We were able to do a good bit of exploring over the beautiful Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, we loaded up and drove further into Arlington to find the Shirlington dog park. We have a nice little dog park within walking distance from the Oakwood that serves as a great way to help DiploDog get some of her energy out, but it is relatively small. The draw of Shirlington is that it is bigger and there is access to a creek where the dogs can romp. The creek area isn’t officially part of the park, but there are gates that allow access down the banks to the water.

It has been quite some time since DiploDog has been able to get in the water, so needless to say, she was quite excited. I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get her to come out, but I was eventually able to lure her back to the shore. The water was fairly shallow, so while it was no Millie Bush dog park back in Houston, with its two big swimming ponds, it was still a great opportunity for some fetching and romping. When we finished up we walked over to a nearby restaurant center that is dog-friendly and has plenty of options with outdoor seating and even water bowls for all the canine visitors.

On Sunday, DiploDog got to go for a weekend visit to dog daycare and the rest of us loaded up in the car and headed up to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The town is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet. The town and surrounding areas are part of the National Park Service. It was a beautiful setting and the weather was perfect for taking in the sights.

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We are very pleased that DiploTot is so content to be carried around in the Ergobaby. This thing is a total lifesaver as a stroller would not have been well suited to the area.

On Sunday we met up with folks from DiploMom’s A-100 class for a picnic in Rock Creek Park in D.C. There aren’t any Metro stops all that close to the park, so we had to drive into town, which wasn’t as complicated as we anticipated, save for some confusion on our way out. It’s quite a gem of a park.

DiploMom is now back to her consular training class this week and I’ll be headed to the pediatrician for DiploTot’s nine month checkup. She has only woken up once these past couple of nights, so we are hoping this is going to become the new normal.