My daughter Cassie and I are going on vacation until 10/1. We're going back east to visit family and help celebrate my brothers 60th birthday. We're headed to the Maryland / DC area on Alaska Airlines and then renting a car. We'll be checking out the museums (Smithsonian here we come), monuments (haven't seen the WWII Memorial yet), restaurants (steamed crabs and Maryland crab cakes) and malls (always new and big ones around Baltimore). We'll be back in a little more than a week with worn out tennis shoes, streached out waist bands and maxed out credit cards.