We made it!! We had all this advice to NOT drive in DC - take the Metro. But the Metro for all 6 of us was going to cost us around $30 a day! So we had some friends of ours give us all these good tips since they had just been here earlier this year, and today we took the plunge and drove in. We couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about - we think Tampa traffic is just as bad if not worse! It only cost us $3 to park today for our Pentagon tour, and everywhere else we parked was free. We had a really great day - the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Here are a few pictures - hope you enjoy!
This is the only place they'll let you take pictures when you are at the Pentagon. Nicholas was pretending to be really serious as he leaned into the podium and briefed the crowd on the latest crisis - what a goof!
We met a really nice family from Georgia who asked us to take their picture, and then they took ours. Their school district started really early - the first week in August, but they're getting a week off this week and another in February - so they're taking full advantage of it!
I think Nicole and I aren't even as tall as Lincoln's legs from the knees down! This monument is huge!
We brought our lunch and ate it in our car in the parking garage near the Pentagon - sorry - we didn't take pictures of that exciting event. :-) So we decided to splurge for dinner and 3 of us got Subways and 3 others got Burger King and then ate our dinners on park benches in a park with a statue of Farragut - a famous Civil War hero. If you look behind and to the right of Nathan and Nicole in the picture above you can see a circle of people singing that we noticed after we sat down. Upon further investigation, they were singing Chrisitian songs so we joined in with them. It turns out they were part of a nationwide 40 days of prayer for the unborn, and they were from all different denominations. Since we missed going to church on Sunday, we felt we had church right there in the park. It was pretty cool.
We took other people's advice and stayed until it was dark to see the monuments lit up. We were not disappointed. Does this picture we snapped of the Washington Monument look like a post card or what?! It's not - I took that with Tim's phone. Tomorrow is The Capital Tour and The Library of Congress - can't wait!
Tim & Jodie