Monday, September 23, 2013

#robertstakeontheeastcoast day 7

Saturday morning. 
I wake up and feel like I had just completed the hardest workout of my life. Walking so many miles the day before in a pair of flats left my feet and legs sore. As for the rest of my body? A week of sleeping in different beds can make you ache all over. I can't wait to get home to our bed!!
We had planned on driving up to Union Station and taking a trolley tour around the city. There was a chance of rain and the day had a gloomy look to it. We decided against the trolley because we had already walked most of the places that it would take us. Plus, it can be a huge pain to take everything/everyone out of the stroller and collapse it one time. So the thought of doing that all day didn't interest me. 
So we just decided to take the Metro again. Oh fun--couldn't wait. Where is that sarcasm font when I need it?
We rode into the city and got off the Metro at the Post Office. Since the Washington Monument  is closed because of an earthquake, this was the highest point in the city to ride up and look out. 


 
One of the views from our 360 degree view of the city. 

After this, we headed for the Natural History Museum--one of the Smithsonians. I wasn't too excited about this particular museum because when you leave it up to unbelievers, they are always going to turn a whole museum about nature into a gigantic evolution museum. Evolution was included in almost every display, including a big section devoted to evolution and cave men. "Stepping back in time millions of years ago with our very close relatives, the ape." No thanks. I can't understand how they look at things like sea life, sand dunes, the human body, and explain it with chance and millions of years. I look at it all and am amazed by God's Creation!
There were a few neat things to see in the museum, as long as you didn't read anything. 

We found Nemo!

And Dory!

The lighting wasn't great for pictures. So I barely got any pictures of the day. 

I'm telling you--I love the architecture!!


The Hope Diamond, biggest diamond in the world. It is 45.52 carats and has been around for like "65,000,000 years."

My legs were killing me at this point, but we still had two more museums and the Capitol building to see. The Capitol was a mile away from where we were. We started walking and saw a little sculpture park and my dad and Eileen offered to take the boys there while we walked to the Capitol building. It was a looong walk. But we made it! Another beautiful building!



We started walking back to the rest of the group. I was feeling like I couldn't walk much farther. We got all the way back to where we left them and they said we were headed back (in the direction we had just come from) to go to the Air and Space Museum. Another Smithsonian. We didn't want to spend much time here because everyone was pretty exhausted and it looked like it was going to pour any second. We only had one umbrella and it just didn't seem fun to walk a mile in the rain to get to the Metro. So we quickly walked through the main section of the museum. It was actually pretty neat looking. If I hadn't have been so exhausted, I probably would have suggested staying longer. 



Bad lighting=blurry pictures

We started to walk back towards the American History Museum. That's the one I was most excited about. But since that was still quite a bit of a walk, and the rain was seriously about to just come down, I decided against it. I was very disappointed that I didn't get to see it though. There was a national book festival going on that weekend on the mall and there were tons of people walking around with orange tote bags. So we stopped by to pick some up for us. Who doesn't love free swag? 
They had some PBS characters there for kids to get their pictures with them. I asked Liam which character he wanted a picture with. But I had no doubt in my mind who he would pick. Princess Presto from Super Why. We almost missed her before she went on break but the worker let us go in line!
He was so excited to meet her. I finally got a genuine smile from him.

He hugged her right away


Finally! It was time to head back to the Metro! And we made it just in time. By the time we came out of the tunnel, it was raining, and continued to rain all evening. Everyone was so tired at this point. Kai proved it on the ride back


And so did Kingston

We got back and ordered some pizza and spent the rest of the night relaxing. It was much needed. 

It they were in a hair race, Scarlett would have lapped Evangeline at least a dozen times. (This is Eileen's daughter, Julie's, baby)
We got so much of DC covered in 2 days. That was all I could take! We went to bed early so we could get up and get ready for the next part of the trip!
Moving on to Pennslyvania!

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