So we were driving from Philadelphia to New York and took smaller roads in an effort to avoid expensive tolls. And at one point, I look outside the window and see this huge and incredible rock building. And I think: “This looks familiar. It looks like the University in the movie A Beautiful Mind – where did Nash study again? Right, Princeton!” And sure enough, we had randomly ended up on the Princeton University campus! Well, if we had gotten the chance to study in a place like this… We were pretty jealous as we gazed at the amazing Hogwarts like building. When we randomly spotted statues of animal heads, we juste couldn’t resist.
Okay so, from Nashville to Washington there are 666miles (1070km) – 10 hours driving. So needless to say, the trip was quite long to get there! Especially when you consider the fact that Steph did the whole thing. Yeah.. I was still feeling pretty sick so I stayed on zombie mode in the car next to him. At least I didn’t bother him much! Anyways, we spent a night in a reallllllly weird place in the middle of nowhere, with police cars cruising around and a bunch of guys waking us up in the middle of the night as they were playing football on the parking lot (and hitting the car of course.) Great.
But eventually, we did make it to Washington. After reading a couple of articles about the city, it was clear that there wasn’t much to do except for the political and historical landmarks plus a bunch of museums. So we decided to be super efficient for the afternoon. We parked right by the White House – almost feeling like we were in an episode of Homeland with all the security cars driving around. We then went ahead to take a look at the famous building – it looked smaller in real life than in the movies, that’s for sure. We did wonder how often they get the walls painted for them to stay so white… Any thoughts? Like real tourists, we took some photos – with our Crapules stuff of course! As we were taking them we couldn’t help but notice the insane level of security, I mean, snipers on the roof! We were also trying to imagine who among the crowd of tourists were actually undercover spies. It is the White House after all! We did have the impression that it looked different in our mind, so we walked to the back to see it from the other side. And that’s where we recognized the bow of the Southern façade! Unfortunately there is a huge grass area right after the gate, so we couldn’t see this side up close, but still!
Once we agreed we had enough touristy photos with Obama’s house, we decided to go the Abraham Lincoln Memorial and National Mall. For those of you with the same references as me, it’s where Captain America is jogging in the morning in Captain America 2. Anyhow, the Abe Lincoln statue was really impressive and imposing. It’s only a shame the room is packed with tourists, we struggled to get a good shot. We had a lot more fun posing in front of the National Monument obelisk. The reflection in the water is a big plus! We were really lucky that day, unlike the previous ones, it was surprisingly warm and sunny! As we were leaving to go back to the car, a huge helicopter flew above our heads and we like to think that Obama was in it. Because why not! Our Washington visit over, we continued driving up towards the long awaited stop in New York.
We then continued down the coast, following the scenic road just by the ocean. Definitely one of the most fun drives to feel on the edge of the continent and take a look at the numerous rock formations in the ocean. We were really excited about our next stop: the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area – 50 miles of sand dunes down the coast. Following our precious guide, we decided to do the John Dellenbeck Trail and we weren’t disappointed. After a quick walk through the forest, we found ourselves in a completely new landscape. Sand, sand, sand. Mountains of sand, everywhere. And man, walking in the sand is a bit of a work out! But jumps and sprints down the dunes make it totally worth it. We even had a ‘how much sand did you get in your shoes’ competition, Steph won – but I think he cheated.