Washington Travel Blog› entry 28 of 40 › view all entries
last night we got into DC around 6:00 pm. We were headed to our hotel, which is in Maryland, but I saw an exit that took us to the Capitol area, so I peeled off to the right. The weather was really nice. Probably mid-80s and humid. I drove up a street, down a street and found myself on a relatively major road that cut between the Washington Monument and the Capital Building. There was one available parking spot. I took it. Since it was Sunday night, it was free and there was no time limit. How lucky can one get driving into an unknown city? Well, we only planned to walk around a bit, given the hour and the fact we had hungry-hungry boys. But, after realizing the Smithsonian Institute Museums were open until 7:30 and there was no admission fee (really), we decided to take one in.
Well, the museum was incredible. Of course there were dinosaur skeletons and other things inspired by the recent movie, but the place was really incredible. Ryan and Liam were spell bound - and really how hard is it to occupy the attention of 5 and 6 year old boys for 1.5 hours. But really, we were all agast.
When the museum closed, I thought we would drive by the Lincoln Memorial. Again, I got extremely lucky.
The Lincoln Memorial was much more impressive than I expected it to be. There were quite a few (maybe 200) people on the structure. They were, for the most part, subduded, quiet, but at the same time happy. We took some pictures of us at the monument and over the reflecting pool, and headed back to our hotel.
Today we took a train into the capital area again, checked out (at great length) the Air and Space museum.
Liam met a girl there. There were so cute with each other. could not stop holding hands.
We took in part of the museum of American History - we focussed on the transportstion section - trains, cars, trucks etc.
We then took a 3/4 of a mile walk to the White House. We first saw the backyard, which I thought was actually alot like my own backyard, but with some minor difference. We both have trees, although the Obama's trees are really a forest. They have a huge fountain, I have a sprinkler that goes off a 4pm everyday. I am sure their dog craps in the backyard as does ours. I just do not have the crap being picked up by the Secret Service. We got to wondering how different the first family and the McFadden family use their respective backyards. Probably not too different. Except I would probably poke protestors with a stick if any showed up outside my fence. And they do not have a trampoline.
Anyway, the kids were getting worn out afgter being hauled around Washington for hours on end, and so we headed back to the hotel.
Of note, we have been collecting pictures of "Welcome to <insert state name here>". But we did not see one as we entered DC from Virginia, not as entered Maryland as entered there from DC.