S: Family Vacation
FC: August 2011 | Vacation
1: Friday: Fly into Regan National Airport Washington DC, Night Out in Bethesda MD Saturday: National Zoo in DC, Grill out and campfire at Nate & Steph's Sunday: Philly- Pat's & Geno's Cheesesteaks, Smith Kids Play Place, Independence Hall, Christ Church-Benjamin Franklin Gravesite, Franklin Square, Liberty Bell, "Rocky" Monday: Washington Monument, US Capital, Arlington Cemetery, Bureau of Printing and Engraving Tuesday: White House, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Wednesday: Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of American History Thursday: Camp at Assateague Island Friday: Ocean City MD Saturday: Fly Home | Our Itinerary
3: Wadel's Washington D.C.
4: Welcome to D.C.
5: The Metro
6: National Zoo Washington D.C.
8: Liberty Bell | Philadelphia
9: Independence Hall
10: Home of Betsy Ross who Sewed the first American Flag | Where the Declaration of Independece was signed | WE The People | July 4 1776
13: George Washington, Francis Hopkinson, RobetMorris Benjamin Franklin, & Betsy Ross all had assigned pews here.
14: Smith Kids Play Place
16: The Joy of Childhood...
18: Geno's v.s. Pat's | The lines for cheesesteaks were through the streets | Philly Cheese Steaks | Gino's vs Pat's
20: Philadelphia Art Museum
21: The stairs Rocky Balboa trained on ie
24: The View from Above | The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. Its construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84- a lack of funds, political turmoil, and uncertainty about the survival of the American Union caused the hiatus. Weighing 81,120 tons, the Washington Monument stands 555' tall. The walls of the monuments range in thickness from 15' at the base to 18" at the upper shaft. They are composed primarily of white marble blocks from Maryland and Massachusetts. Inserted into the interior walls are 193 memorial stones presented by individuals, societies, cities, states, and nations of the world. Flights of 896 steps surround an elevator which takes visitors to the observation level, where they can gaze over the city from the monument's pyramidion windows. | Washington Monument History
25: Washington Monument
26: US Capital
28: One Million Dollars in ten dollar notes
30: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY | The ground of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served the nation and their families by providing a sense of beauty and peace. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees (some that are older than the cemetery itself), monuments and gardens throughout the 624 developed acres of the cemetery. The impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual and their families laid to rest within the halloed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. | John & Jacqueline Kennedy
31: The Changing of the Guard. The Tomb Guard marches 21 steps down the black mat behind the Tomb, turns, faces | east for 21 seconds, turns and faces north for 21 seconds, then takes 21 steps down the mat and repeats the process. After the turn, the sentinel executes a | sharp shoulder-arm" movement to place the weapon on the shoulder closest to the visitors to signify that the sentinel stands between the Tomb and any possible threat. Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed--the 21-gun salute. | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
34: The White House
38: The | The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of the wall lies the message "Here we mark the price of freedom". | Freedom Wall
41: Lincoln Memorial
42: Vietnam Memorial
43: The Forgotten War...Korea
44: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
50: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
54: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
55: Angkor Wat was the final destination before boarding our afternoon flight. Again, we woke before dawn to rush off to see the sunrise. As much as I hated getting
59: National Museum of | American History | Chugga Chugga Choo... Choo...
61: Making Music
64: First Ladies | The Wizard of Oz
66: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses
68: Night on the Town in Bethesda Maryland
71: Camping on the Beach
86: Around Town
89: Fun with Family