(This is part of a series of things that I should have recorded in 2013 – things which were highlights of the year, but which didn’t get recorded when they were fresh in my mind. Now you mostly just get pictures.)

Summer Vacation

Well… not exactly ‘summer’ vacation. It’s hard for folks who live at camp to get away during the summer. So we took an early September vacation to Washington DC and convinced my parents to join us.

Washington is such a great place to visit with children, because they think they’re on vacation when it’s really an educational experience. (And every vacation must have an educational component. This is an inheritance from my parents, as my sister can attest.) And it’s also a great place to visit on a camp salary, since all the government attractions (including the Smithsonian Museums) have free admission. We spent parts of three days in the area.

On day 1, we visited the National Zoo, after checking in at our Hampton Inn.

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In the evening, we relaxed at the hotel…

On day 2, we visited museums around the Mall. But riding public transportation may have been just as much fun for the girls.

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And on day 3, we visited Tyson’s Corner Center so the girls could visit American Girl.

American Girl in Tyson's Corner

And I visited Starbucks…


And then we said farewell to my parents and returned home.

(Editor’s note: Apologies to those of you who received this one out of order on Wednesday.)