We came, We saw, there was still so much to see in DC

Posted by on March 31, 2014

We had a quick spring break trip this year and it was off to Washington, DC we went.  We have let Nelson pick a city he’d like to travel to for the last few years.  We’ve been to Chicago and Atlanta previously.  This was the first time we were taking Rand and Bain didn’t want to be left out either.  This was our first family trip, not including the beach.  Just the four of us.   I was so, so excited.     
On Friday we got to Washington and took our tour of the capitol.  If you have never had a personal tour you must do it.  Back in February I emailed Senator Burr’s office and requested a tour.  Brittany the Tour Coordinator for his office couldn’t have been more helpful.  She set up our very own tour guide, Margaret, who took us on a fantastic tour and we all learned a lot.  The only thing I wish is I would have taken more photographs.  Major thanks to Senator Burr’s office.  It is my understanding that all Senators do this for their constituents. Absolutely look into it.
 For my crowd it was a fantastic way to enter DC.
This is the best picture I got of the three guys.  Rand wasn’t exactly cooperating.

All the statues (each state gets two) are suppose to be made of bronze or marble but Hawaii sent this statue of Kamehameha I and it was made with gold.  Not in the rules… but too heavy to send back.  My boys thought it was awesome.  
We went to the United States Botanical Gardens after.  
Which were fantastic but of course I forgot to take a picture.  
After a fun dinner we were off to our hotel…  
On Saturday we got up and it was off to the 
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.  
I had read to get their early because there will be a line.  So I was pleasantly surprise when we arrived at ten and there was no line.  In we went.

We first were off to the dinosaurs… if you are going to DC go see them NOW!  The exhibit is going offline for five years.  It was well worth the congestion to see all of the dinos. 
Prehistoric shark’s mouth…  Pretty Crazy right?

Bug exhibit… O.Orkin Insect Zoo.
This is Nelson petting a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  I have never been so proud.
He would not have done that a few years ago.  

Nelson thought the crystals were great… Rand was getting hungry.  We didn’t leave till close to 2:30. Four and a half hours of museum fun was about all Rand could handle.  
If you are going to take a trip to Washington, DC run to the Natural History Museum.  It is fantastic.  What is crazy, is after four and a half hours we needed to leave  because we were hungry but there was still so much to see.  
Rand loved the interactive pieces in the Insect Zoo and The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.  Did he understand it all?  Absolutely not…  (did he call it the people exhibit… yes.  He’s five) but was it fascinating to him.  Absolutely.  Nelson has my dorky love for a museum, when I asked him what his favorite part of the museum was he said everything…  
More about Saturday tomorrow!
Dashing – xoxox


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