We made it to Friday!! Today we had our day two of our Big Tour bus pass to use. We purchased a 48 hour pass, it gave us unlimited rides on all four lines and we also received tickets to the wax museum and the Crime and Punishment museum. It also had an option to do a river ride, that we did not take advantage of. We headed out this morning and parked at Union Station again, it is easy to access and today I actually made it out of there tonight without difficulty. I think if I had a couple of more days I would have this down-pat and be good to go!!
Today our main goal was to get to DC Cupcakes. You can order online prior to going to pick up to save time; but we messed around and missed the cutoff time (8:00 pm) to pre-order. We went ahead and went in hopes that the line wouldn’t be long and we would have the opportunity to try these cupcakes. Kirsten watches the DC Cupcakes show on TLC, and we were on the lookout for some of the cast. Unfortunately non of the staff on the show work at the location we were ordering, though it’s the only place for the public to go. We arrived and there were only about ten people outside the door, so our wait time was only about 15 minutes total. The cupcakes were good, but I think I like Jilly’s in STL better.
The bus ride today was interesting, it was a little overcast and rainy. The theory of the seat saver (Peyton) was that the bus would be going fast enough that we would not get wet, because on Myth Busters they did an experiment where a guy had paper on in a convertible, and he didn’t get wet because they were traveling at “x” amount of speed. She did not take into account that the bus starts and stops frequently; luckily they handed out poncho’s. It made the ride interesting, and added a different element to the whole experience. :) We are THANKFUL for the weather that we had this week. It has been very nice weather, and today it only sprinkled, it could have very easily POURED. We were blessed this week.
Again…the only ‘down fall’ of this endeavor of a Bus Tour is waiting for the bus to come back around when you’re done sight seeing at that location. Today we had an episode in Georgetown where we waited for awhile and was tired, so we decided to go take a few pics…unfortunately we missed a bus and was left waiting another round of time. We had a tense time of waiting because there was one team member that wanted to wait and not go take pictures….so some of us caused them to have to wait for another ride.
After finally getting out of Georgetown we headed into town to hit the museums. We went to three different museums today, looking for things that were Night of the Museum worthy. The kids were sadly disappointed in the museums. They were SOOOO CROWDED and HOT. The only one that was remotely cool was the Art Gallery. To me the museums were very unorganized, and when you went into one section you couldn’t get out until you walked ALL THE WAY through (the length of the museum) to get out. And that included going in circles about twenty times. At one point I was just asking to get out, and a worker laughed and asked how long we had been lost. At that point I was hot and tired and just ready to GET OUT OF THERE. Not a good experience. We did end up seeing Dum-Dum (the Rock Head) and the Thinker. We walked around the corner and the kids were like “seriously”…the thinker wasn’t as large as they had pictured in their head. He was actually only about 15 inches tall. We did catch some other neat things, The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (a ballerina), and some DaVinci artwork. We were all ready to leave the museum’s behind by the time we arrived at the Art Gallery (we hit three Smithsonian’s within a two hour time frame).
We caught the next bus that came by and rode it back to Union Station. Got the car and headed back out of town. We were going to eat in town, but decided to go back to the area that we ate last night to meet up with my friends again. We picked Noodles and Company — which was TASTY. Everyone was tired and hungry by this time and I thought we may have time of Come to Jesus meetings in the parking lot, we had people declaring hunger strikes and others that stoically walked away. Once we all ordered, sat down, and took a couple of drinks of our sodas made from the cool soda machine (you can add the soda and flavors there in the machine — very cool)…things were settled down and we enjoyed our meal. My friends and their son stopped by to join us and we had a great two hour visit!!
We topped the night off with FroYo, came back to the motel and crashed.
The kids were disappointed in the museum’s, but it was still a good day when it was all said and done. We head home tomorrow.