Swine flu in DC

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our trip to Washington DC was full of obstacles.  We flew into DC and drove to Durham, NC to find housing for school that started 4 months later.  We drove back to DC early so we could spend a couple of days there before flying back home.  The planes were pretty full so our chances of going standby were slim so we didn't waste a day sitting in the airport.  The first day we drove around up by mount vernon and some of that area. We don't have many pics of that area even though it was really nice.  There is picture of me standing next to some water and I am on the phone.  My wife and I never know when we are going to have to leave so we can never book hotels ahead of time because when your flying standby and there is an open flight you have to take it. So I had been driving around lost the entire time (why I hadn't already bought a GPS at this point I will never know) I finally found a place to pull over and I called my brother to book us a hotel on hotwire and to google map directions for us to get to the hotel. Driving in DC is not easy especially when you have no idea where you are going.  I quickly learned about toll roads.  At one point I tried to somehow avoid paying and ended up going about 40 minutes out of our way and finally we pulled over at a run down subway and some limo driver could see how lost I was so he had me follow him back to a main road again.  It was horrible.  The second day we couldn't make a flight and I began to come down with something bad, my bones ached, I fevered, and felt miserable.  We still pushed on to see the Declaration of Independence, Washington and Lincoln Memorial and many of the sights of that area including the White house.  That was a great area and the exhibits are really well done, I especially like the war exhibits and my wife loved the museum of natural history. I definitely want to come back with kids and I would like to see the other sites too like the air and space museum.  We really enjoyed the hotel I cant remember the name but it was in fairfax and was very unique we payed about $50 for it and asked if we could stay another night for the same price and they said no.  After the day was over we had my brother book another room on hotwire and it gave us the same hotel for $50 it was funny to see the same receptionist and pay the price she said we couldn't get.  The next day flying home to Utah from DC was a flight full of sneezing, runny nose, fevers, and aches.  I feel bad for whoever else was on that plane because they probably got sick too.  I am positive I had the swine flu I have never been hit with something like that it was horrible.  The pictures from the baseball game are the Marlins vs the Washington Nationals that was actually a separate trip but was a good part of DC.  The pitcher is my wife's cousin. He pitched a great game and beat them.  We would have stayed to meet him after the game but my daughter was going nuts after 3 hours in the car and 3 hours of baseball. 
The pics of Fedex field and the AAPA building are from a seperate trip.  We were returning home on Labor day from Philadelphia after visiting a friend.  We wanted to continue our tour of visiting stadiums of Professional Sports Complexes and decided to stop and see where the Washington Redskins play (Fedex Field).  The stadium was massive and it just happened to be the season opener and matchup of #3 Boise State and #10 Virginia Tech.  We stopped by the stadium about six hours before the game and it was full of tailgaters, especially VT fans.  We wanted to stay and watch that game so bad, but our 2 year old daughter would have had a really rough night so we continued for home and watched it.  It was an awesome game and Boise won.  Wish we could have been there.  We also stopped by the American Academy of Physician Assistants on 950 Washington Street in DC.  We were not able to go inside because it was labor day but was nice to see kinda the head quarters of my profession.  That is the second time we have passed that building. Once by accident the first time we visited DC and this time we made a point of stopping to see it.  Hopefully we can get there sometime when it is open before we move home.  That area of DC is amazing.  There is a big running/biking trail that runs right along the river and goes clear up past mount Vernon.  That is an area that I could definately live in.
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