Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wrapping up DC

I'm about to set a record for the most pictures crammed into one post. Take a deep breath.

Our last two days in DC...

On Sunday (Father's day), we started out at Ford's Theater (where Lincoln was shot, if you didn't know).





We filed into the tiny theater and a national park ranger stood on the stage and described the mood of the Country at that period in history. Then gave us the back-story on John Wilkes Booth (comparing him to a Baldwin brother), and then he told us the gory deets of the night Lincoln was shot. He did a good job; the whole thing was very interesting.

This was Lincoln's theater box that night...


Here are the Esplin's, reflected onto the coat Lincoln was wearing the night he was shot. Hard to tell, yes I know.


Then we went across the street to tour the Peterson house, where Lincoln was taken after he was shot.


The bed he died in...


After that, we went to the US Navy memorial. It was a huge area with water fountains and lots of statues and interesting stories.





Then we walked over to the Federal Archives...


I love my camera timer...


There was a line to get in, so the boys entertained themselves by running up and down this grassy knoll.


Inside, we saw the Constitution (no flash allowed)...


...the Bill of Rights...


...and the Declaration of Independence...


...among other important and historical documents. It was actually a pretty big museum and we spent quite a bit of time inside.

After that, we took the subway over to Union Station, which was really cool.


From there, we ran over to the Postal museum and broke in, because it was closed.


Then we hopped on a double-decker bus tour. This is the third one we've done (we took one in London and one in New York). They are really fun, if you're ever in a big city and are thinking about taking one. Worth the money. It was *one* of the highlights of our trip--the boys went goo-goo-gaga for it.


We snapped lots of pictures from up there, like this one of the Jefferson Memorial.



Here's Cord with Rexy, entertaining us with commentary.


We hopped off the bus when we got to all the memorials and monuments. The weather was perfect, and the area was so pretty.

Washington Monument


Timer...


The water in the reflecting pool was about 75% duck poop, so of course the boys hopped over the wall to get a closer look.


There's Rexy...


I wonder how many people have these same pictures...




Lincoln Memorial




Vietnam Memorial




Korean Memorial




As the sun set, the fireflies came out, which was fascinating for us Westerners. It was dark before we got back on the double-decker bus, so we got to finish the tour at night. Really cool.


The next day, we went to the Air and Space Museum. This was one of our favorites.







We only got through half of the museum before we had to run down to the Capitol building to get there in time for our scheduled tour.



We thought we were late for the tour, so we literally ran up this ginormous hill to get there in time. After all that running, we sat and waited about 30 minutes. That's the first of many things we learned about our legislative branch.


Homer was out after that...


Not these two, tho...


The rotunda inside the capitol was really cool. We watched a video during the tour and learned a lot of interesting things about our government structure and the capitol building itself. There were tons of statues all over the place (statuary hall)--each state gets to send two statues to represent their state, so there were 100 statues. This guy is representing Colorado...


This is one of Nevada's statues, Sarah Winnemucca.


One of the Idaho statues is Senator Borah, and we learned that he had a long time affair (gasp) with the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, and they had a child together. Times have changed, eh?

We walked over to the Supreme Court building afterward, and Homer was still out...


Then we spent the rest of the day going back through some of the Smithsonian's and seeing things we missed, like Amelia Erhart's jacket at the Air and Space museum...


...and Seinfeld's puffy shirt at the American History Museum.

(That's for you, Landee)


And that's all folks.



Tune in tomorrow when I will post something that has nothing to do with Washington DC whatsoever.

6 comments:

Memzy said...

I'm speechless. And exhausted. I gotta go ice my wrist.

But srsly, my jealousy has been contained up until this last post.

samandlysander said...

Looks like a fun trip. I loved your gizes matching striped shirts.

ManicMandee said...

DC gets more and more interesting the more I hear about it. I need to take my family there!

Markie23 said...

I've heard that President Obama is continuously briefed on the current whereabouts of ALL the Baldwin brothers.

Krissy said...

^LOLLERZ...Markie cracks me up every single time! Your boys are such troopers!

Mary said...

Fantastic post. And it was good to get a closeup view of "Rexy" making yesterday's post more meaningful to me.