Air & Space

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Aquia Pines Campground

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunday morning......the perfect day to get up early and get into the city early enough to stand in line (not our favorite thing to do) for tickets to go up the Washington Monument.  It was recommended to get in line about an hour before they start dispersing tickets.  The kids were painfully tired and were sleeping in the back seat on the way into town.  Clark dropped Ellen and Rusty off to walk over to the monument and get in line while Clark and Audrey (who choose to sleep longer) parked the car and walked through town to get there just as line started to move.  There were lots of times available when we got to the window and we choose to go up in the morning so we could have the rest of the day to tour something else.

Another impressive monument in a monumental city.  This 551' tall structure built of Georgia marble and no mortar gave us 360 degrees of spectacular views.  We were glad we had woken up early and waited in line.  We all agreed it was worth the wait.

Off to the Air and Space Museum.  It was time for lunch and we decided it was in everyone's best interest to eat before we started walking through the museum.  We descended upon the World's largest McDonald.  Yes, we ate McDonald's and yes it was indeed the world's largest.  It had a 24 bays where you place your order and 2 floors of seating where birds were flying about.

We moved in and out of displays and movies all regarding space and flight.  The kids were enjoying themselves, but really wanted to get over to the flight simulator where you literally roll around in a fighter jet where someone is the pilot and the other is a gunner.  The pilot is responsible for maneuvering the jet into place for the gunner.  A lot tougher than it sounds especially when you're hanging upside down.  Ellen and Rusty were a team and Audrey and Clark.  The score was E&R 1 / A&C 0.  Yes it was difficult, but it was fun.....or so we thought until Rusty when into complete meltdown.  He was completely livid with his mother for playing such a rotten game and not allowing him to shoot more enemy targets.  After settling the boy down we continued on through numerous exhibits waiting for our last movie of more jet pilots.  It was more like an hour long commercial to join the Navy.  

It was now after 5:30 and were were all exhausted and ready to find our way home.  As we were walking to the car, there was complete commotion down the street where police, ambulances and fire trucks were assembling around what look to be a fire at the Canadian embassy.  We decided we would be onlookers.  It wasn't a fire at all, it was some boiler or something that had exploded and huge amounts of steam were billowing out onto the streets.  Then the skies opened up and rained cats and dogs.  We were prepared with umbrellas and ponchos so we were able to make it to the car somewhat dry.  It continued to rain and rain as we made our way through the traffic to our home in Fredricksburg again.
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