Leaving NJ kicked off a segment of our trip visiting friends from Rice University. Washington D.C. was our first stop to see Meg and David. Unfortunately, Dogfish head brewery was too far out of the way, so instead we decided to stop by Victory brewing for some tasty hops. We turned out liking their cherry gose and picked up a growler (our insulated growler didn’t fit in their fancy automatic growler filling machine, so they had to fill it the old-fashioned way). They had some big beers, however, with each one, Rob said it would taste better barrel-aged. Next, we stopped in Intercourse, PA for some wonderful soft pretzels and a factory tour. We saw the warning horse-and-buggy signs, but couldn’t believe how many we saw out in the miserable, rainy weather. Then, braving D.C. rush hour, we made it to Takoma for a fun, indoor night was Meg and David.
In the morning, we set out across Maryland headed for southern Ohio were somehow a cluster of our Rice friends landed Crashing with Barron and Olivia in the cookie-happy Dayton Towers, we checked out Dayton craft beer/distillery scene, composed many a rhyme helping Barron and Olivia prep for a night of “Dining in” as the Air Force calls it where you must be prepared to defend yourself in rhyme, spent a fun night with the Jerkinses playing board games/darts/watching Eurotrip, visited the ginormous National Air Force Museum and day-tripped to Cincinnati to tailgate the Bengals vs. Chiefs game with Neil and his girlfriend, Asia.
After the crazy fun in Ohio, we dropped by Indianapolis to see Mimi and Matt, who landed there for their residencies. They have quite the wet bar in their basement and Matt was kind enough to mix us some neat cocktails.
Clean, refueled and laundered, we set off for Kentucky Tuesday morning.