Air & Space, American History and more

Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
Trip End Aug 03, 2012

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

What a day spent amongst the monuments in DC!

Our day started with a visit to the Capitol Building, which, for my money, is the quintessential U.S Government structure. Beautifully detailed, as all of these buildings are.

Next came Noah's definite highlight: the National Air & Space Museum. I can really only give you a summary of what we saw, because we saw soooooo much! How about starting at the start of manned flight itself -- the 1903 Wright Bros. Flyer. Not only from a technical standpoint is what the Wrights did impressive, but what their invention has done for our lives today. One thing Noah pointed out to me is that because people could use airplanes to get places in hours instead of days, they have been able to move farther from home and family and experience different cultures and still feel like they can always go home. Then he reminded me he wants to move to Canada at some point.
Saw the nose of a 747 jet and got to look into the cockpit, which had no computer monitors since it was an older model (retired in 1999).
Got to go on a 1950s American Airlines plane where some of the first class seats faced each other (Noah and I fail to see the logic in this)
So much more, but we need to move on to ....

The American History Museum. This was probably my highlight. I have always loved history, but more recent, industrial revolution era, not as much ancient. Like the previous, so much to see and talk about.
In the area of pop culture, we saw the very first Kermit T. Frog (he was kinda toad brown), and the standard, not easy being green version from 1970. We saw the real pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers and the hat and shoes of the Scarecrow.
Saw the hat Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Many older cars and trains.
We saw a $100,000 bill -- made in the depression of all times.
So many things and so many stories -- a recreation of an immigrant family boarding house, the story of a slave family who had been just emancipated, and more.

We got within a quarter mile of the White House and that was as close as anyone got. What is he hiding in there?

Saw the Washington Monument up close. Closed because of the earthquake last year, but you could still walk up to it.

The Lincoln Memorial was impressive, with a breath-taking view back toward the Washington Monument (even though the reflecting pool is under construction).

Then back to our hotel area for a nice dinner and a torrential lightening downpour! It was wet and very warm at the same time.

Today's fare total from Metro: $12.90 each (total already surpassing all of Chicago's fares)

This might have been the best day yet.

Tomorrow it is off to the Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport to get a look at the really big stuff!
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elle64 on

Glad you guys had such a great time.....D.C. is one of my all time favorite vacations too!!!

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