball game, the hot late night walk to find food, the hot sleepless night in our beautiful hotel, and my super hot scenic run around the White House. But after that, I was heated out!

I will say, if you can’t find what you want to eat and wander around downtown DC, sometimes the best decision is just to get a bag of empanadas and head back to your hotel room. Best decision we made that week!

Doug & Vicki were awesome hosts again and we enjoyed Jaleo DC, Great Falls Park, Art of Video Games exhibit, a canoe trip, and Ben’s Chili Bowl! We bid adieu on Tuesday and traveled to Williambsurg so Wednesday we could do up Busch Gardens! Williamsburg is awesome and I got to see my friend & coworker Ellyn! Loved her town, her kids, and the roller coasters! Roller coasters were the perfect end to a fun road trip together!