We walked 7.5 miles today (16,432 steps) today and the kids did GREAT. Peyton, a.k.a. Ms. Long Legs, was always leading the pack. racing from exhibit to exhibit…but the rest of us eventually caught up. We had a very full day…and a lot of fun.
We welcomed the sun this morning by waking up BEFORE the break of day so we could make the drive into town for our 7:30 appointment for the White House. It took us longer to get through security than it did to do the tour. When I was younger and we went through the on tour, we had a guide and was able to actually walk into the separate rooms. Today they had it set so you could “look” into each room and just walk in the hallway. But we can say that we’ve been in the white house. I got a cool picture of the backside of it. :)
Parking was an amazing experience. I drove into town and had to drive around looking for a meter to park beside. At first I parked on the wrong side, apparently at certain times you get to park on different sides of the road. I picked the wrong side this morning, but a kind gentleman told me that I had to move to the other side of the road. We left our car and walked to our first appointment. There are a TON of buildings downtown that have great structure and history. The people here are sooo friendly, they honk and encourage you to get going within seconds of the light turning green. I do want to thank God for giving us traveling protection…we have seen some accidents, and been in backed up traffic. But we have been safe and protected.
After leaving the White House we had an appointment at the Capitol with Rep. Jason Smith’s office. We had a personal tour of the Capitol, was able to sit in on a session of the House of Representatives (participating in the opening prayer and pledge of allegiance). Having the opportunity to have basically a one-on-one tour was great. The staff in Rep. Smith’s office were great to work with. I highly recommend going through your representatives office for assistance when visiting. The Capitol has some great artwork and the ceilings were very neat. So much history…and it is all being used.
I parked in a hole in the ground after leaving my spot by the White House. Thankful for Google Maps. It has led me around and given great guidance on finding things that were needed…like all day parking for $13.00. I found it on the map, and then kinda by accident. But the attendant was friendly enough. We ended up leaving our lunch I packed and sunblock in the car, driving down into a dungeon had me a little flustered. So we had food truck meal in an outside Food Tent set up on the sidewalk. It had about six vendors other than the truck and some farmers market type booths with fruit and veggies.
After having lunch, we headed to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Simeon was ecstatic. We got to see the Wright Brother’s, Amelia’s plane, and all things NASA. It was pretty interesting. I’m not a museum type person, I’m a “let’s walk through here and look really quick”…not so much a “let’s sit and ponder and dissect these things” . I think it’s because when I was little my Dad spent three hours, AFTER the rest of us were through with the tour, reading plaques and looking at exhibits in the wax museum in Dallas. But I was excited that the kids were excited!! :)
To top the day off we caught the metro back to where our car was parked — we found the hole in the ground two blocks from a metro station. This was an experience for the kids. We went two levels under ground to catch our north bound train. It cost just as much for four people to ride the metro during “peak” hour as it did for me to park my car all day. But they can say they rode the DC Metro, and it saved us several steps. We could possibly have made it 8.5 miles if we had walked back to the car. I’m personally glad that we rode the metro…money well spent.
We have pretty much CRASHED at this point. Tomorrow we have bus tickets for the Big Bus tours, so we can just ride around all day and not have to walk unless we just WANT to get off and look at something. I do know the Lincoln Memorial is a must see, we drove around the Jefferson Memorial (due to a wrong turn the other night in the round-about on the way to Arlington). There is still so much to see and do…hopefully the kids (and me) hold up.
Catch phrase for this week: “…you uncultured swine”. — This is enacted by niece #2 when anyone ask a question concerning anything that has to do with food, art, or culture of any kind.
Mandate: Drink water. Before they are allowed to drink a soda when we get back to the motel they must drink a bottle of water. I try to keep them hydrated. Though we have had MARVELOUS weather and it has not been extremely hot, it is still important to keep hydrated.
This wraps up day two…busy, full, and we’re all tired and ready for some R&R in the motel room.