Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DC Day 2

On the second day of our trip we loaded the bus at 7:15 and headed into Washington. 

Our first stop was the MLK memorial. This was my first time seeing this memorial and I was really impressed with it. Then we walked to the FDR memorial which is one of my favorites. 

After the memorials we were off to Ford's theater where Lincoln was shot. We also went to the Petersen house across the street from Ford's theater. This is where they rushed Lincoln and where he eventually died the next day. This is a newer museum with quite a bit of information and an amazing display of books in the middle of the spiral staircase.

Sitting in Ford's theatre

Bed where Lincoln died

Petersen house book display

Next we went to the Smithsonian museums for lunch and touring. We had a little over five hours to visit the museums. Amazing how little time that really is once you're begin your tour.  

Friends in DC with the capitol behind them

Air and Space Museum

Future presidents?

From the Smithsonians, we headed to dinner at Pentagon City mall and we were lucky enough to meet up with my sister. She works in Alexandria and came to the mall on her way home. Shelly and I were happy to have a chance to visit with her. 

After dinner, we walked to the Pentagon to see the 9/11 memorial and it was breathtaking and sobering. A beautiful tribute to those who died during this tragic event. From here, we visited the Air Force memorial.

Our final destination for the evening was the Jefferson memorial. It was a bit rainy but the Jefferson memorial looked so pretty at night. From here we headed back to our hotel at about 9:15.

A view of the Jefferson from earlier in the day

Friends at the Jefferson memorial

Our 5th graders singing

The view from the Jefferson

I haven't mentioned our terrific tour guide. Her name was Helga and she was a wealth of information. So glad we had such a great guide on this trip.

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