Monday, April 21, 2008

DC Day 2 - Sprinkles

Today was much better.  The weather was better but it still rained on and off all day.  We stayed mostly dry.  We woke up early, hit the breakfast buffet, picked up the tour guide then headed over to start our day.  I was told I could not bring my knitting needles into the Capitol so I had to leave my knitting in the bus for the beginning of the part of the day.  First stop was the Library of Congress, which has the most amazing architecture and art.  They had a new exhibit of Jefferson's original library that they have recovered.  The documents were amazing to see.  I thought it was interesting to see the original letter telling Washington that he was elected unanimously as the president and the first inaugural speech.  

From there we headed to the lunch and then the Capital building for our tour.  I love the sculptures and of course the architecture.  After our tour, we stopped at the Natural Museum.  I brought my sock along and snapped a shot of my sock hanging out with the elephant that is in the entrance.

The Natural Museum is interesting.  The kids went off, and the chaperone's sat and had some gelato. :)  We checked out the shops and a little bit of the museum.  Last year, I checked every square out and saw the Hope Diamond.  I figured now that I have a diamond on my finger and I've seen it before I was ok with not seeing it this year.

From here we got back on the bus and off to Arlington Cementary.  This is an amazing place.  We saw Kennedy's grave and the view that he has.  Check it out. :)  My sock is the main focus but you can see the skyline a little bit.
Well, from there we saw the Lee House, or as my sister likes to call it the Martha Washington Custis House.  We then realized we were running a bit late for our appointment with the changing of the guards for the laying our wreath ceremony.  We booked it and all the kids got a chance to see the changing of the guards and then our four kids that we had selected got a chance to lay the wreath.  It was very special. 

The last stop after Arlington was a mall for some dinner and then back to the hotel...where I'm exhausted and ready to sleep.  

Hope everyone is doing well.  Hopefully tomorrow the sun will come out. :)

Happy Knitting!!


  1. Cool pics! I like the elephant in the background. Did you go to art school or something? :)

  2. Sounds like you and your sock are having a great trip. Great way for the kids to experience history

  3. A bus tour is probably one of the best ways to see the sights. Glad you had a good day.


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