United States of America ·
3 Days ·
4 Moments ·
25 March 2018
Day two started with a trip to Mt. Vernon to see where George Washington and his family lived. We began with a tour of their home and grounds. I found it interesting that their home looks like it is made of stone but it is really isn’t. George Washington had the exterior wood planks painted and then sand was applied to create the look of stone at a much lower cost. We also visited the tomb where he, his wife, and other family members lay to rest. One photo shows civil war “graffiti” which was carved into the stone by soldiers guarding the tomb. The highlight for the kids was by far the farm animals and the Blacksmith.
We had quite an eventful day. Lovely morning with the McGraths in Old Town Alexandria. Went to Gadspy’s a local watering hole frequented by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson back in the day. The Torpedo Factory has been repurposed into an awesome co-op of many many artists. I particularly enjoyed driving past the smallest home in Alexandria which was squeezed into an alleyway. After this Uncle Bill took the kids to the park. As Grace was climbing up the slide someone else was sliding down and there was a bit of a collision. We rushed her to an emergency dentist who put her tooth back in place and bonded the surrounding teeth. The blue glue will stay in place for 6 weeks and fingers crossed everything will stay put.
23 March 2018
Man did we pack it in yesterday. Landed in BWI just before 6 am East Coast time. Luckily most of us caught a few winks of sleep. After grabbing our rental car we headed straight for DC. Our first stop was the National Museum of American History. We saw A replica of Julia Child’s kitchen, the first car to make a cross country trip (it took 63 days!), and the Bat Mobile. We scurried over for our White House tour and enjoyed wandering through the East Wing and taking a few pictures. Next stop the Museum of Natural History. We were all exhausted but powered through. The girls were unimpressed with the Hope Diamond but did enjoy looking at the large animals, insects, mummies, and the giant squid. We eventually made our way to Alexandria for a wonderfully home cooked meal with the McGrath Family.