|Over 125 different Coca-Cola flavors. Read all about it in Wikipedia|
After lunch we got to do our favorite Washington, D.C. activity: the Metro. Seriously, my kids would just ride the Metro all day and be happy. They love it. Even the screaming end of days protestors carrying fake rifles and wearing "Do You Know Jesus?" shirts didn't faze them. Me, yes. We headed to the Air and Space Museum, which we attempted to visit during our last Washington, D.C. trip, but then it was during spring break and was a total mob scene. It was much less crowded this time, and we were actually able to walk around without linking arms like Laverne & Shirley so that no one would get lost.
|Here the kids are trying out the seat sizes on different airplane models.|
Oh, and goofing off, too.
|Spirit of St. Louis in the background.|
Flown by Charles Lindbergh of
aviation, kidnapping, eugenics, and secret-family-having fame.
After we'd seen what we wanted at Air and Space, we headed over to meet Mom, who was also in Washington, at the Sculpture Gardens. This involved another long walk and me carrying the Baby while mirages of tiki bars shimmered before my eyes. We finally caught up with Mom and enjoyed an air conditioned break in the Sculpture Gardens snack bar.
The Sculpture Gardens itself is pretty interesting. I think this is one of the most notable, or at least memorable pieces:
And, if you're old enough to remember one of these, you're probably too old to use the Coke Freestyle machine without assistance.
Then we headed next door to the National Museum of Natural History to go to the Butterfly Pavilion. This was our third visit to the Butterfly Pavilion, so obviously we love it. You buy a ticket and go into a butterfly habitat (read, hot and humid) that is stocked with butterflies from around the world. If you're lucky, one lands on you and you have a lovely butterfly encounter.
Butterflies landed on each of the girls, but they flew away before I could get a good picture.
After the butterflies, we raced back to the hotel to change because the Girl and I had a amazing evening. I would love to tell you all about it, but getting clearance is taking a little while and I am impatient. If and when I get the okay, I will update this post. For now, I'll just leave you with this picture:
And say that the owners of the real life version of this little guy are super nice. Hopefully, this is vague enough to not get me in trouble!
Up for Day 2 - Washington Duck Boat Tour, Shake Shack (which was so delicious that I wasn't even put off my food when I witnessed a man inject himself with insulin prior to devouring his burger and shake), and The Spy Museum. Oh, and yes, at this point the Boy is still running a fever and the Girl is still complaining about her foot.