Thursday, April 16, 2009

Top 10: Washington D.C.

10. Animals - Grant's love of animals is unparalleled. I have 15 pictures of a National Mall squirrel
9. Korean War Memorial - My personal favorite war memorial. I had to add it to the list
8. Wailing in line at the National Archives - We had to wait 1.5 hours to get into the National Archives (home of the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence). To pass the time we played all kinds of games. The people around us were very entertained
7. Air & Space Museum - Off course I had to include this. I stood around the Space Shuttle exhibit in case anyone had questions. No bites
6. Botanical Gardens - Beautiful place to go on a rainy day
5. Union Station food court - Grant's favorite. There were several Asian restaurants that would give out free samples
4. Washington in Bloom - Cherry tree blossoms, tulips and lots of flowers I didn't recognize but it was beautiful
3. Games - We played name that tune, raced up and down the escalators, paper/rock/scissors and cross the street with Grant (Grant is very fast. To follow him you take a chance. You might make it across before hit by a car and you might not)
2. Pentagon - Bobby McCaleb, a Colonel in the US Army, took us on a tour of the Pentagon (Bobby and I are from the same home town). It was AWESOME!! Pentagon tours aren't available to the general public. You can only be taken in by someone who works there. It was by far the coolest thing we did.
1. Tour de Pentagon - Did I mention our tour to the Pentagon? It was so good, I had to mention it twice

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter in Arlington

Since we were going to be in Washington DC for Easter I thought it would be nice to spend it in Arlington National Cemetery; a very quite and reverent place.

This day we also spent time walking to most of the national monuments. My favorite by far is the Korean War Memorial. It seems so alive.

We ended the day with a tour to the Air & Space Museum. That's my kind of place. It never ceases to amaze me when I see all man has accomplished and how vast and beautiful the universe is. God made such a wonderful place for us to explore. (Unbelievably, I took no pictures of this museum. I must have been too caught up in the exhibits)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rain or Shine

Since rain was forecasted for today we slept in. We finally got out and headed to the Nature History Museum about 11:30 am. EVERYONE in DC was at that museum. After a hitting the highlights we visited the Botanical Gardens. Finally, the last stop of the afternoon was the US Capitol (inside this time). I am now taking a break back at the hotel. Hopefully I can get everyone up for a night tour of the Monuments.

All access tour - DC

Our first day was quite busy. We saw the Capitol (from the outside), the Library of Congress, the White House (visitor's center) and the Pentegon. Yes, the Pentagon. Now I can't tell you what we saw in the Pentagon. It was top secret stuff. I can tell you that it was AWESOME!