The story begins.

What should we do today? It’s hot. Maybe go for a swim? No, let’s have a destination lunch! What do we feel like? Chili dogs! No problem.

A search for best chili dogs turns up a place in Herndon, Virginia called Joe’s Dog House. If you click that link, you’ll see that Google told us the address on Alfred Mill Court.

So off we went! It’s an hour ride and we were up for it…

Until we pulled up to the address and saw this:

We stopped at a yard sale a few houses down. Turns out, that’s Joe’s house. You heard it, Joe’s house. Assuming he did not want the 5 of us over for lunch, we started thinking of another plan.

Turns out downtown historical Herndon has some great eating spots. We even got interviewed by a young reporter from the local paper, The Connection, about what we do to get out of the heat. (The article comes out on Wednesday!)

The kids got their chili dogs and Andrew and I split 2 sandwiches – beef on weck and a Philly cheesesteak with whiz, mushrooms and jalepenos.

Needless to say, I’m not feeling so well right about now.

If you don’t know anything about Herndon, Virginia, you are not the only one. But around here, it’s famous for some serious debates about day laborers.

You may not know that the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has a second location that is not in Washington, D.C. I didn’t. Well, I should have since Andrew has mentioned it and I’ve ignored it. But anyway, we next went to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the “other” Air and Space Museum. To say I was excited would be a huge exaggeration.

But alas, it was wonderful. We got to see how air traffic control works. Went to an observation deck and saw for miles and miles and miles – including seeing planes land at Dulles. We saw planes and helicopters and spacecrafts and satellites and missiles. Oh my.

And we laughed and were together. It was a perfect day.

Note: We found out later that Joe’s Dog House closed last year. Turns out it was practically next door to where we actually ate lunch today!


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