Thursday, May 31, 2012

Washington, D.C. - Day 1

Let's go back to May 8.  Kaylyn and I took a little trip to Washington, D.C. for her class trip. We had fun, but it's an EXHAUSTING trip to say the least.  You are sleep deprived, and forced to walk about 83 miles per day, oh and lets not forget you are there with 95 five pre-teen, 5th and 6th grade children, who don't have any sense.  I kid, I kid (sort of)  It really was a good trip, just tiring.

 We left the school at 3a.m. --yes, you read that right--that's 3 o'clock in THE MORNING to load the bus to head the the Birmingham airport to board for our 6 am flight to Baltimore.


My friend Sharman (Kaylyn's BFF Shaylan's Mom) and I on the bus headed to the airport: 3am photo shoot.  Don't we look chipper

 Waiting at the airport for Southwest to open.  Yep we were EARLY!
Kaylyn, Bella, Shayln, and Isabella (Izzy)

 First stop:  Mount Vernon: George Washington's Home.  FYI - The lady with the umbrella is Dottie our tour guide.



 Back of Mount Vernon Mansion





 Gardens

 These are sheep not goats on the plantation

 Down at the wharf

 

 George and Martha Washington's Tomb

 Overlooking the Potomac River from the front porch of the mansion

 Next Stop: Ford's Theatre
 The balcony where Abe Lincoln was shot
 The bed where Lincoln died
 All the books written about Lincoln
 Next stop: International Spy Museum for a little lesson on espionage.  Probably would have been more interesting if I hadn't been having to use toothpicks to hold my eyelids open....
 Resting outside the spy museum waiting
 Next stop: Hard Rock Cafe for dinner


 Next stop MLK and FDR monuments


 Washington Monument.

 FDR Monument

 Kaylyn, Izzy, and Pop






FINALLY the end of Day 1!! 18 hours after we met at the school, we checked into our hotel to SLEEP!

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