I took nearly 300 pictures this weekend; don't worry, I won't share them all. I don't really know where to begin, so I think I'll start at the beginning. Duh. I took lots of random shots that should serve to help tell the story of our trip, hopefully you'll enjoy.
On Friday morning we left for the airport. We parked our car in the long term parking lot, which, quite fittingly, backs up to the Mt. Vernon Trail. The Mt. Vernon Trail is where Craig and I ran roughly 110 miles on seven of our long runs together. After awhile, running past the airport is kind of boring, but on Friday I found it rather appropriate that we would be starting and ending our trip on the Mt. Vernon Trail.
One of my favorite things about living in the DC area is being able to see the Washington Monument, and often the Capitol building, from the airport.
As much as I enjoy seeing the monuments from the airport, I'm rarely happy to see the actual airplane we'll be riding.
Me and flying? Eh, not a good combo.
Caroline's ready, though.
So is this guy.
Even Chip looks ready to roll.
I put on a happy face, but I'd rather skip the whole air travel thing.
Just don't look down.
According to Caroline's watch, our flight took 1 hour and 53 minutes. When we were safely on the ground, we hopped on the Disney Magical Express
and took a magical ride
to the Happiest Place on Earth.
A little while later, we arrived at our hotel, Port Orleans French Quarter, which, we'd later find out, proved to be the best hotel choice I could have made. Never mind the fact that I basically did eenie-meenie-miney-mo to pick a resort.
I was excited to see that the Christmas decorations were still adorning the lobby.
It's a good thing I took those pictures when I did, because on Saturday morning the decorations were gone.
Our room was pretty standard, but it served its purpose.
The view from our window was quite lovely.
I didn't request a river view, but we got one. I'm sure we paid handsomely for it, as well. ;)
Before we got too comfy in our new digs, we walked our travel weary bodies down to the bus stop and waited for a bus to take us to Downtown Disney for dinner.
We ate at Wolfgang Puck Express, where I ate the first of this weekend's many sandwiches. Roasted vegetable, some sort of cheese and arugula served with really good sweet potato fries. I hardly ever eat restaurant fries, but those were definitely worth the splurge.
After dinner, we walked around Downtown Disney and enjoyed the nice, albeit windy, evening.
It didn't take long before we landed upon Caroline's favorite: the Lego store.
This group of Lego people and dogs amazed me.
After much walking and a breezy boat ride back to our hotel, we settled down for the night, preparing for the busy Saturday awaiting us.