Yesterday Sam and I skied the back bowls of Vail. For those who don’t know, the back bowls are infamous with skiers all over the world. Predominantly made of black and double black runs, the bowls are always a challenge, even for the most advanced skier. The 10 back bowls are steep, tree lined, with glade runs and meadows. We also skied Blue Sky Basin which has a shallow vertical drop with more gladed runs and wildlife too!
Costumes were ordered. Our trick o treating route was planned. Rain didn’t dampen our moods as we headed over to Beacon Hill, the most famous Halloween street in America!
The gigantic candy bars and the open door policy that lends an almost block party atmosphere are not the only reasons to trick-or-treat in the this famous neighbourhood. Beacon Hill has been rated the number one spot to show off the children’s Halloween costumes across the nation. Visiting ghosts and ghouls in big rambling homes and festive lawns attracts people from all over the world. We saw firefighters, police officers, princesses, superheroes and astronauts. Halloween 2014 was one of the best nights of my life, watching the kids faces as we walked up and down the narrow streets, meeting new people and staring in awe at the unbelievable decorations.
The sun beamed as we headed to historical Georgetown, about a 15 minute drive from our hotel. We walked along Main Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street towards Georgetown University. The quaint streets and boutique shopping lured in tourists especially at Georgetown Cupcake, as they lined up like ants outside and around the street.
We rose early for our big day of sightseeing. Abi and Ted begged to bring their scooters along and we figured they might last longer in the day if they were on wheels rather than just walking.
The roads around our hotel were sectioned off with the biggest security detail I have ever seen. Some tourists around us said that President Obama was leaving the White House. Others said a suspicious backpack had been found in the grounds of the White House. The road closures caused major chaos all over the city. Road diversions were enforced, even for pedestrians and we had to walk the long way around to reach the National Mall to inspect the Washington Monument which towers over the entire city.
We boarded our sunrise flight from Copenhagen bound for Heathrow. We *nearly* missed our flight to Washington after being held up in Heathrow’s infamous security screening. We were that family running through the airport to the gate and boarded last. After a smooth 8 hour flight, we landed in DC in the early afternoon. The kids were exhausted after passing through several time zones in one day.