Day 1: The Long Drive
We started on Thursday afternoon and drove a long way. Near Greenfield, Georgia we entered some really bad traffic. It was because of construction. However, it turned out that the construction was not even going!!! The afternoon suddenly felt blazing, dizzying, dazing hot. Me and my brother started just jibber-jabbering away. Mom told us to be quiet, and we stopped. After nearly 1 hour, we crossed the South Carolina border. In South Carolina, one of the roadside attractions we saw was the big peach.
Again after a few more hours, we crossed the North Carolina border and the night had fall. Since we were driving in forest areas, it was quite dark outside. We couldn’t see anything. Suddenly, a bright circle appeared. What in the world? Mom asked us, “Is that a moon?” I couldn’t tell. But suddenly my brother said, in all of the choices in the sky and quite out of box, “It may be a Burger King sign.” We got closer and it actually was a really Burger King! This little joke gave us the energy we needed to survive through out the long night. We finally reached Richmond and hit the hay. Whew… we were exhausted!
Day 2: Homecoming/D.C Arrival
Let me give out a little bit background. We used to live in Richmond,VA before moving to Atlanta. Actually myself and my brother were born in Richmond. I felt right back at home.
We drove around and met some old friends. It is quite a great feeling that nothing has really changed. After lunch, we then drove to Washington. It just a short 1 hour drive. We immediately start walking around the National Mall. We then had a tour in the the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This is where the paper bills are printed. (there is only 2 places they print money. Fort Worth, Texas and here in DC.) Unfortunately, photography is prohibited so we cannot show anything. The highlight was a plaque on the wall. It said: Just think how I feel. I just printed my lifetime salary in a few minutes.
Day 3: Exploring American Roots
In the morning, we headed out to the Library of Congress and looked around. It is such a beautiful architecture!
We explored more exhibits and and enjoyed the ambience.
The movie National Treasure was featuring the National Archives where they try to break in and see the Declaration of Independence for clues to treasure. In fact, Washington, DC is a great city of connections to countless movies.
This was an amazing day of books and documents.
Day 4: Smithsonian Highlights
We headed to the Smithsonian Castle for our behind-the-scenes tour.
After the tour, we headed across the street to the Natural History Museum. There was a lot of amazing things. Here are some:
The Hope Diamond is the world’s biggest deep blue diamond. The world’s biggest diamond is the Star of Africa.
We then went to the National Air and Space Museum. There was lots of antique planes and aircraft.
Don’t you see these things have a connection? Yes, to the movie The Night at the Museum and its sequels!!!! The second one was based on Smithsonian museums.
We then headed to the Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulls Airport. It is a little bit far away from DC so it took some driving. We definitely want to go because now it is the home of space shuttle Discovery!
Back to 2010, we actually went down to Florida and watched its launch – STS-131. The launch was the last night launch of space shuttle program and the second-to-last launch of Discovery! Here is the HD video of STS-131 launch. It was quite amazing.
This center is just a big hangar. There was also a lot of other planes.
Enola Gay is a B-29 Super fortress and is the bomber to drop the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, Japan. The bomber dropped the second atomic bomb at Nagasaki, Japan, Bockscar, is in the National Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio.
Day 5: Final Day
We headed to our last attraction, the Washington Monument. However, due to possible traffic, we took DC Metro. However, DC Metro also had problems! Because some fire department activities, we have to take different route and delayed. Luckily, we did not miss our monument tour.
We waited for a few minutes and headed to the elevator and got to the top.
When we came back down, the elevator slowed down and showed us inside of the monument.There are stones from many states. It was pretty cool!
Before we finish our DC trip, the last thing we did was walking around the White House.
Finally, we headed back home! It was another long drive and we even got some traffics and thunderstorms. Anyway, we arrived home safely around midnight.