Washington D.C: Political Matchbox & Spicy Devils

Washington D.C: Political Matchbox & Spicy Devils
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Sculpture Garden / National Gallery of Art / House I by Roy Lichtenstein

Finding parking for the tiny house near D.C. was trickier than most of our other destinations. After failing to secure a driveway, we settled on Cherry Hill Campground, just north of the city. At $60 a night, Cherry Hill won the prize for the most expensive campground we’ve stayed at yet! But sometimes, you gotta spend some mullah to see the big cities.

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Just a local politician waiting for the metro #washingtondc #metro

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An hour long commute via bus and train was our best option to get to downtown. Guillaume and I spent two full days exploring Washington’s museums, monuments, memorials, sculpture gardens and architecture. All of which were extremely impressive and deserved far more time.

Lucky us, we stumbled upon a food truck frenzy, which apparently happens every Monday behind the Smithsonian! I tried the veggie lasagna from Basil Thyme truck and Guillaume had a burger from the DC Sliders TruckWe perched on the sidewalk ledge and devoured our delicious feast, while business suits scurried past for their frantic lunch hour. I was one of them not so long ago, in a different industry and a different city, but I don’t miss it. Not yet at least.

That evening the midterm elections were in full swing and the city streets were eerily quiet, as if everyone was home glued to their tv screens. I suddenly believed that everyone living or visiting D.C. is involved in politics. The White House was blocked off for a party or event. And sadly, we weren’t invited. Instead Guillaume and I watched the votes tally on a flickering screen while eating dim sum in Chinatown.

#districtchophouse #washingtondc #beer #yum

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Lee Pera, tiny houser and owner of Boneyard Studios, met us for drinks one evening at District Chophouse. Boneyard Studios is a well-known tiny house community in Washington D.C. At the time, Boneyard was in distress and in the process of moving camp. But, don’t worry, there’s a bright future ahead for this community. If you’re interested, follow them on facebook here.

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The following afternoon, Guillaume and I did two of our favorite activities: 1). Bike share, and 2). Tour Tiny Homes!  Lee allowed us to tour Boneyard Studios at our leisure, and at the time there were three houses residing on the property: Lee’s Perahouse, Jay Austin’s Matchbox and Brian Levy’s Minim House.

The Boneyard property was dream-like, overlooking a rather handsome cemetery (which I assume is where the name came from). We were able to tour the inside of Jay’s Matchbox, which was cozy, modern and extremely functional. Such a different design from ours, but it really seems to work. I was especially envious of the big screen tv in the loft! 

Afterwards, Guillaume and I were feeling a bit high from our bike ride and tiny house tour, so we did what anyone would do – stopped for a beer and a snack! Lee advised us to try Boundary Stone, and it was a fantastic recommendation! They crank out new flavors of deviled eggs daily, and the egg-of-the-day we tried was deliciously spicy… but I honestly don’t recall what flavor it was! 

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By November 5th, we were on the road again. We still had to make it to the Charlotte Tumbleweed workshop by the 7th. But before that, we had another open house planned for Virginia… and this one had a few surprises…

– Jenna

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  1. Lisa
    December 14, 2014 / 8:57 am

    I have a nice, long driveway 4 blocks to a Metro station in Alexandria, just south of Washington, DC. No homeowners association and I can offer laundry access. How can I hook up with other Tiny House owners who want temporary parking near Metro? I promise I won’t take the prize for most expensive campground!!!

  2. Daniel
    December 13, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Love the night time photos around DC. Having been in the military for 17yrs now, I don’t think of the (current) politics of DC, but the history that shaped our nation. Good eye on those photos. 😉

    I never heard of the Monday food trucks. I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in town.

  3. December 12, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    Always loved DC and politics is the essence in the air, you just feel it. Went to Roosevelt High there when I was 16, lived there when I was 18 working in Chevy Chase MD, and worked at the Interstate Commerce Commission when I was 21. Lots of old stomping grounds from a different time and a different world. Your pix are great.

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