Monumental D.C. Road Scholar program #12392

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Monday, May 6, 2013

"I visited the National Air and Space Museum. I believe the title is misleading because it is actually full of stuff."                                    -Unknown

We slept in a bit later and had breakfast in the hotel. Today would be an adventure: we were off to find the Crystal City Metro Station. A nice couple walking our way helped us find the station and then a helpful attendant showed us how to buy our passes. We caught the Yellow Line to L'Enfant Promenade and walked to the National Air and Space Museum. Since we had learned to enjoy using the T in Boston, the whole process was pretty easy.

We spent a couple of hours in the Museum and were pretty awed by the immensity of it. We saw the lunar lander, Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module, Apollo Lunar Module, Skylab Orbital Workshop, the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, the Sopwith and Red Baron and the DC 3 that John used to travel by in college days. We even got to touch a moon rock.

After a while we decided to return to the Museum of Natural History. We walked through the National Gallery Sculpture Gardens where we ate a nice lunch at the Pavilion Café. We had sandwiches and a break for our feet!

We enjoyed seeing more of the Natural History Museum, especially the mammals exhibit and human origins. There were interesting films on both topics. We wanted to go to the National Archives and tried twice but the line was SO long. We had planned to go to the Library of Congress and Florida House but the timing and distance just weren't working out so we admired the Mall and took some photos.

By 3 PM we were dragging and so started our return trip. There was no problem getting the Yellow Line back to Crystal City and our hotel.

Our Road Scholar program started with dinner and program orientation at 6:45. Our coordinator, Megan, was the youngest we have ever had! And the cutest, John would add! The group was about half the size of the Road Scholar program in Williamsburg. From the introductions they seemed like very amiable folks. The next day had a field trip to Mount Vernon in store.

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