July 16th, 2008


Monday - Picnic at the Farm

Monday we hung out with Tom and the girls at the farm for the first half of the day.  Becky's brother Scott came up, my parents came up, my sister and her family came up and my aunt came.  We had a big lunch of pork and beans and some scrumptious brownies.

After lunch we all loaded up in a hay trailer and went on a hayride around the farm.
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Tuesday - All day in DC

Tuesday we spent the whole day down in Washington DC.  We drove down to Union Station and parked there.  We got some Tourmobile tickets so we could ride the bus around and see lots of different monuments without trying to get three kids to walk miles and miles between them.  It worked out pretty well.  We went to the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Wall, toured Arlington Cemetery, and saw a bunch of other memorials from the bus but didnt actually visit like the Korean War memorial, the WWII memorial and others.  We'll probably stop at the ones we missed the next time we are back in this area.  We also skipped going up the Washington Monument which we hope to do next time.

We took the last Tourmobile out of Arlington Cemetery back to DC and decided to get off and go to the Air and Space Museum.  We had hit the annex at Dulles sunday but wanted to see some of the main one on the mall.  Not disappointing.  Such an amazing collection of things that represent monumental moments in flight and space exploration.  We were excited to see Space Ship One in it's resting perch in the front lobby of the museum.  (As some of you may recall we traveled to Mojave to watch Space Ship One's first flight into space live in person, and to now see it as part of history in our favorite museum was really neat!)  From the Wright flyer, to the Spirit of St Louis, to the Moon lander, to Space Ship One... the collection showing the progress and things we have accomplished is truly amazing.

After that museum closed, the Tourmobile was no longer running so we took the kids on a Metro subway ride back to Union Station.   The kids really enjoyed that.  We had considered taking the subway to downtown but decided on driving, so it was cool for them to get a chance to ride it at least for a bit.

I dont have all our pics downloaded from the big camera but have a few samples from my snapshot camera.

There's a reason he's on the money.

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Space Ship One

Wednesday - Head to Michigan!

We piled back into our plane In Gaithersburg Maryland and took off for Michigan.  We landed at the airport in Mason (near Lansing) and headed to my uncle Gord's house.  My sister and family and parents were here already as they had driven in on Tuesday.

My Uncle Gord has two antique tractors and lives in a beautiful area along a river south of Lansing.  Mike and Andrew got to drive the tractors around and check out the area.

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Tomorrow we head off to Traverse City, Michigan over on Lake Michigan.