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.
A moon rock was embedded in this stained glass window. This is the science and technology stained glass window.
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:
Museum of Natural History:
Both Air and Space Museums:
American History Museum:
Greensboro Lunch Counter (Civil Rights Protest) and the Gunship Philadelphia
National Mall (Tour):
Korean War Memorial:
World War II Memorial:
Thomas Jefferson Memorial:
U.S. Capitol Building:
(Statue of Whitman from Washington State)
Bureau of Printing and Engraving: (The Money tour)
Library of Congress:
Probably the most beautiful building in DC if not the world.
Adam Smith’s Office (our district representative):
(He wasn’t there…. so we had to let ourselves in…)
The boys earned their Junior Ranger badges.
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.
Andrew’s the only one who got to sleep while touring… but this is pretty much how we all felt.