Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Vacation 2017... History and science

All of our vacations end up involving both history and science. The last day of our trip turned out to be the same. When we first discussed what we'd so, the boys really wanted to go to the tomb of the unknown soldier, but the reality of our trip led the boys to choose not to make this serious and respectful stop.

Instead, we visited another National Park (thank you to the every kid in a park program!)-Fort McHenry. We even got to view a cannon firing.

The boys got their second NPS badge, after refusing to try the Junior Ranger stuff at the DC Parks.

We then went to visit M's aunt and uncle. They'd just returned from a cross country road trip themselves and instead met us at Uncle's field station, where he researches the Map Turtle. Next, we visited the Susquehanna River for some bald eagle watching!!

There were really bad storms across our Garden State. It started raining at dinner, and we saw this double rainbow as we turned east. We chased the rainbow back into the storm and made it home safely.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Hot as Hades, aka DC in mid August. And we made it a big walking day (7 miles).

The original plan was based upon a thunderstorm at 4. There was a LOT of modification to our plan.

M got donuts in the morning from Alexandria. Delicious but not so sustaining.

We walked to the Capitol to see it and wandered to the visitors center to see about a tour, which was way easier than I expected it to be.

We got a super cheap and good lunch at Burrito Bros. Then to the Botanic Gardens, no to the monuments.... What, it's a long walk?...

Omg it's hot. Let's go to American history. Since we're passing WW2, let's find Kilroy.

So American History was a bust. Boys were just not interested in the museum. We told them they could get pennies crushed at ONE museum, and they chose Natural history, so we went back there and explored more.

Monday, August 21, 2017

DC day 3

See the pics quickly here.

We started the day with breakfast in Alexandria at Bread and Chocolate.

And took the metro to Natural History. Boys are now commuting pros and Even wants to spend tomorrow riding the lines he hasn't yet tried...

Next up, Nationals game. Sun was brutal!

So drained, we went back to national harbor for dinner at yummy granite City brewery.