12/20/97
... what we did in Washington D.C.





Bill:

Saturday we got up around 7:00. We took a while getting ready and packing, since we won't be coming back to this motel. By 9:00 we were on our way to see a little of Washington, although in one day we'll hardly scratch the surface.

We drove in from the north of the city, via Silver Springs and Chevy Chase.

The novelty of keeping journals has worn off a bit, and the kids aren't writing as much.

 


 

Logan:

Good morning. We are driving to the Washington Monument. We have to get tickets. The tickets are free. We are at the top of Washington Monument and the view is lovely. There is a gift shop here, but we are not buying anything.

Rev:

I also went in the Washington Monument. We looked of a window and saw things. When we went down my Dad got stuck on the top but he got down.

Rev:

Then we went to the White House. There were a lot of guards. They wouldn't even let us stop. I saw the president on the lawn with guards.


Bill:

At the White House, Rev ran ahead up the sidewalk. He says he saw President Clinton come out of the White House with some visitors. I missed it myself.

Channing:

The next day we went into a few things like the Smithsonian, Washington Monument, and National Archive. And that is what we did in Washington D.C.

Bill:

After the White House, we visited the National Archives. The Archives were far more impressive than I had thought they would be. We saw the original Declaration of Independence, and original portions of the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and other documents. Especially interesting were a draft of FDR's "4 Freedoms" speech, edited in his own hand; a document by George Washington appointing Supreme Court justices, and a letter by Helen Keller, signed by her.


Rev:

I saw the Declaration of Independence. I also saw the Magna Carta.




Bill:

We barely scratched the surface at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. A high point for me was seeing an IBM card sorter that, although slightly older than the ones I used in the 1960s, was so similar that I immediately knew exactly how each control worked. Even the mechanism by which the column selector moved was identical. If they'd plugged it in, I could have sorted a deck of cards on the spot.





 

Logan:

We went to the Smithsonian. There was a pendulum, a movie theater, radio sounds, etc.

Rev:

Then we went to the Smithsonian. We saw a pendulum. Then we watched a show. The screen opened and we walked in. Then there was another movie. Then after that movie that screen opened and we walked in. That was the end of the show.

Then we saw the computer and telegraph exhibit.

Logan:

We are in one of the Smithsonian's museums. We are buying Rocketman ice cream. There is a movie theater here when you're done with the introduction you go to the second room. The wall opens for you.

Rev:

Then we went to New York to see my Grandpa and Grandma.

Bill:

We bought gifts for the kids' teachers in the Smithsonian gift shop, then headed north to New York. We didn't want to return the car late and incur an extra day's rental charge, so we charged through New Jersey, over the Verrazano Bridge, and on to Kennedy and National Car Rental. We took the shuttle bus to the American Airlines terminal where Jane's father picked us up.

Channing:

My Trip of New York

Hi, we are starting our drive to my grandpa and grandma's house. It will take us 4 or 5 hours from Washington. We finally arrived. I ran in and I gave my grandma a hug. My grandpa was helping with the luggage at that time. It was already 12:00 at night when I went to bed. The next day we mostly rested and the same the next day.

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