Family Vacation 2013 Part 2: Washington

Sorry for the delay, but I couldn’t find the battery charger for the camera.

My last post was dedicated to our trip to Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. (click here for post)
After leaving the Biltmore we traveled to Washington to tour the Smithsonian museums and the National Archives. Needless to say, we didn’t have enough time to visit all the museums, but we did get to see, will stay with me always. Especially, the experience of being in Washington smack dab in the middle of the 4th of July festivities.

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Below are few pictures of things that stood out the most for me.

DSC03443These prehistoric shells were as big as a car tire.

To the right is the Hope Diamond. You talk about some bad mojo, this thing creepedDSC03444 me out. I’m not really superstitious, but I got ominous,heavy feeling just looking at it.

Below, is a drpotato sack dressess that was made from a potato sack. I thought it was so pretty and something I would wear today. It also reminded me of my Grandma and Grandpa. She made my Grandpa some underwear out of feed sacks, I bet they were some kind of comfortable. lol

You can probably guess that I thought the National Gallery of Art was AWESOME!

I oohed and ahhed! I am a touchy feely person with objects. And The urge to touch stuff was solady painting bad that I just clasped my hands behind my back. You would think that doing that I would have been in the clear, right? Noooooooo! I found I had another habit. I lean in too close. There was some sparkly that I was looking at and I leaned in to get a closer look. Not only did I have alarms going off, the guard gave me a stern reprimand. As if I wasn’t already embarrassed enough, I got another reprimand, in front of ohhh? about 30 people for taking a picture when I wasn’t suppose to. The sign stating that I couldn’t take pictures was about the size of a business card. And you can take pictures in most of the areas…So you get my confusion. Poor David and Alana, they learned that they can dress me up, but they sure as heck can’t take me anywhere.

Anyway, the picture on the right is one of the two women that were painting in the museum. How awesome would that be, heh? I would love to do that 🙂

We also went to the National Archives. The archives are where the nation’s most important documents are stored and on display. We didn’t get any pictures. I don’t think we were allowed to take photographs. I was left awestruck and a little sad viewing the Declaration of Independence. The ink is fading, and I predict in another 30-50 years there probably won’t be anything left on the paper to see. So if you ever have the opportunity to see it, GO!

Well I guess that sums up our family vacation! I hope you one day decide to take a trip there. I’ve learned a lot and left with a renewed sense patriotism and pride. What’s going on in our country today is nothing compared to what our country has overcome. We will press on….

Be Well and Happy!

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