After our tour of the Air & Space Museum, we bought our tickets for the sightseeing tour bus. Only… we had just missed it.
So we waited. And waited.
[Did I mention a cold front blew through and we were freezing?]
[And it was raining on us every now and then for a little added excitement?]
And waited. [And I only packed one set of jeans for each child because the weather forecast said it would be bright and sunny and pleasant the whole time.]
And waited. And waited.
The boys absolutely loved the open-top bus. I’d highly recommend it if it weren’t for the fact that we had to wait about 40 minutes each time we tried to catch the bus. [In the cold. Waiting. With three boys who would like to do anything but wait.]
We used the bus as our drive-by tour of some of the memorials & monuments to prevent exhaustion. They were repairing the Washington Monument, so it looked a bit more interesting than usual.
We hopped off at the Lincoln Memorial….
and visited the Korean War Memorial…
the DC Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial…
and the World War memorials.
We decided to end our trip a day or two earlier than originally planned. I could handle only so many of the “Stupid F…. Bird” signs hanging from all the lampposts [an elegantly chosen name for a theatrical performance of some sort – it’s the one time I wish my children did not know how to read!], and the Transgender Awareness 101 meetings that were taking place in our hotel [note: maybe pass on the Hyatt Regency next time]. I’m not making judgments on such things – I just didn’t want to witness all that at this particular point in my life as a mother of three young boys who just wanted to go and see some history of our nation. Besides, I was already in a grumpy mood.
So… we ended our DC trip with something we all THOROUGHLY ENJOYED: The International Spy Museum. The boys are a bit obsessed with spy stuff, and deep down I think Gary would like to work for the FBI, and of course, I was way into all the educational history connections that were EVERYWHERE in this place – from ancient history connections to the Cold War and Viet Cong and, man, there was just SO MUCH. [Sorry 007 fans, but I could have done without all the James Bond stuff at the end of the tour, but the rest of the museum made up for it.] The museum displayed a huge assortment of international espionage artifacts (and interactive exhibits): cipher machines, concealed cameras, disguises, and even a lipstick pistol! We couldn’t take photos inside (duh, Brandy! it’s a SPY museum!), but I sure wish I could have! I think they may have had the spy cameras on me to make sure I didn’t take any photos….
And if you live in DC, please email me or leave a comment. I am SO going to beg for help next time around. I’m serious.
Our family has an exciting goal of experiencing all 50 states together before the boys graduate from high school. To take a look at some of the places we’ve been, visit our Traveling America posts. If you want to offer suggestions for off-the-beaten-path places to visit in the 50 states, we would love your input!