So, it seems I was a little overambitious with my list of “things to see” while here in Washington, D.C. with the kids. Our first full day started a little slow, not surprising considering the drive. I let the younger two sleep-in, resisting the urge to shake them into consciousness – I had a list, ya know. We headed to the U.S. Capitol for our afternoon tour (thanks again, Marco Rubio) and it was exciting, at least for me. The tour begins with an emotionally charged video titled E Pluribus Unum. I was already overwhelmed with patriotism in the first minute, however the oldest had to interrupt my moment of awe with, “How long is the video going to last?” Really? I came to realize the highlights for them were the headphones we wore to listen to our tour guide (who was amazing, by the way), the potential for getting grub at the restaurant, and spending their very last dime in the gift shop. I’m sure you can guess their response to my wanting to take the tunnel to the Library of Congress…brats.
The rest of our afternoon was spent walking, walking and more walking. My list of must see museums went from three to one, the Air and Space Museum – and only because I knew they wouldn’t let me pick American History. I’ll save my few readers from the pain of hearing about the walk to the monument and my insistence on trekking further to the Lincoln Memorial. I must admit that even the walk up those stairs to see Lincoln sitting comfortably in his chair left me more than exhausted. It was when my daughter asked why my face was so red that I knew my own personal limitations had been reached.
Elephant Exhibit Restrooms
We kept it light today and visited the National Zoo for just a few morning hours. I didn’t mind so much that the kids wanted to peruse the merchandise in the air conditioned gift shops. After leaving I got lost trying to get a close drive-by view of the Pentagon, which I did find eventually - but not because it’s the 12th largest building in the world. It was totally by accident, but consequently, we got to see Arlington National Cemetery and the Reagan National Airport. So, I got to scratch those off my list.
Well, tomorrow we check-out of the apartment we rented, which is unfortunate considering I have so much more we (perhaps just I) want to see. Maybe planning more than two weeks out next time will lend itself to obtaining more budget friendly accommodations. I intend to fit one more museum in tomorrow to fill time while The Husband concludes his business, but I can’t promise which one yet. Let’s see if we can find parking first. I’ll keep you posted.
Driving down Constitution Boulevard here in Washington, D.C. has left me in a complete state of amazement. We had just spent many hours in the car with the kids (more than I care to mention) and were at wits end with the traffic as we approached our fair nation’s capital. However, once we saw the Washington Monument standing in all its glory, any thoughts I had of planning my next trip without my offspring completely disappeared.
As we exited over the 14th Street Bridge we all became one of those many tourists we see in Florida with camera in hand and fingers pointing at everything in sight. I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you land on, you instantly feel like a kid amongst all the historic buildings as you approach the Capitol Building – which, by the way, I’m convinced was literally floating in the horizon. I look forward to exploring all the museums and monuments with the kids and have already received my tour pass for the Capitol Building from our Florida senator - who ignored the fact I disregarded the three month tour request requisite. When you fly by the seat of your pants, you just don't make plans that early. Definitely more to come…
My photo adventures in Florida