Our first stop on our adventure was DC. Arriving in the afternoon, we had time to check into our hotel and hit the town to tour. With a stroke of luck we were given a pass to get into the Holocaust museum and by pass the line... Yes! The exhibit was great, like nothing someone can explain on paper. We spent three hours taking everything in, and I tell you what, it was powerful. We were ready to move on and had 30 minutes before exhibits were closing so we thought we would try to get into the national monument before the last tour. We walk up to the monument only to be told tickets have been sold out since 9 that morning... Well with another bit of luck the people that were standing right next to us had two extra tickets! They handed them over to us and just like that we got the go up in the monument on the very last tour.
To make a great day even better, we were trying to find a place to grab some dinner and stumbled upon a brewery. We sat down at the bar and were greeted with a delicious plate of soft pretzels and cheese. After devouring the pretzels we shared a hamburger and enjoyed some local brews.
About ready to leave I get back from the bathroom and there is a brownie Sunday with a birthday candle on top...huh? Brandon leans over and says if anyone asks it's your birthday..oh great, well the bartender comes over and continues to sing me a happy birthday while Brandon just smirks. It turns out brandon had nothing to do with this, the bartender bought us a wonderful dessert and two more beers, and we headed on our way.
That night we soaked up the city and walked around enjoying the beautiful night.