Check! Check! DC’s list is almost complete

Posted: 13th April 2014 by Danielle in Journal

One benefit about being delayed in our release front eh hospital to move back to Iowa, is we get to cross a few more touristy things off our list of sight to see in the DC area.

Last year we had tried to make it to the Cherry Blossom Festival but there was a late bloom.  Instead of beautiful cherry blossoms surrounding the basin we got to see DC’s ever so beautiful should to should crowds of people surrounding the basin.  There was actually one tree that had bloomed.  Naturally there was a line of people waiting to take a picture in front of this one blossomed tree.

There year we were a lot smarter about our endeavor.  We waited until the news broadcasted that the cherry blossoms were in fact bloomed and we went on a weekday morning to avoid the crowds.  We were able to drive in, park at the Jefferson Memorial, grab a coffee, and walk around the basin enjoying the beautiful, fully blossomed trees!  Definitely a sight to see!

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We were also able to see the National Cathedral this weekend.  We have drove past the outstandingly architectured building numerous times but never took the time to stop in and really take in the beauty of the entire grounds.

We went to Palm Sunday mass at the National Cathedral.  And were able to sit next to the stain glass window the held a moon rock in the center of the glass panel.  We didn’t figure out the story behind why there was a moon rock casted into one of the stain glass windows at the National Cathedral but very cool to view throughout the service.

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The moon rock window


Close up of the moon rock





Fun Fact

Posted: 10th April 2014 by Danielle in Journal

When Taylor was deployed in early 2012, he took up learning sign language…. he now describes these hours of practice and studying as a colossal waste of time…



PS Tomorrow Taylor runs the mile with straight leg running legs… excited to see if there is a big difference in time/fatigue when compared to bent leg running legs



2nd Phase of Running Experiment

Posted: 9th April 2014 by Danielle in Journal

bent running leg VS straight running leg

Today we started the 2nd phase of the running experiment.

This phase of the experiment is step up to have Taylor run a mile around the track with bent-knee running legs one day.  Then when his legs feel equally as rested, he needs to run a mile on the same track with his the straight running legs.  Although, Taylor wished he was running outside with longer straight aways, the track provides little variation (weather: humidity, windy, rain, heat, cold).

This was the first time Taylor had run a mile without any breaks.  He did awesome (although I know, he didn’t feel like it towards the end)!  On this track you needed to run 13.5 laps to equal 1mile.  He thought he slowed down a lot but we took split on each lap so he would know his exact splits and overall time.


The first lap of 13.5 to make up a mile

Kicking some booty :-)


Lap 11 out of 13.5

We noticed he started to lose his form, kicking his legs outwards, as he was getting fatigued. These are good things to notice and know for down the road.

LAP 1: 44 seconds

LAP 2: 45 seconds

LAP 3: 46 seconds

LAP 4: 47.4 seconds

LAP 5: 50.6 seconds

LAP 6: 52.2 seconds

LAP 7: 54.4 seconds

LAP 8: 56.2 seconds

LAP 9: 56.2 seconds

LAP 10: 58.4 seconds

LAP 11: 61.8 seconds

LAP 12: 60.7 seconds

LAP 13: 60.7 seconds


woot woooot, first mile run without stopping in the books!!