Road Trip 2015: Day 1


We left our home the morning of Friday the 24th of July. Headed towards our destination for the night which was outside of the DC-area. After getting up that way, I decided to go to the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. We’ve been there twice before, but it’s a great place. It’s free (well, free but parking is $15.00), nicely air conditioned, and something to do. AS the kids get older, the are able to understand/fully-0grasp more of the exhibits. It’s cool to see them at a place they go to every other year or so, and see what they focus on and finally “get”. We spend time there until they are bored and we go get dinner near our resting spot.

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We were torn between 2 places and the winner was? At Kaiser’s! They are an authentic Austrian restaurant. The fact they had Schnitzel won over my son, the Würst won over Tom, while the homemade spätzle got me! They opened at 5 so we waited like 15 minutes but as 5:00 rolled around, and they opened the doors, peopel swarmed from their cars to enter. That’s a testament right there – people wait for this place to open to eat there! We luckily also hit during happy hour so Tom was able to have a nice draft authentic Austrian beer (even if not served in a boot) for cheap. Our dinner order was: Wurst Platter consisting of Housemade Farmers Bratwurst & Debreziner with Sauerkraut, Pan Roasted Potatoes and Mustard (Tom’s), Chicken Schnitzel with French fries (Owen & Hunter), Spätzle in a creamy cheese sauce (Cole), and Kaiser’s Jägerschnitzel in Creamy Mushroom-Bacon Sauce with Spätzle (mine). The food was amazing! Thank goodness we dn’t live near this place or we’d be broke! their food is phenomenal and authentic to boot! Very comforting. Ambiance was nice, the staff was great..

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We left stuffed and with leftovers. We were about 3 minutes away from the place we were spending the night. When we moved to our house 9-1/2 years ago, we had these neighbors who our kids grew very find of! The twins were  between Cole & Hunter and the youngest was between Hunter & Owen (and born the same day as Hunter).They spent a lot of time playing with each other after school for years until the family moved about a mile away, then ultimately to Ashburn, Virginia. She kindly let us stay with them for the night. It was great! the kids got along amazingly, her & I chatted for hours, Tom & him talked, and it really was a great time! Made me miss them so much more though! Somewhere after midnight, we all decided to go to sleep. 🙂 All of Wakefield misses this family very much – they were (and still are) very loved!

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Money: Gas, food at At Kaiser’s, parking at museum

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