Checking Out DC

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today Jared and I headed in to DC to check out some sites. We had tickets to see the Washington Monument at 10:30. We got there early so they let us go at 10:00 am. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we really couldn't see much out of the windows at the top of the monument.  However, on the way down the glass in the elevators would become transparent and we could check out some of the stone that builds the monument. We got a good picture of a piece of stone donated from New York.

After the Washington Monument we strolled down the Mall to head towards the National Archives building. On the way we saw some ads for the National Museum of American History. The ads that really pulled me in were a picture of Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers and Abraham Lincoln's top hat and coat. We headed in and actually had a really good time checking out a lot of things. There was a really cool exhibit about the Star Spangled Banner, which we weren't allowed to take pictures during. Then we headed up to see Dorothy's slippers and some other cool stuff from Disney. After that we did an extensive exhibit of Lincoln.

These were the main things that we wanted to see but some other exhibits drew us in. Some of the other exhibits included Jim Henson's Muppets, a great look at all the Presidents, a travel through the wars that the US was involved in, the Continental Gunboat Philadelphia, and an exhibit about 9-11. 

After leaving this museum we headed for lunch and then to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence. We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside the National Archives (we were upset that National Treasure lied to us about this), but it was still pretty awesome to see the Declaration of Independence and all the other cool sites inside the Archives.

We headed out of there in time to get back to Alexandria and drop some stuff off for Krieger at City Hall for his permits. Once there we decided to walk down to the waterfront and ended up checking out the Torpedo Factory Art Center. It was a really cool 3 story space with tons of different little art galleries. The owners can work in the back of their space and display their art in the front.

After the art gallery we headed to the grocery store so we could make dinner for Krieger. He has been a fantastic host. We aren't totally sure yet if we are leaving tomorrow or not, but we will keep you updated.
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