Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Boston DC Trip

In April, Steve and I got to go EAST to visit Jenni! We flew in to DC and showed Dad around a bit. We ate at a 24hour Kabob Palace - it was after 11 pm and the place was booming. Enjoyed our meat & Mediterranean side dishes! On Saturday I took Steve into DC to visit the Air & Space Smithsonian - he is an airplane nut! He loved it and we made plans to return for the flight simulators. We had to get on the road to start our trek north - Ultimate destination: Boston Marathon!

We drove into NY to let Dad & Jenni's friend, Connie, see some sights. Neither had been, so we quickly scurried about to see the Financial Dist, the NY Stock Exchange, Times Square, rode the Staten Island ferry, saw the Statue of Liberty, rode the subway and much more. We settled late that night in Connecticut.

Sunday morning we went to Church and Steve spotted Glenn Beck a few rows back. That was his highlight for the day - he went and shook his hand and introduced himself. Off we go to get into Boston and get Jenni checked in for the big race! Beautiful country to drive through, nice scenery, etc. but it is dotted with toll booths - a new thing for us! Have your bills ready!

This is Jenni before the race with cousin Stacey Lake, they hungout till the start. Hopkinton to Boston 26.2 miles! Jenni headed out at a great pace, we made it to Framingham to see her at about mile 6. She was running on the right side, we had to scoot across to see her. No problem till we were ready to leave and had to change sides again - Steve & Connie had no problem running thru the middle of the race - I had a mild panic attack! We missed the train but drove to Wellesley to catch a quick glimpse of her again! Still going strong. (We were exhausted!) Next into downtown Boston - Connie and I hustled up and squished through the crowd just in time to see her in front of the Prudential building, just before the finish!
She did great! Ran it in 3 hrs 32 mins, 8.4 minute miles - 26.2 times - no stops, no crying!!
We were in total AWE! and she was still smiling!!

After a shower and a catnap for Dad, we went to feed the starving runner!
I chose the LOBSTER - when in Rome....

We looked around Boston a bit before heading back to Virginia. On Tues when we made it back to Jenni's apartment her roommates and friends were all there congratulating her on her awesome run! She's a stud muffin!

On our final day of visiting we rode the flight simulator(he tried to kill me) and went to the Supreme Court for a special tour. We got to see the conf. rooms, their law library and Dad got to shoot hoops on the HIGHEST court in the land.
The basketball court directly above the Supreme Court!


Jenni said...

Oh Mom, reading this makes me so happy and grateful AGAIN that you and pops were able to come out here. That was so fun to share some of DC and the Boston experience with you.

Looking forward to seeing you soon :)