#IBDSocialCircle ~ Tourist by Day

This is going to be a two part thing as long posts don’t really get read and the two halves of my day were so vastly different.  I went from tourist in a new town with a new friend to attending my first in person IBD Social Circle web chat.  I want to give proper attention to each.  So here’s how the day began…..

Day one I got to the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill ahead of everyone else and was treated with a spectacular parade. It pays to get where you’re going a bit early sometimes.

Day two was when the rest of the #IBDSocialCircle participants arrived. The Welcome Reception was scheduled in the evening which gave almost an entire day to entertain myself. Fortunately Jen of Chronic-Crohns arrived early as well. Stephanie of Tonic introduced us via email (because she is friendly and awesome like that) and Jen and I hit it off right away. Jen has a Facebook page called Crohnic-Crohns where she shares her experience with abscesses, IBD and Ostomies. Such an easy going and funny lady to hang around with. So there we were, two IBD Explorers with map in hand, we took off on foot as D.C. has so many cool things to see that happen to be really close together.

Buckle up kids it’s Slide Show Time!!
I promise this is the one and only slide show for this IBD Social Circle ~ Washington D.C. adventure series.  Mostly because after this the tempo picked up and I really started soaking in the moments….and forgot to take pictures.  In fact, I wish I had taken more.  So together let’s enjoy some of the photos I actually did take.

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We saw the capital as it was undergoing some renovation.  Nice scaffolding.

 

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United States Botanic Garden Conservatory was like stepping into a tropical wonderland.

 

Fun fountains, statues and architecture.
Fun fountains, statues and architecture.  Is that a secret Hogsmeade shop?!

 

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National Air and Space Museum where we got our flight history and NASA fan girl action on!  Running around like kids in a candy shop walking through and taking pictures of space shuttle living quarters and checking out all things rockets, shuttles and communications.  Squee!!

 

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Washington Monument. This is what it looks like when you lay down and take a photo looking up. Because of course that is the very best way to appreciate the magnitude of this structure.  Cool stillness on your back slowing you down from the walk, bright sky against the dual colored stones climbing their way straight into the clouds.  Magic.

 

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool where history took a steep curve towards equality. This was constructed the year my Grandfather was born. So many great things can happen in the lifespan of a good man.

After all this fun Jen and I got lost a little on the way back.  In the end we arrived in perfect time to get freshened up, grab our supplies and head down to attend the evenings Welcome Reception.  I was about to meet the tip top of advocate awesome in the form of bloggers, vloggers, law makers and dedicated IBD supporters.  Excited, a little nervous and really hoping I would do a great job were the thoughts filling my head as I walked towards the group standing just outside the conference room.  Here we go!

Look for part two to cover the evenings events.

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