Hello dears! So glad to be back after our little impromptu break 🙂 Life has been pretty crazy lately, and we have some big changes for the blog coming up very soon, so stay tuned for those! Thanks for sticking with us as we navigate our newly changed lifestyle after our move & Brigi B’s engagement <3 But enough of that. Today I am so excited to share with you all our recent trip to Washington DC!
Several months ago we were contacted for a private singing gig in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel. We were so thrilled to have the opportunity to sing at such a gig, and tour around our nation’s capital in the mean time! We decided to drive there, as our family loves a good road trip and we are close enough here in Ohio to drive without it being too long 🙂 Our route took us through some beautiful countrysides that we girls have not had the pleasure of witnessing before. Maryland has stolen my heart with its rolling hills and picturesque farms! I really need to revisit that lovely state someday!
Our drive was quite uneventful, and of course we hit the notorious city traffic of DC once we got near the metropolis. We finally arrived at our hotel, however, and were quite thrilled with our view once we got there…
Isn’t it lovely?? And we actually got to ride that Ferris Wheel… but more on that later 🙂
The Gaylord National Harbor Hotel is GORGEOUS! We hardly ever get to stay at such a luxurious place! We girls felt quite underdressed when we arrived in our saltwaters and makeup-less faces, but we quickly made our way to our room and freshened up for a lovely dinner on the National Harbor.
The next morning we got up bright and early to get started on our tour of DC. The weather was absolutely perfect in every way, so we chose to tour the National Mall that day and take advantage of the sunshine and balmy breezes.
The critters that make their home at the Mall were quite friendly, and mistakenly thought my camera was food, haha! It made for some great photo-ops though! 😉
It was simply incredible getting to see all the monuments & memorials, that we had only heard and read about, in person! Every war memorial really gave us a chance to reflect and honor those who served, it was truly an unforgettable experience. The National Mall is such a beautiful, peaceful place: I could have stayed there all day and just strolled around the lush, manicured grounds.
After we reached the Washington Monument, we decided to head back to our hotel and grab some lunch. Brigid and I were suffering from congestion, and were really starting to not feel all that well, so it was a good time for us to get back and rest up before our performance that night. For a while we were afraid that Brigid & I would not be in good voice for the evening, but the Lord provided, and our show went off without a hitch! It was really wonderful. The Lord dispelled so many fears and trepidations, and the people organizing the event were so kind and really put us girls at ease. We are so blessed to have such lovely clients!
After our gig, we girls were feeling quite lively and we all decided to indulge a little and ride the National Harbor Ferris Wheel! Wow, but was that ever a blast! Everything was lit up so prettily, and it was so much fun still being dressed up in our military costumes and feeling like we were “off duty” or “on leave”, if you get my meaning 😉 We got our fair share of stares, questions, and cat-calls (har-har) from the people we passed at the Harbor. Ah, our lives can be so interesting at times, LOL! They played Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” in the Ferris Wheel, and Jess and I couldn’t help but indulge ourselves in a little dancing 😉
Earlier in the evening, I had told Brigid my interest in running up the down escalator in the hotel (Ginger Pye fans will get the reference, LOL!), so after our trip on the Ferris Wheel, once we got back to the hotel, I just had to do it! So I did! It was late at night, and nobody was around, so mischievous little ol’ me ran as quickly as I could UP the DOWN escalator! Oh my, but that was so fun, haha! Finally got that checked off my bucket list 😉
The next day we decided to hit a few Smithsonians before heading home. We visited two, the National Art Gallery & the Air & Space Museum, but the National Art gallery was our favorite for sure. Less crowded, and we got to see some of our favorite artists’ work in person! That was absolutely surreal, especially with the Dutch/Flemish Art Exhibit. Oh my! Seeing Rembrandt’s work in person took my breath away! The Museum took such care to display the artwork in an atmosphere that really brought out the best in the pieces, which was so refreshing and lovely.
We headed home after that, and enjoyed our drive back through those beautiful states that escorted us there! What a lovely time we had! I compiled some footage I got on our trip below into a little vlog, so you can get a better peek into our time at our nation’s capital. Enjoy!
Have you ever been to DC?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister