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  1. Make sure there are grocery stores near your accommodations. I was surprised when I went to the grocery store nearest our Philly Airbnb. It was sad. It made me really understand what was meant by the term food desert. I don't know of a grocery store near the Mall in DC. Gettysburg is closer to DC than Philly. Renting a car from Reagan airport might be easier than renting a car in Philadelphia. Fall is a much better time to go to DC. There are way fewer tourists at that time of year. Unless your son is extremely into US history, that is a lot of museums and history to pack into two weeks. It will become a bit of a blur. I took my kids on a whirlwind trip this summer of NPS sites. Getting a taste of so many places seemed like a great idea at the time. In hindsight, slowing down would have been better. They would have experienced less, but remembered more.
  2. I have one that likes Speedo Vanquisher. The other 2 like TYR swimple which is for kids. They tried a lot of goggles before settling on a favorite. Every once in a while they'll try a new goggle, but they go back to their favorites. Silicone swim caps are more comfortable than latex. They sell long hair and bun versions. I also recommend swimoutlet. Once you have goggles, you'll be able to swim straight. Just follow the black line at the bottom of the pool. Technically you should be looking down during breaststroke as well.
  3. A couple of weeks ago we had something that started with light cough that progressed to fever, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Two out of four tested negative for flu. The other two didn't go to the doctor. One had a chest x-ray which confirmed pneumonia.
  4. It's a little out of the way, but you might enjoy the trip to the top of Mount Washington. It's one of the windiest places on Earth. Maine beaches have a lot of tide pools. If you're not from an area that has them, it could be of interest. Maine has huge tidal differences. There is an island you can walk to in Bar Harbor during low tide. That's a bit of drive from the rest of your trip though. The flume gorge in Franconia Notch State Park is pretty nice. There is an admission charge.
  5. There is a massive difference in crowds between early June and late June. All of the surrounding schools even as far south as northern Virginia are still in session in early June.
  6. Look at Mystic Seaport in CT and the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI. Have a Del's frozen lemonade in RI, an arrancini at Galleria Umberto in Boston, and a donut from Holy Donut in Portland, ME
  7. I'm not sure if this was already posted. Po-Shen Loh, the US math Olympiad coach, posted a video about a new way to solve quadratic equations. My son has tried it with all sorts of quadratics and really liked it. It works with whole numbers, fractions, and square roots. It doesn't need an a constant equal to 1 to work. For the really mathy people, there is a link to a formal article at the bottom of the page.
  8. I don't know if the Fort Belvoir hospital does residencies, but it's the better military hospital in the DC area. My doctor at Belvoir was training the Walter Reed people.
  9. I know it may seem weird, but Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio is excellent. I played it for a co-op years ago and every kid was captivated. My 9 year old just listened and said it was the best book ever. It's the book that made her enjoy audio books again. Others I recommend: Joe: The Horse Nobody Loved Beetle Boy Cheaper by the Dozen
  10. My 9 year old is getting a pull up bar. She said I should put a medicine ball in her stocking. She only wanted exercise gear or live animals for Christmas. A real koala is absolutely out of the question, so I went with exercise stuff.
  11. The Exped megamat is very comfortable. It's like sleeping on a regular mattress.
  12. I second the Aerie and Nordstrom recommendations. Nordstrom has a huge variety of sizes, but you may need to ask. They keep some sizes in the back.
  13. I think the things that surprise people most about the Front Range (the I-25 corridor) is that it is relatively flat except for the area between Colorado Springs and Denver. The mountains are nearby, but you probably won't be living in the mountains. It is browner than people expect because it is a dry climate. The mountains and higher elevations get a lot of snow. Calgary gets about the same amount as Colorado Springs. It's not that cold there. The sun melts the snow quickly and there are lots of sunny days. It's hotter than it used to be. I would no longer want a house without a cooling system.
  14. Thanks for correcting my math. I used to live in Louisville which is on the western edge of Eastern time zone. Those late sunrises were tough. Where I'm living now, we had a 7:40am sunrise on Saturday morning. It's nice waking up to the first light of day again. I was talking to someone tonight who used to live in a place with a 9am sunrise. He said he had trouble sleeping in the summer because it was so bright.
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