Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fun Times in Washington D.C.

We had a fabulous time on our trip to Washington D.C. last week. The things we saw were incredible. I could talk about it for days, but I won't make you suffer through that. I will refrain from boring you.

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Below is our itinerary. As you can see, it was full of fun. Our feet were sore and blistered. We walked over 3o miles in the 5 days we were there. Whew.

We arrived at lunch
Visited Arlington National Cemetery
Walked over the Arlington bridge (Potomac)
Visited the Korean War Memorial
Visited the Washington Monument
Walked down the entire Mall and back to our hotel at 10th and New York in downtown DC.
Ate at Acadiana's for $50 and then headed straight to McDonald's. (Don't eat at Acadiana's...moral of that story.)

Went to the top of the Washington Monument
Visited the White House and took a self guided tour
Ate at Ollie's Trolley
Visited the Capital and took a VIP tour with our congressman's staff.
Ate at McDonald's again. (..we were scared to venture out after the $50 mistake the night before)

Toured the Smithsonian Castle
Toured the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and rode the simulated fighter jet. (Randall was the pilot and I was the gunner. We went upside down most of the way and ran out of ammunition. I almost peed my pants and threw up at the same time. Whew.)
Ate lunch at McDonald's in the museum (....ole faithful, those golden arches)
Visited the front side of the Capital
Visited the Supreme Court
Toured the Library of Congress
Went to the Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
WW1 Memorial
WW2 Memorial
Watched Michelle and the girls play outside on the south lawn of the White House
Ate at Ella's Pizza

Toured Ford's Theatre
Toured the Smithsonian American History Museum
Ate lunch at the Stars & Stripes Cafe in the museum and overpaid big time
Toured the Jefferson Memorial
Ate at Old Ebbitt's Grill and ate Clyde's Mussels
Sat in the hotel bar/lobby for 3 hours observing people

Toured the National Archives
Toured the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Ate lunch at Subway
Went to the airport to come home

What an adventure that we will live to tell about for the rest of our lives.!



Jennifer said...

It sounds like you had a great time. DC is such a neat place and full of history. It's kind of hard to believe that you're really there when you visit.

Trish said...

WOW! That is a lot of stuff! I can't imagine Jedidiah suffering... I mean making it through that this summer. Can you tell Roger made our vacation plans. I am excited about it! but I don't think there will be much there for Jeddy. I think it would have been B-O-R-I-N-G to me at the ripe ole age of 5. Can you tell I am just thinking about all the work of keeping up with Jedidiah. It will definetly be the "speed tour" through DC. haha

The Sledge's said...

what a fun trip...we take our 5th graders every other year. Can you imagine keeping up with kids and doing all the things yall did?!? It is an absolutely amazing time though!

Matt and Jolee said...

How fun! I'm hoping we get stationed there next. I've been a few times, but my kids really haven't and I would love for them to experience it.

Wanderdarkling said...

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Contestants can submit a video performance of the national anthem to the Star-Spangled Banner group on YouTube. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2009.

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