Friday, April 20, 2012

Washington DC: Day 1

Like I said, we had not planned to go to Washington on our way home. I had wanted Johnny to plan a little trip for our way home, but he didn't think it was a good idea...until we got to Lisa's. he spent all Saturday looking up places to go. I went to bed not knowing where or what we were doing the next day. When I woke up he had decided on DC. 

The drive on Sunday was not bad. We stopped in this "great" little town, Historic Halifax. All we wanted was a little park to eat our sandwiches, but we got a tour of the town, the WHOLE time.When we got into DC I was amazed. I Had been there before, but I didn't remember it being so beautiful. 

We started our tour of the Mall at the National Archives. This is where they keep the Declaration, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. It was one of the places I didn't get to see when I had been there before. I was amazed how faded the Declaration and Bill of Rights were you could not read them, but the Constitution was  like it had been written yesterday. 

Next we headed to the Air and Space Museum I remember it being a lot cooler the first time. Maybe its more for kids.

Now on to what Johnny really wanted to see. If you know Johnny you know he LOVES our 16th President, Mr. Abe Lincon himself. Johnny had already been to DC before and he did not get to visit Ford's Theatre, so this was a must for him. It was one of my favorite places we saw this trip. We got to listen to a lecture on Lincon and the events leading o his death. 

Then we headed to the capitol building. We were planning on going in, but there were a ton of guards with big scary guns, so we thought it was best not to try and enter. 

Our next stop was the Library of Congress, Johnny's #2 on his must see list, but by the time we walked there it was after just after five, and that meant it was closed. As I sat mourning that fact for Johnny (while he wandered trying to get a peak inside) I heard a bell tolling. I got to thinking hey why would a bell be tolling if the hour should have already tolled? I ran over to Johnny and mentioned it and he said it looked like they were still letting people in. So it wasn't passed five it was just turning five. Anyway they let us in and I'm so glad they did. It was the most beautiful building I have ever seen. The pictures don't even do it justice.

Our day was done so we headed over to Union Station to take the metro back to the hotel On our way we passed the Supreme Court Building.  Union Station was pretty cool. It was like a shopping mall inside. Johnny found a Barnes and Noble inside and spent some time there. 

So that sums up our first day in DC. 

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