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A Day of Museums


17 May

Day 11, Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well, the weather report had said that Saturday was going to be a rainy day, so I planned ahead of time that this would be the day we’d do both the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Natural History Museum. I had hoped to be done with the American History by lunch, eat lunch, and then head on over to the Natural History Museum, but by lunch we had only finished ONE of the three floors! I decided we’d eat lunch and then cover the rest a bit quicker, but it was probably at least 1:30 or 2:00 before we finished seeing the American History Museum, and that was with half the museum closed for renovations! It was interesting, but sadly lacking a lot of the things I remembered, or had hoped to see. I didn’t even realize until just now the Foucault Pendulum is gone! I looked it up and found out it was removed in the late ’90s.

The Natural History Museum (more…)

Driving, Gorgeous Land, and Rain!


09 May

Day 6, Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday we actually didn’t get to do a whole lot of stuff, because this was the day we drove to our second hotel in northern Virginia so we are closer to D.C.

On the way up I happened to catch a glimpse of one of those famous brown history signs and asked my son if he wanted to go to a battlefield. He was up for it, so off to Fredericksburg we went. We went to the visitor center where the man working there gave us a nice little talk and then we followed the trail they had along with various signs explaining the battle and things we saw along the trail.

There was a house that was actually there during the battle and it displayed bullet holes as proof. There was an actual part, as well as a reconstructed area, of a stone wall that was there the Rebel army hid behind, as well as some monuments and a soldier cemetery, where there were something like 30,000 buried, but most in mass graves because only less than 3,000 could be identified.

We also had time at the end of the day to sneak in a visit to Mount Vernon , though we really should have had more time for it.  (more…)

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