Escape From D.C.

escape_from_dc.jpg No, this isn’t really the next John Carpenter film with Snake Plissken taking aim at the White House and Congress (although, I wished it was). But it’s about mid-season for all the D.C. natives to head out of town just to catch a breather from the madness that is life in the Capitol Region.

While typically, some of these “escapes” are not traditionally vacations in the usual sense (usually only a few days), there are plenty of places both near and far to get away from it all, even if it is only for a short bit. Some folks head internally, staying at home, or spending entire days at the movie theater. Others head out past the potential “blast zone“, to places like Shenandoah, Ocean City, and even Philly (which has King Tut right now, BTW). Others will head further afield…

Tom and Tiff head to Pittsburgh, but have been heard to hit the Eastern Shore. Carl’s on leave of mind to head to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, while Doug slips off to the local mountains of the Shenandoah. Paulo has yet to have a real honeymoon, and feels a strong pull to Harpers Ferry and the John Brown Wax Museum. Jenn loves Cape May in New Jersey, even though another city such as Philly or New York could also top the bill for rapid exit from our fair city. I’m heading to Beantown (to visit the Samuel Adams Brewery as well) and Cape Cod. Even Stacey escapes… at home in Vienna… Virginia, not Austria… just by having moved there. And we all know, DC is good enough for Wayan!

Jenn did bring up a good observation about coming back from these “breathers” from DC; How do you feel about the city when you return? Better or worse than when you ‘escaped’? Have you noticed anything interesting upon your return that you may have not observed or felt being here 24/7?

4 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    Leaving DC is such a breath of fresh air. You get outside the beltway, suddenly politics isn’t the Big Deal it is here. No one cares who you work for, no one cares which party you’re in, no one cares about all that jazz.

    It’s a nice vacation from the mental state…

  2. Don (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    Snake Pliskin? I thought he was dead…

  3. poo poo (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    i work for the state department. whenever i go out west, they ask, “what state do you work for?.”

    when i worked for the agriculture dept. i used to check into hotels, and their kitchen would always get notice that they were up for inspection. heck, i worked for the international section of the dept.

    just goes to show how folks outside dc have no clue, and that’s pretty evident by the way they vote. :o/

    it’s good to get out and see what the regular joe thinks about the decisions/work that’s being done in our nation’s capitol. it’s easy for us to think that everyone around the country knows about what’s happening in their capitol. fact is, they don’t. it’s all about lindsey lohane, spears, etc.

    it’s good to leave and come back with a solid personal mandate to serve the american people.

    it’s also nice to get away, but for that, i leave the american shores. preferably to an island with a dinky bar and empty beaches…

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    After a weekend in SC’s “low country” its good to be back. In fact, after the flight cancellations, and overnights to get there and return, its almost not worth the effort to leave DC.

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