the Archibalds go to Washington

Camping is exhausting, and most years our annual Bar Harbor trip is the most exhausting thing we do all year. This year, though, we topped it. Less than two weeks after we got back from Mt Desert Island—and before I had any time to write about camping, or about anything at all—we packed the car again and headed to Washington DC for Harvey to compete in the Pokemon World Championship. He did not win, but it was still a fantastic—and overwhelmingly tiring—trip.

Lijah cozied up in the car at 4:00 am

early riders

We left home at 4:15 in the morning on a Thursday. Our friends who go to Washington more than once in a lifetime told us an early-morning departure is the way to go, traffic-wise; they also said their kids fall back to sleep as soon as they get going and sleep for the first third of the trip. That didn't happen for us. Everyone was too excited! Never mind, they're great travelers. And we did appreciate the traffic-free roads we encountered almost the whole way down (I guess it's impossible to involve yourself with New York City without running into some traffic).

in traffic heading towards the George Washington Bridge

we were trying to remember some words from In the Heights

Once we got through Hartford every moment brought the boys farther south than they had ever been; and soon, farther west as well. We eagerly took in the sights, especially the bridges. The boys are bridge fans, and the Bay Bridge in Maryland was easily the most impressive one we've ever crossed!

Once we were over it, it was only a little ways farther to Washington. Our route to the hotel took us by the convention hall where the Pokemon event was being held; in fact, it went right under a pedestrian walkway where hung a gigantic inflatable Pikachu! We had arrived.

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moments from the week

the boys posing in front of a gigantic inflatable Pikachu

pokemon world

Moments and images from the past week.

Kamilah taking a picture of Zion between the blueberry bushes

berry picking with today's modern youth

Lijah raking in the garden

worker

our car paused at a Connecticut rest stop at dawn

dawn rest stop

cards on a play mat in our hotel room

pokemon travel

Harvey concentrating on Pokemon cards at a crowded table

playing for the World Championship

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moments from the week

kids playing around the ford in Concord's Great Meadows bird sanctuary

the ford in the meadow

We'll write words again one day, I promise. For now, here are some moments from the past week.

Zion in black clothes with a bow and arrow

ninja boy

lots of kids smushed together at the bottom of our slide

all-ages fun

Zion nailing in a board on the porch

fixing a hole

Harvey swimming in Walden Pond

at the pond with Harvey

Leah and the boys singing with Grandpa Ira on the guitar

family sing

pokemon players concentrating

testing for Worlds

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moments from the week

Zion standing on a cliffside looking way down at the road

adventurous

Moments from the past week.

Lijah, Liam, and Henry sitting on the railing of a bandstand watching itinerant musicians

watching the concert

Zion and Lijah sleeping in the tent

sleeping well

Zion and Lijah posing with the ice cream lobster in Bar Harbor

touristing

Zion photographing Nathan as Nathan climbs a rock tower in Bar Harbor

action photography

Lijah swimming in a pool

camp pool!

kids posing atop a rock

and then summer camp

Zion and Lijah watching a

library action

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vacation accomplished!

We went camping. Besides the usual hiking, we also did some bouldering, swam in several bodies of water, saw a magic show, ate lots of snack food, and stayed up late. Vacation is tiring!

Lijah sitting in front of our tent looking tired

home away from home