Monday, September 19, 2011

Pirate Jet: Pirate Day at the National Children's Museum!

Ahoy Matey!  HAPPY International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!  We kicked off a pirate filled weekend by heading over to the National Harbor to the National Children's Museum Pirate Day at the soon-to-be Museum's temporary Launch Zone.  Pirate Day was pretty cool -- we got to make telescopes, eye patches, and take part in a treasure hunt.  And part of the treasure hunt took us over to The Calleva -- a pirate-ship ropes course and zip line.  I'm a few years off from taking over that scene, but it looks AWESOME.  And both Cam and I actually stood still for a while to watch it.

And even though NCM's Pirate Day would have been cool enough in and of itself, the National Harbor was pretty awesome, too.  Monstrous brand new developments really aren't our typical bag, baby.  But if you are going to do it, you should definitely do it like the National Harbor -- literally right on the water, lots of good restaurants (NH Restaurant Week is coming up! -- October 3 - 16) - even if they are chains, a cool D.C. landmark sculpture (The Awakening), a W boutique hotel, and a South Moon Under for your mom.  We had lunch at Ketchup -- mom was excited to dine at Ashton's former LA joint which apparently now resides in Maryland, hmmm ... wonder what happened there.  But, after lunch, it wasn't too hard to figure out.  It was awful.  Really.  Even the ketchup.  At least they bumped some good tunes and we got to sit outside.

Keep in mind that you can take a water taxi from Old Town (Alexandria, VA) to the National Harbor, which we've read about others doing.  Since its unlikely mom will spring for that green yacht I had my eye on, I bet we'll be taking the water taxi next summer.  Arggg!!!  Now go have a barrel o' rum and celebrate you scurvy dogs!

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