Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Class trip to Washington DC! (Day 1)

For her birthday, hubby and I gifted Sunshine a trip to Washington DC.  That was last spring, and she's been reading travel books and websites since then.  This morning, our alarm clocks went off at 3 a.m. so we could leave the house before 4 to catch a 6:20 flight.  We landed in DC and settled into our hotel rooms in plenty of time to make it to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.

Sunshine is very interested in anthropology (evolutionary and social, to be exact).  Her number one priority, and our first stop after fueling, was the National Museum of Natural History.  After reviewing the map, she chose the Early Humans exhibit as our starting point.  It was educational and thought provoking, and the high point of our time at the museum.  We also saw the African Voices exhibit, the live butterfly habitat, a Bollywood exhibit, Oceans, Mammals, the dino bones...we saw it all!

After our time at the museum, we decided to walk the mall area and take in some touristy sights.  We walked to Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, and the Reflection Pond.

This is the house across the street from Ford's theater.  Abraham Lincoln was taken to this house after he was shot.  This is where he died.


In front of the FBI building.

The Department of Justice building

In front of the National Museum of Natural History

Early Humans Exhibit

Early Humans Exhibit

Early Humans Exhibit

Early Humans Exhibit

Early Humans Exhibit

African Voices Exhibit (Airplane Coffin)

DNA Exhibit...Mom shares similar traits with these people.

DNA Exhibit...Sunshine shares similar traits with these people

DNA Exhibit...Daddio shares similar traits with these people

Totem pole that reaches from the bottom to the third floor.

Dino bones!

Dino bones!

Dino bones!

Dino bones!

Dino bones!

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Live butterfly habitat

Hope Diamond

Pay phone...exhibit or real? ;) 

Elevator fun facts. :) 

Mom & Sunshine recreate a totem pole

Feeling crabby?

Watch out...it's pecking you!

Fisherwoman

Cookie cutter shark 

A right whale of a good time

What big ears you have

Long leg club

Smithsonian Castle

I've seen this building somewhere before...

Washington Monumen

More castle pics

More castle pics

More castle pics

Washington Monument

Daddio & Sunshine at the monument

Mom & Dad at the monument

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Washington Monument

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument (Photo by Sunshine)

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