Traveling to Visit a Friend

This weekend I completed the goal of traveling to visit a friend. The semester at college had ended on Friday (12/11), and I thought that it would be fun to go somewhere before heading back home to New York. With this in mind, I had made plans a few weeks ago to visit John, my former RA at college, at his home in Delaware. I had not seen him for a few months, and I knew that it would be fun to spend the weekend hanging out. On Friday I set out for the trip, and an unforgettable weekend began.

There is not much to say about my drive on Friday other than that it was long. I somehow managed to stretch a drive that was slated to take roughly nine hours into a twelve-hour excursion. I left Cedarville at 8:00 AM, and I did not arrive at John’s place until about 8:30 PM. The twelve hours of travel consisted of the following: coffee, audiobooks, more coffee, many bathroom breaks, and driving through Amish country in the dark. It was a real hoot, but I was ready to be out of the car by the time I arrived in Delaware.

John and I had a great time catching up on Friday night as we walked through the city that he lives in, and during our walk and subsequent conversation, I was reminded of how nice it is to spend time with people you have not seen in a while. We had lofty plans of staying up late and watching a movie on Friday night, but since we are both boring adults, we ended up going to bed at 11.

The following morning was when the fun times really kicked into gear. We had wanted to go to New York City to see the city during Christmas, but after talking about how gross, crowded, and dirty NYC is, we decided to visit Washington D.C. instead. I am glad that we chose D.C., since I have loved going there ever since I first visited it a few years ago.

During our time in D.C., we had a blast. We went through museums, found an incredible burger joint to eat lunch at (the Shake Shack), walked through an artisan street fair, ate way too much street fair food, drank coffee (I think that I have a coffee addiction), looked around at more museums, took an Uber (because why not when you are in the city?), and finally, went on an incredible run throughout the city.

It is pretty astounding when I think about how far I have come from last year, when I never would have thought that going for a run was something enjoyable. Now, I look forward to spending an hour running throughout a major city. I had a six mile run that I need to accomplish on Saturday to stick with my training plan (more on that in a future blog post), so I asked John if he would want to run with me in the city.

There is something invigorating about running through the country’s capital. Even though it was a six mile run, I never felt tired because of the incredible sights that we were running by. We ran all around the various monuments in D.C. and were continually blown away by how stunning the city looked at night. This run definitely takes the place at the top of my list of best runs thus far.

Following our run, we left the city and headed to the home of Ellen, a good friend who lives in a suburb of D.C. She had offered for John and I to stay at her place overnight, and we gladly accepted, since John’s home is over two hours from the city. Staying at her house was wonderful, as usual. I enjoyed getting to catch up with her, and it was the perfect end to a long day in the city.

The following day, we headed back to Delaware. I had originally planned on staying one more night at John’s place, but on the way to his house, I found out that I had a meeting at work in New York that I needed to attend the following morning. Because of this, I cut the stay at John’s short by one day and planned to head out shortly after getting back to Delaware.

Before I left for New York, John and I went on another run through the city that he lives in, which was not as stunning as running through D.C., but it was still quite beautiful. After this, I said goodbye and set out for another long drive. As I drove, I thought about how great it had been to travel to visit two friends. I made some wonderful memories this weekend, and I look forward to making many more as I continue checking off goals that I have completed as a 21-year-old.

If you have just begun reading my blog, be sure to check out my post titled “Twenty-One Goals as a Twenty-One Year Old” to read about the beginning of my journey to complete goals throughout the year.

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