Washington D.C. was the first step on this summer’s journey. We left Georgia and drove to Maryland, where we stayed, just outside of Washington D.C. Each day for 3 days we were able to get up, have breakfast and take the K6 (bus) to the Red Line (train) into the city of D.C. to see the sights.
On Monday, we walked around the White House and many memorials, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. We enjoyed all of the memorials, although we were disappointed that the reflecting pool is currently having it’s foundation re-constructed, so there in essence was no reflecting pool at this moment. However, one of our favorite statues was a random Albert Einstein statue we found outside the National Center for Science and Engineering. It had a giant statue, and on the base it had a life size map of the constellations. Kal, my science buff, truly enjoyed this statue.
On Tuesday, we visited the Smithsonian Museums. There are 19 museums in the Smithsonian series, all free to the public due to being paid by taxpayer dollars. However, we only managed to truly get through 2 – the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum (Yeah for Dinosaurs!) We also walked through a sculpture garden and got our feet wet in a man-made pond/ water feature. Each of these museums was HUGE and we could have spent an entire day or two at each. We missed out on at least 2 museums that we wanted to see, but unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time. These museums are a HUGE treasure, though, and we want to visit again, just to see them.
On Wednesday, we took another section of the Smithsonian to visit – the National Zoo. I couldn’t believe how huge the zoo was!! It took us all day to cover it, and we still missed sections. Kal was sad that we missed the Cheetahs. Zaiyd was sad that the seal exhibit wasn’t open yet. But, overall, we all saw cool animals that we wanted to see. I was very impressed with the focus of the zoo on knowledge collection and conservation. I was also impressed with the “misting machines” that were located around the zoo. It was VERY HOT on the day that we went, and we would have fried if it wasn’t for these machines.
Now, we are heading out of D.C. on our way to New York City (NYC), with a quick stop in New Jersey to visit with friends. I am amazed that I am this far into my journey already. We have been waiting and preparing for months, and now the time is upon us and passing quickly. A week from today, I will already be in Morocco!