One of the best things about living in South East Pennsylvania is that we are so close to so many places. Rehearsals were going well at work and the show director decided to give everyone Saturday off. Since Kelly had never been to Washington, D.C. we decided to head over there since it's only two hours away.
Saturday morning we woke up bright and early, had some bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, and hit the road. Now, had we still been in So Cal our trip would have begun on a freeway, not so for Lancaster County. We started our trip by making a left out of our driveway and heading straight for... farmland. Thank goodness for google maps because we had to drive 20 miles through rural America before hitting a highway.
Just about one mile away from home we came across a hot air balloon floating over the Amish farms.
Not far into the trip we hit Maryland! Since we're only 20 miles away from the state line I imagine we will have future excursions there. Maryland was very pretty and had some very nice towns in it. As we drove through we found out that Baltimore has a Cruise ship port. Perhaps a trip to Bermuda is in order.
Maryland, by the way, seems to only have unmarked highway patrol cars and they were out in full force! We didn't have to worry since we weren't speeding but we did see cars get pulled over by a Lincoln Navigator, a Ford Mustang, and a Dodge Magnum.
When we got into D.C. and headed straight for the White House. Not two seconds after we got in front of the gate we were told that the street was shutting down. For those who keep up on these things, the G7 was meeting to discuss the current financial crisis. So basically financial leaders from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and Canada were all in Washington, D.C. at the same time as us. Needless to say, you coudn't fart without the Secret Service or the Metro PD shooing you away.
Here is our illegal photo in front of the White House (we took it on the run).
It was lunchtime so we of course had to buy polish sausages from a street vendor. You can see the Washington Monument in the background of this photo.
After our brief lunch we crossed the street to the DAR museum.
Rounding Constitution Avenue we stopped at the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.
Abe and I.
Abe's view of town.
The newest memorial in D.C. is the World War II memorial. I'm not sure why it took so long to get this one up but it looked amazing. Kelly's favorite pillar got a hug.
On our next trip we're going to focus more time on the Smithsonians. Here is Kelly in front of the Smithsonian Castle.
The Smithsonians are truly amazing. Since this was just a quick trip we only got to go into the National Museum of Natural History. The Hope Diamond, amongst other treasures, is housed there. It was extremely crowded with kids so I think next time we'll go on a weekday.
The FBI used to give a tour of its office but since 9-11 all you can do is stare from the outside. I'm fairly sure 40 or so cameras were on me for this photo.
Ford's Theater is under renovation until February but we were able to visit the Peterson House were Lincoln was brought after he was shot. The sign on the table says "President Lincoln died in this room at 7:22 am on April 15, 1865.
I met up with a friend after dinner.
We weren't quite sure what to do with our evening so we took a night tour of the monuments and memorials. Everything looks amazing at night.
Here is the Korean War Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial can be seen across the entire National Mall.
Here I am at the FDR Memorial... is this bad?
Kelly stood in line for some handouts.
Here is the Washington Monument from across the Potomoc River.
The city is full of history and its very exciting that we're so close by. To sees for next time: White House tour (need to get a group of 10 together and bug my member of Congress), US Capitol Building tour, Arlington National Cemetery, the other Smithsonians (that will have to be over multiple trips), the National Archives, and the Library of Congress.
If you have other suggestions on things to see let us know!