Saturday, August 22, 2009

Washington, D.C. trip

We decided to torture the kids by taking them to Washington DC for our family trip this year.  It was hot and humid and we walked 423 miles, but they did great.  I think they all had parts and pieces that they really enjoyed.  
Thankfully, Pearl remembered her camera.  I thought Lee had ours, and he thought I had it.  What he did bring was a new Flip video camera.  We have hours of fascinating video of us going up and down the escalators to the Metro subway, us eating, us walking, and a few hours of us looking at stuff.  What's wonderful about video is that he caught us laughing.  Laughing about nothing and everything.  The pictures below were all taken by Pearl, unless she's the subject in them.  
Union Station, the first night we were there.  We're staying in Arlington, and so took the subway just about everywhere.  I can't brag enough about their 'train' system.  Clean, easy to use, and safe.  It's a tourist's delight!
Capitol Building  
Supreme Court
Welcome to our newest Supreme Court Justice, Sotomayor.
World War II statue honoring the Marine Corps.  
This one means a lot to me because my dad fought in WW II as a Marine.  He fought in the Pacific.  He had to shoot a woman holding a grenade in order to save his fellow soldiers.  None of the other men could do it.  It messed him up.  
Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Amazing and beautiful and humbling. 
 Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred-sixty five days a year. 
 Snow, sleet, wind, rain, hail, heat and humidity, no matter.  
Every 30 minutes during the winter.  Every 15 minutes during the hottest part of the summer.
Mr. Leopard taking a break after dragging his lunch into a tree to protect it from lions and hyenas.
Smithsonian Natural History museum
Julia Child's actual kitchen. 
Julia rocked before Emeril was even out of diapers. 
Smithsonian American History museum
Thank goodness we don't need these anymore.
Smithsonian American History museum
Pearl and a friend waiting for a train.  My favorite picture out of all of them. :)
Smithsonian American History museum
A new little girl has moved into the house next door at the "Suburbia" exhibit in the American History museum.  James welcomes her. :)
The only photo of the three of them together.  Fake smiles and all.  George Washington could use a nice polo shirt.  Wonder what size he'd wear?
Only photo of me and Lee.  Real smiles.  George could still use a shirt, but being the father of our nation, I guess he can wear what he wants. Or not.
Insider tip extraordinaire! 
The third floor of the Hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden has 5 leather sofas to sit on.  SSssoooooo nice to get off the tired dogs and chill in the air conditioning.  It also has a great view of the Mall.
Smithsonian's newest addition--National Museum of the American Indian.  Beautiful, inside and out.  The entire building has meaning.  The picture above represents the canyon walls of the American west.  Wonderful exhibits!  Worth the visit, for sure.

There were 180+ pictures taken.  This is just a snippet.
People ask what we saw, so here's the rundown.
Union Station
Holocaust Museum
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Smithsonians: Hirshhorn, American Indian, American History, and Natural History
Many of the monuments were seen by Lee, Pearl and Tom.  James and I were tuckered out.
White House tour
Capitol building
Arlington Cemetery
The Aquarium

We rode many miles on the Metro, probably traveled miles on escalators going up and down out of the Metro stations, we ate good food, and managed to keep smiles on our faces for most of the trip.  
I know we all had our favorite things. What I'm most proud of is that we all did a pretty good job of not making the others miserable if we were doing something we didn't really want to be doing.  


  1. Your family rocks!!! You two don't look old enough to have kids that age. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

  2. Great pictures! It looks like y'all had fun! I have always wanted to go back to D.C. ever since I visited as a teenager.

  3. oh, you went some great places! D.C. is such an interesting place to visit, but yes, it does get tiring walking around all those monuments and museums and all. Glad you guys had a great time (& I agree with Myrna - you guys don't look old enough to have kdis that age!).

  4. I read your blogs today from top down, I guess the kids started school yesterday. Then I had to cry and cry for those kids' families, then I had a LAUGH RIGHT OUT LOUD! about the walking 423 miles, impressive, HAHAHA AND the videos of you eating and looking at stuff and going up and down escalators, I can't wait to see it. I love the your Clan! xo aunt jean

  5. Oh I love going to DC to visit. Good thing is we only live 1-1/2 hours away so we can visit often, though we don't! I especially love the museums.

  6. Wow - Pearl took some nice pictures! Sounds like it was a wonderful trip for the whole family. And I agree with the others - you two look so young!