Overall we found DC a bit flat in energy, and also not a lot going on. We weren't keen on it at all until we grabbed some share bikes (which we've done in a few cities now) and rode from Arlington to the Lincoln Memorial. It's a really pretty city when you get out of it to the Potomac river and into the parks...just like any other I guess. We had about a week to spare so we hired a car and headed west to the Shenandoah National Park. We must have driven hundreds of miles through so many National Parks already, hoping to see a bear. Finally Shenandoah delivered, but Kym saw one even before we went through the entrance gate. I asked the National Parks Ranger if she knew about that bear and she said they had to close traffic that morning because he was asleep on the road. We ended up seeing 3 more including a mother & cub. Virginia was ok but we were cursed with hazy sky and 90-100°F days (35-40°C) so we don't have that many decent photos. Shenandoah prides itself on its 51 scenic lookouts and we didn't stop at one because the haze just blew it out. A lot of Virginia's sites are related to very old American history which was a bit lost on us too.
We spent the next weekend with Clint & Linda in Virginia Beach which was really fun, a long overdue catchup and a chance to meet 3 month old Evelyn. We spent some time at Norfolk Naval Base & got to see lots of cool stuff (including the plane that Clint trains American personnel for). Cherry on top was a bunch of Harrier jets landing right near us. Thanks to Clint, Linda & Evelyn for having us!
Dipping our feet in the Atlantic also marked a milestone for us: coast to coast in the USA.