Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Weekend in DC

Dome at Dawn

This past weekend, we travelled to West Virginia to meet up with my brother, Tim, and his family to celebrate the life of Kara.  We had a great time and bookended our visit with a side trip into DC.  Having grown up in Northern Virginia during my formative years (Read: Under 21), I often marvel at how we take certain things for granted.  With a couple of years in VA under our belt, journey into the District was often done out of necessity, and not on a whim. 

LincolnCapitol Dome at Night

Fast forward further, I remember hanging out with high school friends at the Lincoln Memorial at night and watching jets take off and land at National Airport.  As I get older, I learn the sad lesson of not enjoying the moment, until it passes.

Top of the Washington Monument

It was nice retracing old steps with Zoe, Bean, & Anne.  In our typical fashion, we marched through town and hit the sights.


In even more typical fashion, we ended up at the Capitol City Brewing Company for dinner.  Situated next to Union Station and located in the front of the historic Postal Square Building, we had a fine evening of pub grub and craft beer.  I opted for a beer sampler.

Capitol City Brewing Company

I know, no surprise.  In the end, my favorite was easily the Prohibition Porter.

My Beer "Sampler"

Upon our return to WV, we were treated to the Alamo Drafthouse.  Based primarily in Texas, this part movie theatre, part restaurant, part craft beer bar, is my idea of an evening.  Is there anything better than a movie with dinner and beer? 

It was a wonderful weekend and better yet, I was able to pick up some Yuengling at a gas station on the way back to Ohio.  I was in need of gas…and a good session beer.  Thank you anonymous gas station woman at undisclosed gas station location not near where I live.


Ty'sMommy said...

Thanks for the great post! I'll be in the DC area later this month and may be checking out some of the same things!

John K. said...

Mike -- A very thoughtful post. Isn't it something, how we take so much for granted in our youth -- despite being warned not to by our "elders." Then, in a blink of an eye, we become those "elders." Life is funny that way.

I enjoyed this post -- for that reflection, and for the photos and writing about the beer! (Porters tend to be my favorites too). And then I went back and read the post on Kara. Very touching. I was struck by that post you wrote "Kara will be missed, and she will always be loved." The fact that at this point in time you and your family gathered to celebrate her life shows that those words were real. And still are.

Thanks for making me think, and feel with this post.

Jon said...

Capitol's beers aren't too bad. I did the sampler recently when in DC. Their maibock, which isn't usually a style that I'm drawn to, was a very pleasant surprise.