Field Trip to Washington D.C.

Nathan and I got home late last night after a 2-day field trip to Washington D.C. with the 5th graders.  It was an action-packed, tiring, but super fun trip.

We left Thursday at 6:00 a.m and arrived at Mount Vernon after lunch.

Did you know that George Washington’s brother build the main 5 bedroom home.  George expanded (built himself) it into this beautiful home.  The siding looks like stone.  However, it is wood painted and sanded to look like stone.

We also saw  George Washington’s tomb.

Next stop was the Smithsonian.  We went to the Air and Space Museum first.

Next, we headed to the Natural History Museum.

I love this photo of the entrance from up on the 2nd or 3rd floor.  I am just amazed by the number of people visiting these museums.

The boys loved the insect exhibit the most.

Nathan was fascinated with the flea..which made the dog scratch itself.

We ate dinner at Union Station.  What a neat place.  Food Court had everything you can imagine to eat.  Each person got a food voucher good at one of the restaurants.

After dinner, we went to the Jefferson Memorial for a night view.

We finally got to the hotel around 10 p.m.  The boys sat up and played Uno and Yahtzee.  They would have stayed up later, but we had to be at breakfast at 6:00 a.m.

Friday morning.  It was cold and raining.  I repeat cold and raining.  We wore ponchos and walked by the Vietnam Memorials, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, and then up to the Lincoln Memorial.

View looking down from the Lincoln Memorial:

We were then forced to run to catch the bus for our next stop.  We jogged (yes it was still raining) to catch our bus.  However, the bus was not there and it did not arrive for another 45 minutes.  It was awful……cold and raining.  Finally our bus arrived and we we whisked away to the White House.

We were approved for a tour of the White House.  After standing outside in the cold and rain again, we finally were escorted inside.   No cameras or phones are allowed inside the White House.  As we were walking through, we were told by agents to be extra quiet as the President was in a meeting on the other side of a wall.  The White House is beautiful inside.  The chandeliers are amazing!  Did you know that if a Marine is out in front, the President is in the White House?

We ate a box lunch on the bus and traveled to the the Capitol Building.

Did you know that you can tell if the House or the Senate is in session by whether a flag is flying over the building.  The Senate was in session; the House was not.

Inside the Capitol was beautiful.  Statues, paintings, models of D.C.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Did you know that they built a tomb for George Washington and his wife in the Capitol?  After it was built, his will was revealed that he did NOT want to be moved from Mount Vernon.  So now it is an empty crypt.

I wish it hadn’t rained all morning because I really wanted to take some photos of the beautiful cherry trees in bloom.  They were beautiful.

And every minute I got to spend with Nathan was beautiful too….

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One thought on “Field Trip to Washington D.C.

  1. wow, what an amazing trip you two got to take. Sounds full of adventure, a bit tiring, a bummer about the rain, but overall what a cool experience.

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