S: Spring Break - Washington, D.C. 2011
FC: Washington, D.C. Spring Break 2011!
1: After months of hard work, Brett got a break from his studies. He and Jenna decided to vacation in Washington, D.C. They graciously invited Bryce's Grandma along, and she eagerly accepted the invitation! Three days of fun and history in the Nation's Capitol! | Getting there is half the fun! | We used D.C.'s fabulous Metro System to get around. Aside from being very user-friendly, it had the added bonus of being a system of TRAINS! Although probably not very much like the trains Bryce knows and loves..... | Backpack full of food and drinks? Check! Stroller? Check! Smile? Check! OK, let's go! | First train ride!
2: First stop was the Museum of Natural Hisstory | National Museum of Natural History
3: This cute little squirrel looked hungry, so we offered to toss him an animal cracker. Obviously used to being fed, he jumped toward the cracker, rather than waiting for it to come to him. A little aggressive, as were the birds who ate Jenna's delicious bread right out of our hands.
4: Come on guys! Let's GO! | After a long day at museums, it was time to let loose a little. The hotel's pool was a perfect place for a toddler to burn off some energy! Amazingly, Bryce was very good at walking (as opposed to running full speed) on the side of the pool, but when it came to jumping in, he threw caution to the wind..._
6: Arlington National Cemetery | . . . Then a VERY long walk to Ford's Theater. Along the way, we saw the White House, so we stopped for pictures, of course | Honoring our Nation's heroes
7: After such a long walk, it felt great to sit down and soak up the atmosphere at the Hard Rock, and have some really yummy food. Bryce especially loved the brownie sundae :o)
8: After a much-needed lunch, we walked next door to Ford's Theater. We were unable to go into the theater, but the museum underneath was open and full of very interesting displays focused on the Civil War, Lincoln, Boothe and of course, the assassination. Bryce was happy to walk around the museum, hide between statues and explore.
9: With an extra hour and a half to kill, we wandered into the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Off to the right, there was a wing dedicated to wars our country has fought in. We really could have spent an entire day there, as there was so much to see! | Clara Barton's (restored) ambulance | Woolworth's Lunch Counter from Greensboro, N.C. where 4 black students started a sit-in in the '60's | A helicopter from the Viet Nam War | A surgeon's kit from the Civil War | The furniture from the Appomattox Courthouse, where the South surrendered ending the Civil War | Smithsonian Museum of American History | This is supposedly a uniform that George Washington actually wore.
10: After a long day in his stroller, we thought it would do Bryce good to walk from one end of the Mall to the other. And, as fast as he can run, it would have been a pretty quick trip. However, every time he was pointed in the right direction, he would take off either perpendicular to the intended route, or even backwards. We finally had to strap him back in the stroller, or we'd have never gotten where we were going. But when we got to the Washington Monument, he was finally free to run and play. | Washington Monument
11: The World War II Memorial is an awesome tribute to those who fought. Bryce just saw it as a big pool, waiting for him to jump in :o)
12: Viet Nam and Korean War Memorials
13: Lincoln Memorial | Everything is beautiful after dark...
14: Finally, after being patient for two days of museums, it was Bryce's Day! A trip to the National Zoo!
15: With all the fun animals to see, this is what Bryce immediately keyed in on :o) | The meerkat was Bryce's absolute favorite! It ran back and forth in front of him, which made Bryce squeal and laugh and dance in circles :oD
16: So many fun animals to see! | There are wires strung across the walkways, which are designed so that the orangutans can climb around extensively. Amazing to see these great apes climbing right over your head! | These anteater mothers are the epitome of "long suffering". The anteater teenager rides around on its mother's back most of the time.
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18: Lions and Tigers and Bryce, oh my...
20: Bryce had the most fun in the Kid's Farm. Cows to pet and pizza to play on!
21: Cool Birds
22: Frozen Yogurt and Fun Times