So this time we tried something different. We parked at Arlington National Cemetery which, by virtue of its real and perceived distance from the Tidal Basin, tends to have reliable parking most of the morning. I put just one seat on the front of the City Series double stroller so I could pack my purse, backpack, camera, and two scooters into the cargo pouch. I figured when they got too tired I could put one kid in the seat and one on the toddler glider board, throw the scooters on and push everyone home which is precisely what I did.
We rode/walked/strolled all the way across the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial.
I didn’t dare take them on scooters on the narrow, massively crowded Tidal Basin trail which is open to the Potomac much of the way for fear they might scooter right into a watery grave, but we still saw some cherry blossoms, magnolias, and major daffodil fields.
Occasionally, people were annoyed by the pace and erratic steering of two 2 year-olds on scooters.
But for the most part, we heard a chorus of “Oh, how cute!” and “They are just adorable!”
While we traversed the path to the Korean War Memorial with the the big engraved list of countries running along it, the boys started chirping out the “Super Letters” they saw. P! O! C! Two R’s!! People really treated them like celebrities then, ruffling their hair and asking them if they could ride their scooters, even offering to take them home. That was tempting.
Roundtrip, we covered over 3 miles. The boys were on their scooters for about 3/4ths of that.
By the end, the twins were clumsy and tired and wobbly, so I was glad to be able to pile everything on one vehicle and bust a move. Just under four hours to see the sights, eat our picnic, and come all the way back brought our Arlington Cemetery Car Parking total to $5.75. I say, not too shabby for a Thursday afternoon!