Monday, July 9, 2012

Hot Washington DC

We chose to visit Washington DC during a record breaking heat wave immediately following July 4th. The temperature reached as high as 106 F / 41 C during the day and was as high as 90 F / 32 C first thing in the morning. Nevertheless, we stayed as cool as possible by checking out an assortment of museums, some revisited since our previous visit 6 years ago when Pierce was only 5, and others new.

Day 1 took us to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to check out the Art of Video Games exhibition there. Needless to say, this was a hit with Pierce. The same day, we revisited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and caught an afternoon lecture entitled "Before the Dawn of Humankind: The Evolution and Extinction of Apes in the Old World" which addressed early ape evolution.

Day 2 took us to the Holocaust Memorial Museum which left an impression on all of us. Pierce had read two Holocaust-related novels this year at school and the exhibit helped to round out his knowledge of the event. The afternoon we spent revisiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Although the temperature had only dropped a little we decided to brave the heat and revisit the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and, a favorite of mine, the Korean War Memorial.

On our final day, we rented a Zip car and drove out towards Dulles airport to see the immense Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center. The center is packed with planes and spacecraft  of all sizes including the space shuttle Discovery.

Overall, a great trip and still many things remain to see for our next trip.

Click on the picture below to see a few pictures from the trip.

From Washington DC 2012