The ups and downs during our cross-country flights were only scary and obviously, not disastrous. But once my feet were on the ground again, I fell in love with springtime
My skin turned soft all by itself while I was there, a small pleasure I can only attribute to the gentle humidity. I caught a glimpse of a bright red cardinal – my first. I saw the
We drove through parts of the
We took the Metro from
We spent a couple of truly too-short hours in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I could have wandered there for days, camping out beneath the jaws of Tyrannosaurus Rex, but time was short so we crowded into a taxi for a ride to Old Ebbitt Grill to dine. Didn’t see Ted Kennedy, but the meal was terrific.
We spent two nights at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W. Va. – Mom and I had the Presidential Suite the first night, sleeping in rarified air. Dined on venison and elk at the inn’s Ratskeller and sighed over the view of the
And because my uncle and aunt simply love casinos – they’re extraordinarily lucky; my aunt won a jawdropping $750 on a nickel machine in her first 15 minutes on our first of four visits – we visited the huge, cacophonous casino and racetrack at Charles Town. I even watched a couple of horse races from the rails, shouting for the pretty dapple gray and the bay with the jockey in pink and green perched on his back.
This short vacation on the other side of