Dirk-n-Kyle go to Washington DC - April/2009
The Boulder School District had a "second"
Spring Break in 2009,
and fortunately it timed with a family reunion in Baltimore to celebrate
Grandpa Carl's 95th birthday. So after a weekend of festivities, we
spent an entire day in Washington DC doing the tourist thing.
We were traveling carry-on only, so I didn't bring my
and my point-n-shoot takes so-so pics.
Dirk-n-Kyle watching "Clone Wars" to pass the time on the Southwest Airlines DEN-BWI flight
Jedi Knight versus Sith Lord with imaginary light sabers at the BWI rental car place
Uncle Ronny was playing Lacrosse that night so Dirk tried out his stick
My wife took this picture of Dirk, yours truly, and Carl playing some ball
While 95 year old Carl wasn't throwing 95 MPH fastballs, he did darn good - movie interview
Fotunately, we didn't put 95 candles on his cake!
I hope I look this good at 95 ... heck, even at 75 - ignore the fuzzy picture, he's doing great!
After parking near the Capitol, our first stop was at our
congressman's (Jared Polis) office so we could get tickets for the gallery
to watch Congress ... even though it was a night session that evening.
His office was also nice enough to get us tickets to see the Capitol tour.
We then walked a mile or so NW to the recently opened Spy Museum - this was
pretty nifty and we spent a couple of hours there. Then a quick break
for a late lunch at the neaby Legal Seafoods restaurant (they have
an extensive gluten-free menu) and then another mile or so walk
to the White House. From there, we walked South to the Washington Monument,
and then back East to the American Museum which was pretty nifty couple of hours.
We stayed there until the 6:30PM closing and as we were walking
back on the National Mall, saw that the
Smithsonian Natural History Museum was open until 7:30 ... so we got
an extra hour of tourist stuff.
So we finally saw Congress in "session" around 8:00 ... but that
was a bit of a letdown.
Some Congressman had blocked out an hour starting
just before we arrived ... and was basically
droning on about how bad the other party was ... to about a half dozen
people ... and (of course), the C-SPAN camera's - welcome to government!
Upon leaving, it was a glorious warm Spring evening with a hint of
residual blue on the sky over the Capitol Bldg - darn shame I didn't
have my good camera with me, but here's a few "attempts" (at best)
to capture it - hard to take hand-held pics of kids with long exposures! ;-)
After this, we did drive-by's of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials ...
and then back home arriving just after 11:00PM ... a long day!
A nice house on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC ...
Back side of the same nice house ...
And a closeup ... I suggested we do a ring & run ... ;-)
Kyle Addresses the Nation as (VP?) Dirk looks on
Kyle smiles as he does the "Spock Pinch" on Dirk in front of the Capitol
Kyle mixes it up again with Dirk later that evening on Capitol steps
Hard taking a hand-held long exposure pictures of kids - too bad I didn't have my good camera
Lincoln Moumenent - note Kyle is about to put the "Spock Pinch" on Dirk again!
Washington Monument in Reflecting Pond - composite picture
We packed up the next morning and had another nice flight on Southwest Airlines
- they even got us into Denver 20 minutes early plus
a "victory lap" around Terminal C (due to construction).
But what's up with having Wheat Starch in their Peanuts?
Kyle takes Bella for a walk just before leaving
And then a kiss goodbye
Kyle considers ordering the "Jack & Ginger" before departure from BWI
Southwest Airlines Peanuts - why do they add Wheat Starch - not good for Celiac Kids!