After a fun day at school yesterday where I helped a group of really cool second graders record and produce a video to share their Haiku poems and learning about Japan, Lori and I made our way to Scranton/Wilkes Barre International Airport in plenty of time to have a very mediocre dinner (there's only one restaurant there) before boarding our first plane.
|Scranton/Wilkes Barre Intl Airport|
|The Flying Dumpster|
After breakfast we walked the two blocks to the White House. In all the times I had been to Washington, I don't think I'd ever gone to even see it. I'm not sure why. It was kind of cool to think that I'd be on the other side of the fence in two days. After walking past the front lawn, we walked around back to the South Lawn.
Afterwards we walked down to the Mall to look around. We had a little time to kill before the Museum of American History opened at 10AM, so we had some fun with the camera.
The Museum of American History was fantastic. I especially liked the Hall of American Presidents and the room devoted to the Star Spangled Banner that inspired our National Anthem during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in there.
After a few hours in the museum, we found on Yelp that there was a little cafe in the Sculpture Garden nearby that had a decent lunch. When we walked over, we found that there was also an ice-skating rink there. We had a nice lunch near a window overlooking the rink, then rented skates and took a few laps. Lori, who took figure skating lessons as a kid loved it. I didn't last long. I can skate fine having grown up playing hockey on ponds, but the rental skates made the arches of my feet hurt. I enjoyed watching her having fun.
Next, we headed to the Air and Space Museum. I loved this place as a kid, and Lori had never been, so we spent an hour or so wandering through some really interesting exhibits before we decided we needed to take a little break.
|Hubble Space Telescope Backup Mirror|
We walked back to the room and looked for a place to have dinner. The Old Ebbitt Grill was recommended by Danielle Miller Peterson, one of the winners from Alabama, who had eaten there last night. It also got great reviews on Yelp, so we called to make a reservation. The only available time was 4PM, and it was 3:40. We made a quick decision to skip the resting and head out to dinner early so that we could get a self-guided evening tour of the monuments in afterwards.
It was a great decision. Dinner was excellent. We shared grilled oysters and Korean pork belly tacos for appetizers. Amazing. For dinner I had Rockfish, which was good. Lori had Osso Bucco over sweet potatoes that was fantastic. We split peanut butter pie for dessert.
We started our walking tour by going past the Washington Monument and visiting the World War II Memorial. It looks a lot different in the winter with no water in the fountain. Unfortunately, the computers weren't working, so I couldn't look up my two grandfathers.
Then, we made our way to the other end of the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. It had been years since I had been here. Seeing pictures or seeing it on TV just don't compare to the feel you get when you visit.
While visiting the Vietnam Memorial there were a few loud high-school aged girls acting like loud high-school aged girls. I appreciated that a park ranger came over and tore into them for not respecting those whom the memorial was built to remember.
There were some great views across the Tidal Basin as we made our way to the Jefferson Monument.