Louise's Travel Journal

Happy Birthday Derick!

Today is Derick’s Birthday and the day we head home. Our flight is not until evening so we have the day to play and finish off our “must see” list.

Our feet were pretty tired from all of the walking and standing in museums so we hopped a cab over to the WWII Memorial. We spend the morning walking the monuments and memorials. WWII, Vietnam and Korean Memorials were a sobering and sad reminder of the fragility of humanity during this time of yet another war. “…when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?” The Lincoln and Washington monuments and the Einstein statue were a bit more fun and relaxed. Beautiful reminders of our history.

We had a few hours left before our flight so we decided to cram in one more museum and made our way over to the National Museum of American History. We started on the 3rd floor where they house the American Presidency and First Ladies exhibits. Highlights are the campaign buttons, First Ladies inaugural gowns and samples of each president’s china set. On the 2nd floor we explored war from the American Revolution to Vietnam. Including the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous lyrics. The almost 200-year old, 30-by 34-foot flag is displayed in a special environmentally-controlled chamber.

We made sure not to miss the American Stories exhibit.

  • a fragment of Plymouth Rock
  • a section of the first transatlantic telegraph cable
  • Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz
  • Howdy Doody
  • Bob Dylan’s leather jacket
  • baseballs used by Babe Ruth
  •  a Kermit the Frog puppet
  • George Reeves’ Superman costume
  • Apolo Ohno’s speed skates from the 2002 Winter Olympics

We enjoyed our last Smithsonian experience and made our way back to our hotel to grab our luggage and head to the airport.

Over a cup of coffee in the hotel lobby we made a list for our next visit. We have had a wonderful time but we have so much left to see and do in Washington D.C.

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