I am in Alexandria, Virginia as I type this. I'm here with my husband, youngest son, and his wife. Together (along with the kids' dog Hobbes) we plan to check out Washington DC for the next few days.
This is primarily a fun trip, though I might indulge in a little research in case I ever want to set a story in this area. Today we explored Old Town in Alexandria, visiting a number of shops.
Tomorrow we'll head to DC proper. I will try to post stuff as we go, but I might do a column on the trip so I will hold back some details for that.