Sunday, December 7, 2008

Washington D.C.: First Day in the City

We've been back from D.C. for two weeks now, and after much sickness and a lot of laundry, we've finally gotten back into the swing of things...I think!

If you read my post I made while we were away, you'll remember that the weather in Washington was unseasonably cold, and a couple of us had nasty colds. In spite of that, though, we had a great time. It was definitely not a restful, sit-around-the-pool kind of vacation, but that's not what it was supposed to be. This was a jam-packed, see-all-the-sights kind of trip, and I have to say it was wonderful. We experienced first-hand our nation's capitol, and we made some very special memories too.

Superman really got into the history of the place, and of course that wasn't of any interest to the girls. But they were troopers and enjoyed just being out and about seeing the sights, sounds, and people. (And riding on the Metro was great fun for them too!)

Some photos from Day One (Sunday) of our trip:

We had our first glimpse of Washington Monument blocks before we reached it. The kids (and grownups too) were so excited when we first saw the very top of it as we exited the Metro. It was amazing to be standing on the Mall right under the monument.

Our first view of the Lincoln Memorial. We didn't actually visit it until the next day.

Next stop was the National Air and Space Museum. We were able to see many of the famous aircraft we learned about during our Glorious Flight unit last year.

Kurt and Sweet Pea looking at the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle. We also saw some other neat "relics" from the Apollo missions such as moon rocks and Buzz Aldrin's space suit.

When we left Air and Space to head back to the Metro, it was already dark. The night view of the Capitol was gorgeous. I had to wait for a break in the traffic and run out into the street to get this shot!

Hope you enjoyed this photo tour of Day One of our extended field trip!

There will be more pictures to come. :)


  1. What fun Shannon! I loved seeing your pictures from Day 1. Can't wait to see more.

  2. We are trying to plan a trip to DC - I'm just not sure when it will happen. :-) Thanks for sharing part of your trip with us. Too bad some of you had colds! But, glad you enjoyed yourselves despite the weather, illnesses, etc.


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