|So impressive in real life|
When my mom saw the email about this event, she proclaimed, "We are taking Vivian to Washington!" Yes indeedy, we are going. Long story short, we hooked up with a troop from Spartanburg, loaded up on 3 chartered buses at midnight on Wednesday and headed to D.C. Now, I can tell you with complete authority that riding on a bus for 8 or more hours sucks. I mean, majorly.
So, when you travel, your dining experiences can go one of two ways: fast food out of desperation or finding an incredible restaurant unlike anything you have at home. Especially in a big city but when you have no wheels and a 6 year old with you who needs to be in bed at a decent hour, fine dining really isn't in the cards. The first night we were there we took the girls to the air and space museum. Our buses were scheduled to pick us up at 7:00 so eating at the museum was the only convenient thing to do. What a disaster! They have a "food court" kind of set-up with nothing but McDonalds, pre-fab Boston Market plates going in the microwave and some kind of cardboard pizza. We decided on McDonalds as the lesser of the evils. Get this: 2 chicken sandwiches with fries and drink and a happy meal was $27.00. I almost fell out of my chair.
|$3.50 for a Shirley Temple!|
|The White House|
|This was a righteous box lunch!|
And finally, on the last leg of our journey, the subject of eating came up again. We had survived the bus trip back to Spartanburg (I swear it took like 2 hours longer coming back) and we were pointing the van toward Columbia. The little one proclaims that she's hungry. Now, at this point, I am sick to death of giving her hamburgers, which is actually a rare thing for us. I guess I'm really just sick of hamburgers being almost the only choice you have when you pull off the Interstate. That and fried chicken. Then I saw it: a gas station with a Subway. (I remember when this concept first appeared. I was very, very creeped out by the gas-sub shop.)
I went in and was pleased to learn that they DO have a kids meal. And, it's only $3.50. Hello??? That's like one Shirley Temple for all the kids vacationing in Washington. So, happily, I ordered a small turkey & ham sub with light mayo and mustard, white American cheese, white milk, and apple slices. So, for $3.50 I was able to give my child a meal that she ate and enjoyed and I felt like I was being the super-travel mom.