After working super late last night, I was not up quite as early as I had originally planned, so we didn’t hit the road until almost 8am – whoops! No regrets though – I desperately needed the sleep. Casey was a total champ and drove most of the way there so that I could sleep and recover. The car ride went by really quickly, since we were so excited to get to DC!
In weird late night post-work delirium, I stopped at a Harris Teeter last night to get a few things to snack on in case we needed them on our trip. I grabbed a few Clif Bars and a bag of red delicious apples – what? Lunch was a Clif…
Thank god I ended up getting these – even though they were very random – because as we drove I double checked my email to see which house showing appointments we had finalized. Turns out that the Sunday appointment I thought we had was actually for Saturday – uh oh. We high tailed it to DC, and pushed back our appt one hour, but that meant absolutely ZERO stops for the bathroom or food. We had to survive off of two Clif bars and a bag of apples for the entire day – horrible!
We raced to DC and got stuck in a million hours of traffic, causing a lot of anxiety and a possible blow out of our car’s air conditioning. Ugh.
But we DID finally make it, and then we could relax and enjoy ourselves. We took a tour of house #1, which was nice and big, but perhaps not in such a nice area of town? As we drove around DC scoping out neighborhoods and streets, I was reminded of why I want to move here –this city is so beautiful! Lots of GREEN everywhere!
We drove through some of the areas we are interested in – Dupont Circle and Logan Circle…
This city just has such a great urban feel! I know some people love the suburbs, and I totally respect that, but they are definitely not for us. I loved driving through and seeing bikers and runners and dogs everywhere!
Looking forward to doing my long run on the National Mall tomorrow – green paths everywhere, and lots of water fountains – be still my heart!
I have never lived in a tourist city before. A friend of mine said she thought living in a tourist city would be annoying because they will be slow and obnoxious and not know where they are going. But as I pointed out, that is what I will be doing for the first few months too!
We drove straight through the Mall area on our way to Capitol Hill. DC is definitely a walking city – driving was not so fun. We are selling at least one of our cars when we move here.
Hello, Mr. Jefferson! So good to see you again! :)
Home sweet home? I hope so!
We made our way over to Capitol Hill to explore a bit more – I just love passing these huge landmarks as you make your way around the city.
Capitol Hill is another very runner/dog friendly neighborhood with pretty tree lined streets.
And adorable row homes – I want one of these!
Lots and lots of parks and wide open green space…
And views like this at the end of the streets – amazing.
After our driving tour of DC, we decided it was time to head to our hotel and finally get out and stretch our legs. Our hotel room is really nice and modern.
Big flat screen TV with a nice blogging desk to the side…
And this swanky couch by the window!
We showered and got ready to head out for a fun dinner out in Virginia.
We were picked up by fabulous blog reader Ashley and her husband, who offered to be our dinner dates for the evening! She is a vegetarian too, and took us to what is most likely my new favorite restaurant – Busboys and Poets.
I about cried when I opened the menu – sooooo many vegetarian and vegan options! I am so used to being forced into the ONE lonely vegetarian pasta dish or salad when we go out. This was a welcomed change!
I ordered the Spinach and Wheat Berry Salad – with baby spinach, blueberries, mango, roasted almonds and caramelized onions tossed in a ginger sesame vinaigrette and garnished with crispy Asian noodles. I took the option to get a tofu cake on top – fun!
I wasn’t sure what a tofu cake was, but I was intrigued. It turned out to be a baked (I think?) cake with a scrambled tofu type filling – absolutely delicious!
This salad was awesome! After only eating two Clif bars and two apples for the entire day, we were both absolutely ravenous. Casey actually ordered two entrees! :)
I also ordered a delicious Yellow Gazpacho Soup – garnished with basil oil and guacamole. Yuuuuuuum.
Many many thanks to Ashley for a wonderful night out, and a great restaurant suggestion! One of the main things I will miss in Charlotte is the great group of friends we have found, but it is very reassuring to think that we might be able to make some friends here in DC too. So far the DC blogging and Twitter community has been such a great resource, and we are already feeling very welcomed. :)
Tomorrow’s plan is a 12 mile run on the National Mall, followed by two house appointments, and lunch at the much suggested Cafe Green (vegan cafe!). The rest of the day is wide open for playing – so exciting!
And with that – I’m off to bed before another long day of exploring…