Over Memorial Day weekend, my sister-in-law, Martha, Mary, Lazerus, and myself all ventured into our nation’s capital via the Metro train. It was their first time into the city and taking a train — they loved it. We hit up the WWII Memorial — I hadn’t seen it since it was rebar — very awesome, and very moving to see the veterans there. Being the awesome Illinoisian aunt I am, we then toured the Lincoln Memorial, and walked past the White House to get lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (which is, I might add, right next to Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was shot….). From there we trooped onto the Air and Space Museum (there was a lot of air….and space there). We caught the correct train back home (I, um, kinda bought the wrong tickets for the wrong train….but this is typical of traveling with me) and another amazing adventure was in the books! The kids did great and I have this great memory with them!
A few weeks later, The General and I hit up the other capital: Richmond. Not only is it the capital of Virginia, but back in the day it was also the capital of the Confederate States of America. Being the huge Civil War buffs that we are, we did the riverwalk, the Civil War Museum, and took a leisurely stroll down Monument Avenue to see all the huge monuments to the CSA heros. One of my college buddies lives in Richmond, and she was having a party, so we crashed there after our tour. We also had lunch here, which I highly recommend.
All in all, it was hugely educational. I even learned something about Virginia! We found this at a rest stop just off of I-95. Virginia is a dude!