Washington DC

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Sep 10, 2008


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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hey,
So i have had a very long day today...but it has been the best off campus trip i have done on a weekend with the kids. Mind you Kirsty and I only had 4 kids with us, but they can be a handful at times so nothing ever goes perfectly but we had a great day in D.C and the kids did too so it was awesome.
Kirsty and I haven't done any Saturday trips together thus far so we were excited to finally get to go on a trip together but more so because it was D.C and we were dying to see it. We had a long bus ride from camp, and stopped in and drove through Maryland another state so we technically have been in 3 states in one day so that's pretty cool huh?
Anyway, we got to D.C about 12pm so it was a 3 hour bus ride for us all. It was raining in Pennsylvania before we left but once we got into D.C it was so hot so that was good, because i didn't want to see it with rain and have crappy photos and all.  As we drove through we saw the Capitol building, so i felt like i was in a movie cos i have seen it so many times in CIA films and National Treasure of course so it was truely awesome to see this building right next to me as we drove past it. When we got off the bus, first we went and saw the Washington Monument, which is 555 feet tall. It is in honour of George Washington, the first American President so i read, and really is a dominating piece of architecture. It was glistening in the sunlight and looked really spectacular from a distance and up close. It really is worth seeing if you ever visit D.C. Then we went to the Holocaust Musuem which is free, as are the Smithsonian museums but we didn't have time to see them but theat was okay. The Holocaust musuem was really good from what we saw. One of the kids didn't feel comfortable there even though we were in the kids museum so we had to leave so that was a shame especially since it has so much in it and we didn't even get to remotely see enough. But owel, atleast we saw something right? So we had lunch and then went walking around.
We went to near where the Capitol building is and had good view of that as well as the Washington Monument which was directly opposite it. So we took some photos of all that like tourists do, and then walked around for about 30 minutes. We found a huge fountain in the Sculpture Gardens which was heaven to us like you have no idea...so we all took our shoes off and sat with our feet in the water for the next 15 minutes...it was bliss and so beautiful and the jets were so powerful that we got sprayed with a light shower of water which felt so good. It was so cool, and the kids really enjoyed it but not as much as Kirsty and Me :) Then we went back to where the rest of the group who wanted to see the White House had to meet.
So it was a really quick walk to the White House from the Washington Monument, which was good since we were all sweating like pigs in the heat!! I thought the White House would be much more secluded but it isn't its right near the road where cars drive past. So i can't believe The President of the USA lives so close to the little people :) It was bizarre that Bush could live so close to all his enemies :)
So we walked up to the gate that surrounds the grounds and there it was...The White House. Even though we were all hot and exhausted we all immediately perked up once we saw that. It was just as I imagined it, maybe a little smaller that i expected but it was a fair bit in the distance so up close it would be much bigger. Anyway we took some pictures of course and enjoyed looking at something we had all seen so many times yet never in the flesh, and then walked around the grounds to the other side of The White House. That was a much better view of the White House because it was so close to  us this time. I recognised both sides of the House so it was really good to see it up close like we could. There were protesters though which i forgot about seeing there countless times on the news, so it was good to see that in the flesh aswell. They were protesting in silence (they weren't loud or anything) and held signs and banners and all that stuff so it was really good to see it. Plus we could see the secret service walking around in their uniforms (not very secret really :)) and also on the grounds of the White House so it shows how tight the security is if someone tried to get in.
Afterwards we went back to where the bus dropped us and got driven to the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool as seen in Forrest Gump for those familiar with the film.  We went up the steps to the Abraham Lincoln Statue where he sits in the giganic chair and is like a hundred feet high, but it was so cool to see that. As you walk up the steps you can see him sitting there so its really spine tingling when you see soemthing like that so much and see it in the flesh, especially because everything is so elaborate when it comes to U.S President Memorials but it was so cool. I really loved it. Then we went to the Reflecting Pool and walked along that, took some pictures stupid ones too which was fun, and then we went across to the World War Two Memorial which was really good to see because there was so much detail to it. Within 5 minutes though of looking at that it started pelting with rain, the drops were SO big i don't think i've ever seen them like that, but we had heard thunder when we were at the Reflecting Pool so we knew something was coming soon, so we ran back to the bus...but it was time to leave anyway for dinner so it wasn't a big deal really. 
We were drenched and were all glad to be out of the rain. So the bus took us to Georgetown where there is alot of shops and stuff, so that was a nice place. They rain still hadn't cleared when we got there so we had to run yet again inside the food court but by the time we ate and came back out at 7pm it was so sunny you would never have known a storm had passed through at all.
We got home at 10pm which was good cos we were all tired and bored with being on the bus for so long. So it was a great day. I really enjoyed myself, the kids were good, Kirsty and i had fun and we got to do it all for free...you can't ask for a better day than that!!

One more week to go of camp!! Hopefully i will be able to upload stuff every few days when i'm travelling, i will do my best. Speak to you all when i finish here and begin my Hollywood trip of a lifetime...I'm counting down the days!!

Love to you all, mum and nan not long now...can't wait to see you in Vegas!!!

Toni xoxo
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