Last October, we piled up in our RV & headed off towards Washington, D.C. We shot a few family sessions along the route (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6) & pretty much just stopped where we felt like exploring. We met some new friends along the way & caught up with some old ones as well. I love the freedom & possibility & tiny adventures the road brings…
Today was the last day of our trip. We got up this morning fully expecting to have another day ahead of us still. We drove to Dayton, Ohio to meet up with our friend Echo. She’s about to have her first baby (like, literally ABOUT to have the kid any day) and was super cute! We met up at a Bob Evans and enjoyed a nice, quiet breakfast. Well, not really… the kids were a little crazy, but what did you expect?
After breakfast, Echo took us to an awesome neighborhood park and the kids ran and played for about an hour. There was an awesome long slide down a big hill. Some kids had brought wax paper to make the trip down quicker and they were kind enough to share with our kids. They also liked the spinny things… we have them at the school playground here. Ava LOVES to get dizzy.
It started getting to be late, so we said goodbye and loaded the kids into the car. And we started driving. After what seemed like hours, we finally made it to Indianapolis. We searched desperately for SOMEthing to do while we were there. We decided against the zoo and the children’s museum since we didn’t want to spend the rest of the day in Indianapolis.
We drove downtown and headed to the Canal. We walked down to the water and rented a paddle boat. We all hopped in and started paddling down the canal. It’s really pretty and it was a nice warm (but not hot!) afternoon, so we really enjoyed the ride. We paddled about a mile down to the end of the canal. The kids loved looking at the ducks swimming in the water and the bridges that go over the canal.
In the middle of a wide area, there’s a fountain that sprays straight up. There was enough of a breeze that it was spraying everywhere. Josh and I looked at each other and then made a beeline straight for the fountain. The kids thought it was SO funny that we paddled through the fountain and they got soaked 😉
After paddling up and down the canal, we loaded back into the car and continued on down I-70 West. We stopped at a Fazoli’s somewhere for dinner. The kids were thrilled to get some plain penne noodles. Josh and I used to go to Fazoli’s all the time back in the day. Back then, they used to have someone walking around with a basket of fresh breadsticks… yum.
After dinner, we got back in the car and started driving. At some point, we decided that we wanted to just get home already. We were tired! So we drove. And we drove. And we drove. It started to get dark, so we busted out the pillow pets and sleeping bags. Lia fell asleep pretty quickly, though not after demanding that we just go home so she could sleep in her bed.
Max and Ava were a completely different story. They fussed and cried for almost an hour! I couldn’t believe it. Well, yes I could. We tried to make the drive from LA to Vegas one time at night when Max was a toddler, hoping he would sleep. He screamed most of the way. It was pretty much how tonight went down. Our kids are just not good at sleeping in the car and I guess that’s not going to change anytime soon.
Well, they finally fell asleep. And then we had to stop for gas. And ALL THREE of them woke up and started crying! Ugh. We made a quick pit stop at a rest stop and they settled back in to sleep. We finally made it home around 1:30 am. Yay!! Home!!
So that’s it for our Washington DC road trip. We can’t WAIT to go back! We have SO many awesome friends in the area who made us feel so welcome and loved!! This was our last (planned) family trip for the year. We’re looking forward to our Disney Cruise in January. As always, thanks for following along on our adventures!
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