Journey of a Lifetime


Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 26 - Mission: Washington DC, Part 1

Today we learned quickly how to ride the metro from Maryland into DC. Our first stop was the National Archives.
Where we were able to view the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Talk about old - the lighting in the exhibit is so dim to prevent and further deterioration of these documents.
A quick jaunt across the street and we were in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Complete with dinosaur bones
and fine jewelry - a rare encounter with not only the Hope Diamond but also the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond.
Next we made our way to the Smithsonian American History Museum
Here you can see everything from Abraham Lincoln's top hat, to Michele Obama's Inaugural Ball Dress
Dorothy's ruby slippers,
the original Kermit the frog
& Julia Child's kitchen.
"Look Colby! A RED le Creuset!"

After musing at the museums, we went out for a walk to the Washington Monument,
the White House,
and the Lincoln Memorial. (Look closely - its raining -almost sideways)
Along the way, Colby showed Albert Einstein how to Google on an iPhone.
We also completed another "Choose Your Own Adventure" - with Colby comparing shoe sizes with Abraham Lincoln. Hhmmm, what do you think?
When we were about to leave the Lincoln Memorial, a bolt of lightening hit very nearby with a tremendous thunder clap instantly after. Shrieking girls and heavy rain, sent us back inside until it passed over. Then after taking the metro back to the car in Maryland, we had another awesome light show in the sky. This is one of the pictures we were able to capture.
For dinner, we ate at the Italian Inn - delicious and filling!
Tomorrow another day of museums and DC sights.

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