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Hi folks!

 

So, Escher and I just stumbled upon each other in the DC tribe forum, and were thinking that maybe there are others here who live in the DC metro area?!?

 

Would anyone like to plan an in-person Queer Parenting get-together? I was thinking we could plan a weekend event of some sort, depending on who is interested.

 

If you're game, reply and tell us (roughly) where you live, and what days/times might work.

 

(And for those on the fence, I'll mention that I got my BFP right after attending a mothering/QP get-together in Northampton, Mass, years ago...:)

 

We live in Takoma, DC on the DC/MD border. Saturdays are usually good days for us, though our weekends seem to be getting booked up fast!

 


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We wanna come visit the DC area sometime this summer/fall. Maybe we can try to be in town that day too! 


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Yes, definitely! Let us know when you're coming and we can plan a meet-up. DC is great because there's so much to do for free! We love the zoo, and some of the Smithsonian musuems are great for kids too.

 

And in the meantime, Escher, let's plan a get together!


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We just have to pick a weeked and we will let you know! We are very excited about the free stuff to do! I've been to dc twice and loved it both times! Cannot wait to go again and meet up with you guys and anyone else who wants to come!

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How does the third weekend in July look for anyone else?

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Oops, I guess I meant the fourth weekend. The Saturday of the 23 or thereabouts.

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Shoot, we'll be in Idaho for DP's family reunion that weekend. (Cue Mormoms, guns, and camping.) We're not back until late Sunday night, at which point I'll be pouring myself a stiff recovery drink and collapsing on the sofa. (Sorry to be so dramatic. Maybe it will be fine. But they still haven't comes to terms with the gay thing, let alone the trans thing, so I'm feeling a little apprehensive.)

 

We're actually gone a lot this summer, unfortunatley.


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Oops, posted too soon. I also meant to say that we'll be around the second half of August, and aren't going anywhere in September.


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we are all over the place all summer, too.  We will be camping on labor day weekend and 2 weekends before.  Maybe the 3rd weekend in September?  After that is October but, well, Escher and I will both be monstrously huge by then (ok, I can't speak for E being monstrous, but surely far along).

 

Of course, I start maternity leave in November, so we may be traveling more this fall.


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Hmm. I don't know yet what my plans are in July. Hopefully I'll know more soon. I plan to be around after the first week of August, so anytime after that works for me. I hope we can find a time that works for all of us!

I hope I'll be monstrously huge in October! That sounds like an interesting experience.

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Hey- 

I'd love to meet up with you all. My partner and I live in Mt. Rainier, MD. I'm due Aug 10 though so..... I might  or might not be able to meet up with you all depending on when you decide on a date. 

Keep me posted.

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DW and I live in Richmond and make it up that way a couple of times a year.  My company also has an office in McLean so I make it up that way once a month or so during the week.  It would really be great to get to connect with a few QP in person.  With any luck, I would hopefully be pregnant by the time I got to meet you folks!  FX !


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how does the third weekend of  september work for everyone?!?


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how does the third weekend of  september work for everyone?!?


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I hope everyone has a good meet-up! We'll be in DC August 3-7, so too early to see you guys. 


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I'm not sure if people with 2 month old babies socialize but if we're up for it the third weekend in September works for us. 

 

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I'm not sure if people with 2 month old babies socialize but if we're up for it the third weekend in September works for us. 

 

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They most definitely do! We should be here. Fun!

 


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Have you local DC girls gotten together yet? Everyone still up for a meeting the 3rd weekend in Sept? I'm itching to get out of town...again.

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Seraf: We haven't gotten together yet, but I'm still hoping we will when you're in town! Third weekend of September sounds great to me. Angela had suggested the zoo a while ago, so we could meet there or somewhere else.

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Y'all sure don't have to wait for us, but the zoo sounds great. Anyplace really. We want to see the sights and are happy to meet up anyplace.

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The kids are getting excited about our upcoming trip. I have a couple of questions, are there any camping areas kind of close to the city?

And what do we need to see while we're there? Is there a Chinatown?

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seraf -- i don't live in the DC anymore, but i did for much of my teens and part of my 20s.  the zoo is free and really cool.  also, the smithsonian museums are a must-see, and they too are all free.  my favorites as a kid were the Air and Space museum and the Natural History Museum (don't miss the top floor.  the kids can hold tarantulas and huge cockroaches, if they are so inclined.) the east wing of the national gallery (the H shaped building right near the capitol building) has an enormous mobile by Alexander Calder (my fave) hanging from the ceiling, and the building itself is super cool.  there's also the Hirschhorn (a round art museum) and its sculpture garden.  and one of the newest Smithsonians is the National Museum of the American Indian.  it's very interesting, and you can get some authentic food in the cafeteria. 

 

if you're up for some strong emotions (tough looking bikers guys sobbing their eyes out, for example), there's the Vietnam War Memorial.  it's right by the Lincoln Memorial and not too far from the Washington Monument and all the Smithsonians. 

 

i also highly recommend eating Ethiopian food in Adams Morgan (a very cool neighborhood).   i used to always get the vegetarian combo platter, as it had a little bit of everything...well, everything except the meat.  it doesn't look like a lot of food when you get it, but an order for one person is usually enough for two people. 

 

and, yes, there's a Chinatown!

 

depending on how much time you have, you might also want to check out old town Alexandria (just outside of DC on the Virginia side.)  it's a sweet little area, and if you're feeling peckish, you can get ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's store and go eat it on the docks.  there's also the Torpedo Factory which has artists' studios in it.

 

that's all i can think of for now... have a great time!


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Nos, did Osh put you up to that post? We are planning zoo, air and space, natural history, native American museum FOR the food, and I don't even know what else. The fact that you mention Ethiopian food is what makes me suspect the boy. Thank you for all your recommendations. I will prob try to squeeze more in than Ari can handle. Note to self, bring a sling.

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Nosreves covered the basics and then some! Sadly (well, happily, but sadly for the purposes of this meet-up), we are moving to North Carolina soon so that I can take a fab new job. So, we won't be around to greet you. Not sure about campgrounds, but if you go the hotel route, staying outside of the city will save you $$. Arlington or Silver Spring, maybe. Just make sure you are near a metro.

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escher (or nos): what would be a good neighborhood to look for cheap hotels that are on the metro system, preferably outside of the city but not too far?! 

 

Thanks so much! 


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Seraf and Sara: I'm so excited that you all are coming! It sounds like you've already gotten lots of great ideas of things to see. I will say that it seems like for kids, less is often more in DC. I see so many miserable children being dragged all around DC by their parents because their parents want them to see all the great museums, monuments, neighborhoods, etc. There is a lot to see.

The closest campground I know of is Greenbelt Park. It is about 4.5 miles from the Greenbelt metro station, and I believe that there are buses from the metro station to the park. Googling just now, it looks like there is a for-profit campground called Cherry Hill Park that is less than 3 miles from the Greenbelt metro station. You could also think about camping in beautiful Harper's Ferry, and they have commuter trains into DC everyday. I don't know much about hotels in the area, but if you want to send me some you're considering I'm happy to give you any information I have on their locations.

Angela: I'm sorry to hear you're moving away, but I hope your new job is great!

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Lots of people stay in Arlington or Crystal City, though they're kind of blah suburbs. Check out the Courtyard Marriot in Silver Spring. Not sure how pricy it is, but I've heard it's nice, and Silver Spring is great. Also, what are your dates, and are you allergic to cats? We have good friends who live in the district who are always traveling and looking for petsitters.

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Oh, make sure you book at Downtown silver Spring Marriott, not the Courtyard North.

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Angela, holy cow! You are moving so soon? That's a shame we won't get to see you but yay for a great new job. And thanks for the recommendations.

Escher, so it's just us and you? Lol, I will try to resist the urge to exhaust the kids. I was thinkig morning activity, lunch, afternoon activity. Does that seem unreasonable? I haven't been to dc since O was a baby so I don't know. Thank you for the camping recommendations. Sara pointed out that it may be too cold for camping, so I don't know if that means we need to just wait and see or pack for whatever may come. Just let us know where you wan to meet.

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sara -- Osha didn't say anything to me, but i think i might have been channeling him.  the kid's got some mad telepathy skills!  i second Angela on Arlington and Crystal City.  for the most part, i loathe bland ole Northern Virginia (where i went to half of high school and where my dad still lives).  that being said, this site gives accolades to a campground that's very close to where my paternal unit lives.  it looks like it's about 20mins by car to the Metro, and there's a ton of parking at the Springfield/Franconia station.  personally, i'm all for Greenbelt, MD, as it's a super cool town (despite the current tick and chigger alert), and it's not very far from the College Park Metro. Old Greenbelt was a planned cooperative community that Eleanor Roosevelt helped design, and it still has a very crunchy, co-opy vibe.

 

let me know if you need further help figuring out where to stay.  i can ask one of my many minions in that area for suggestions. 

 

 


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