Hyun Family goes to Washington (DC)

We took a family trip out to Washington DC with the kids, Tenille’s parents, and my mom.  There is so much to see in DC that you have to prioritize and choose what to see.  Since this is the first trip for the kids and my mom, we decided to hit the highlights. 

The itinerary was probably a bit ambitious.  We came home with sore feet almost every night.  Our minor discomfort was probably a good reminder of what the soldiers of the Revolutionary War and Civil War must have endured as they marched for miles in the summer heat, sometimes in bare feet.

Tenille found a house for rent on AirBnB.  It was inexpensive, but the lights kept going out.  Her dad risked his life several times every evening flipping the sizzling fuse switches.  At the end of the day, no one got hurt and we saved a few bucks.

Here’s a quick photo tour of what we saw.

Arlington:

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National Cathedral:

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A moon rock was embedded in this stained glass window.  This is the science and technology stained glass window.

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Andrew and Grandpa fighting over who gets to ride in the stroller.  (j/k – just goofing around in the cathedral garden.)

Washington DC LDS Temple:

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Smithsonian:

Museum of Natural History:

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Both Air and Space Museums:

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American History Museum:

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Greensboro Lunch Counter (Civil Rights Protest) and the Gunship Philadelphia

National Mall (Tour):

White House:

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FDR Memorial:

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MLK Memorial:

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Korean War Memorial:

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World War II Memorial:

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Lincoln Memorial:

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Washington Memorial:

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial:

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U.S. Capitol Building:

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(Statue of Whitman from Washington State)

Bureau of Printing and Engraving:  (The Money tour)

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Supreme Court:

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Library of Congress:

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Probably the most beautiful building in DC if not the world.

Adam Smith’s Office (our district representative):

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(He wasn’t there…. so we had to let ourselves in…)

Gettysburg:

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The boys earned their Junior Ranger badges.

Mt. Vernon:

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On the last night, we met up with our good friends Dave, the foremost authority on West Africa, and Diana Evans and crashed their Friday movie and pizza party. 

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Andrew’s the only one who got to sleep while touring… but this is pretty much how we all felt.

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A real man’s rotisserie

This summer, Adam helped me roast a whole pig on a home-made rotisserie.  Being an engineer, and having virtually infinite construction resources (his dad’s house), he talked to me about how a “real” rotisserie might be built.  I secured a budget to do a lamb roast for my birthday and before I knew it we’re at his dad’s house building a metal frame rotisserie. 

In the process, I learned how to weld (by which I mean I tried it a few times and whined about how difficult it was.)  Honestly, welding was a little more difficult than I thought.  I was figuring it was like the big boy version of soldering.  Not really.  Metals are melting and sparks are flying. 

The first time, I wore polyester running pants.  BIG MISTAKE.  Polyester does very little in protecting you against molten metal.  The second time, I wised up and wore jeans.  However, one time I felt a warmness crawl up my leg.  I lifted up my mask to find that my pants was on fire.  Apparently, molten metal must have jumped onto the frayed cuffs… and there were flaming licking up the inside of my leg.   It was awkward a bit awkward stamping it out with my other foot, but between Adam and I, we were able to put me out without any injury.  Perhaps due to that incident (or my pure incompetence in welding), I didn’t really volunteer too much to be the welder.

Adam’s dad’s garage had just about every tool imaginable and an endless pile of metal.  The motors and gears used are likely overkill, but this rotisserie can probably roast some big animals.  Excited to try it out with the lamb (which should be like nothing for this machine…)

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