I would like to say I am a birder but really I am a walker that carries a camera. Always find nature. It is February 2015! Happy Valentines Day!
By: WeatherWise , 5:45 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Photos from Washington, D.C. Trip
In last blog, I shared photos from my travel day. We left Roanoke at 6 am so as to get to Vienna by 10 to catch a performance for the girls at the Theater in the Woods in the The Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts. We ate a quick sandwich as we headed over to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly VA. We spent the night in Chantilly at a really nice hotel called Staybridge. We really lucked up on our room - it was a suite with two bedrooms, two baths and a sitting room and a full kitchen - not that we were cooking. The girls did pop some popcorn. Surely would have been nice to have had that suite all week.
On Saturday, we drove into DC - Everything was pretty and peaceful and easy to get around.
The Captitol Building
The White House
We started out with an Overview of the Smithsonian and tour of The Castle (Home to the Smithsonian Information Center as well as the Institution’s administrative headquarters).
The Castle: Intro to Smithsonian - A tour explaining the Smithsonian
Amazing Architecture in the Castle
Peacock for my blog friends with real peacocks of their own - I think Calpoppy and perhaps GardenGrl
Smithsonian Natural History Museum
After the tour, we headed over to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The girls really enjoyed the hands on area of the museum.
They seemed super surprised that I recognize this tobacco worm - I explained that we used to have to take them off the plants as a kid
This one was so weird - looked like a walking leaf
Another weird one
The World War II Memorial
We ate a sandwich as we headed over to the World War II Memorial - The girls worked on a Junior Ranger Badge that included all of the memorials which took several trips back. By now, it was getting quite hot and and I was feeling tired.
The Vietnam Memorial
Next we headed over to the Vietnam Memorial which I am always interested to see. The Park Ranger helped me find my brother-in-law's name on the wall and did a penciled rubbing for me with a special pen or pencil. The girls realized about that time they needed to do one for their badge so they did one of their uncle's name also.
The Washington Monument
Our last activity for the day was a tour of the Washington Monument. Thank goodness for elevators - We went all the way to the top. What a view from all directions!
The Capitol Area - View from the top of the Washington Monument
The Capitol - View from the top of the Washington Monument
The Jefferson Memorial from the top of the Washington Monument
Our hotel from the glass elevator
For Sandi - Surely thought of your fish pool when I saw all of these fish in the pools downstairs. Feeding time was at 9 and 6 - a tray of little cups of fish food was set out for the kids or big kids too to feed the fish. It was quite exciting. You will probably see more fish shots.
More Photos to Come
Radar for my area:- Rain seems to have a hold on us.
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