On Sunday, we woke up very early in the morning, so that we could have enough time to pack our belongings and leave Briarwood Baptist Church. We loaded the vehicle with everyone’s luggage and were on our way to Washington DC. On our way there, we stopped by McDonald’s for lunch. We ended up arriving at Washington DC much sooner than we expected due to the low amount of traffic. Since we had a lot of time on our hands, we decided to visit the Arlington National Cemetery, which we were originally planned to visit on Thursday. While we were there, we visited John F. Kennedy’s gravestone (the eternal flame) and witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We then arrived at the National 4-H Conference Center which is where we would be staying for the remainder of the week. We went to the front desk where we each received a key-card to our rooms. We then ate dinner at the cafeteria and went to bed.
On Monday, we woke up and ate breakfast in the cafeteria and went back to our rooms to change into our class A uniforms. We then went to the metro train station where we boarded a train to the U.S. Capitol. We saw the U.S. Supreme Court building and toured the Library of Congress. While we were there, we took a tour around the Capitol building and ate lunch at the restaurant there. After we ate, we walked over to the congressional office building and we got passes to see the House of Representatives and the Senate in action. Afterwards, we met U.S. Representative, Jody Hice, in front of the Capitol Building. We shook hands and took a picture with him in front of the U.S. Capitol. We then went back to the National 4-H Conference Center, ate dinner, and went to bed.
On Tuesday, we rode a train to the National Archives. While we were there, we saw the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (Sorry, not allowed to take pictures). We toured the Archives and saw the other exhibits. We walked from the Archives through the National Sculpture Garden, across the National Mall to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. We toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see where the money is made for America. We learned that some of the money is made here like $1, $5, and $10 bills. The $20, $50, and $100 bills are made in Dallas, TX at a facility there. Afterwards, we walked to the Smithsonian Museum of American History and ate lunch. We toured the museum and then walked next door to tour the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
On Wednesday, we took a train to the National Mall. We walked by the White House, but they had it on lock-down due to the assault at the Congressional Softball practice earlier that morning. We walked from there down to the field near the Washington Monument. We could see the White House across that field know as the Ellipses. We then visited the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial (where we tried to help John S. find his relative), the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Washington DC War Memorial, MLK Jr. Memorial, FDR Memorial, George Mason Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. After we had made a loop around the Potomac Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial, we took a bus to the National Air and Space Museum. While we were there, we ate lunch at McDonald’s. We looked around the museum looking at the many planes and space related objects. Afterwards, we caught a train at the Smithsonian train station to see the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game. The Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 13-2. After the game, we ate pizza at a restaurant for dinner and got Krispy Kreme donuts for dessert. We then went back to the National 4-H Conference Center and went to bed.
On Thursday, instead of taking the train, we instead drove to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. While we were there, we took a tour throughout the house as well as visit the Pioneer Farm complete with a replica of George Washington’s 16-sided barn. Afterwards, we visited the George Washington Museum where we learned many interesting facts about him and his accomplishments. After that, we drove to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center where we looked at planes and objects from space. It was a really fun day.
On Friday, we had decided to go to the Smithsonian National Zoo to see the animals that were kept there. After visiting the zoo, we went to the U.S Postal Museum where we were able to look at a variety of stamps and the history of U.S. postal services. We then took a tour of the Newseum which featured a lot of historic events that were covered in the news. After touring the Newseum, we then visited the International Spy Museum. The museum featured many different techniques and devices that spies used during missions as well as historical facts. When we were there, we had reservations for an activity called Operation Spy, where we had to track down and find a stolen object. Afterwards, we visited Ford’s Theater, which is where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. We then ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. We then went back to the National 4-H Center and went to bed
On Saturday, we woke up and changed into our class a uniforms as well as pack our belongings. We went to the cafeteria to eat breakfast and return our key-cards to the front desk. We then loaded the vehicle with everyone’s belongings and began to head on home. Everyone had agreed to have Chick-Fil-A for lunch, so we stopped there on the way home. Once we had arrived at the church we unloaded the vehicle and everyone went home.
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