Sunday, May 15, 2011

D.C, Diarys: Day 3

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back and post more about our trip.
So day three started with Noah and Dad taking the early bus into the city so that they could go to some of the monuments. The rest of us got to sleep in and go eat breakfast at the campground cafe' (which was very good!). Mom drove(and she did a great job!) our group into Union Station. That's where we got back on the tour bus (we got a 2 day pass) to meet the boys at the Indian Museum. We enjoyed our morning there, and ate our lunch in the cafeteria, they were very nice and allowed us to eat our packed lunch there.After lunch we got back on the bus and went to Ford's Theater. This is were President Lincoln was shot. They had a very nice museum in the basement, all about the President and the conspirators in his murder.
They also had an 30 min. presentation on the events and also what became of the building afterward. It first became a three story office building until the third floor crashed in. It went through other uses until it was sold to the government and restored to it's original use as a theater and opened as part of the national park service. After our tour be got onto the Yellow line of our bus tour and started a tour up to the National Cathedral, and past all the Embassy's of other countries. We got off the bus at George Town harbor for our boat ride down the Potomac.
The whole family really enjoyed the relaxing ride down the river, we got to see many of the monuments we had visited and the Kennedy center, and also the Watergate complex.
When we returned from our boat ride we found that we were stranded, the bus that we had been riding had been the last one to make the trip to the waterfront. After a few phone calls Dad got the information on how to catch the Circulator bus that would take us back to Union Station were our car was parked. A few buses later and a few more stranded passengers like us and we were on our way back to the car. The drama continues, after we paid for the parking ticket at the terminal, I accidentally riped it up and tossed it into the trash. Well we needed that ticket to get out of the parking lot, so Dad went back to the trash can, fished out the riped remains and had to explain our dilemma to the gate keeper. After several minutes and they pieced the ticket back together and let us out. By then it was 8:30 p.m and all if us were starving, so off we were to a place to eat.We ended up at Denny's. It was very nice and we were soon home and in bed by 11:00 p.m., so maybe you can see why I did not post that night!
Check back tomorrow for the pictures from our final day in DC.

This the exterior of the Indian Museum

This is Ford's Theater

And here is the Presidential box

I would really like to come back and tour the National Cathedral,
it reminds me of something you would see in Europe

Here is the trusty boat that gave us our nice boat ride

here is the Kennedy Center

That's the Lincoln Memorial in the distance

the infamous Watergate complex


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