We spent Saturday in D.C. After much debate we settled on visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Since we needed to find parking for the beast we arrived early. BLOCKS away, we found a spot. I commented that if you were going to park in D.C. the best place would be right across from the police station. Yes. We ended up there. Down where the Federal Crime Lab was located. Made me feel like I was walking in a CSI set!
When we reached the museum we had time to spare. We hung out next to the columns. Before we knew it we were surrounded by people…and even though we were one of the first people there, we ended up WAY back in line…because we just didn’t understand the whole thing.
Of course I had to have my bag checked. I am going to feel lost at home when I don’t have to go through security to get anywhere. This place is AMAZING. HUGE. Beyond words. And crowded. I’m so glad we went early in the morning.
We started in the Dinosaur room. Oh my goodness! This is beyond amazing and information overload. There’s too much to take in. Plus people are everywhere. So we basically were just able to walk through and take in the sights. It was enough believe me!
Gabby found the origins of the horse! WOOHOO! She says, “Mom, they are just ponies!” It was a common theme throughout the museum. The older the specimen the smaller they were.
And then WHAM! We saw this guy. We all agreed the blue whale was one of our favorite things from our trip. Since we spend a lot of time at the beach I couldn’t imagine how much more we could learn about Oceans. But this. Um. Perspective. Holy cow is this thing huge. And we are merely small.
I found this sign fascinating. Guess what is going to be The Boy’s essay subject when we get home and return to Biology?
I LOVED this display. It was great to see how we differ from other mammals. I’d add the existence of a soul…but yea, this is a public secular museum.
We finished level 1 (for the most part) in about 90 minutes and headed upstairs. The kids made a smart comment about taking the elevator to which I replied something about the building being to big. At this point they wisely clammed up and got on the elevator. Momma’s anxiety was starting to show…
AND then Gabby had to go to the restroom. So we went in the direction we THOUGHT it was in. And before I knew it, The Boy and Gabby were lost. In a large building. With many different rooms. And did I mention there was a lot of people? And did I mention that we were in D.C.? 3,000 miles away from home? This momma was not happy, and quickly losing her cool.
Luckily the husband has learned to not panic when I’m anxious. He left Bella and I by the elevator and went in search of the two kids. When he returned in 5 minutes we’d regroup and decide what to do then.
I’m not *THAT* worried about The Boy. He’s an advanced brown belt in mixed martial arts. I pity whoever decides to mess with that kid. But, he is a little absent minded. And I didn’t trust him to keep a complete eye on Gabby. And Gabby. Well, when she decides to make up her mind…
Just when I was about to succumb to my anxiety and panic, Gabby and The Boy arrived. And did they get it from me. ONCE again, misunderstanding. Our family has GOT to work on our communication. And my children need to carry their cell phones that we have for them!
At this point it was REALLY crowded and my ability to handle the number of people in a small space was dwindling fast. And the kids were hungry. (A constant theme this trip). So we went outside to find food.
No such luck. We did manage to get a $5 6-0z cup of Froyo! yogurt from one of the trucks. After an unsuccessful attempt at feeding the food monsters kids, we decided to leave and eat outside of D.C. I realized my wish to visit the US Archives and see the original documents just wasn’t going to happen. I was no longer in the mood to stand in line.
So we made the trek back to our vehicle. But first we made a stop…
The Aviation and Space museum. We probably wouldn’t have visited except that they house an exhibit about Kitty Hawk and The Wright Brothers. Since The Boy is interested in aviation he wanted to see this one thing. So we entered. And wished we hadn’t. In one tiny room there was SO many people!
And after I took this picture, fifty more people entered! The Boy was trying to read everything and he just couldn’t keep up. People were walking in front of him, pushing him out of the way. Finally he had enough. We wanted a picture of him with the model. People kept walking in front of him. My son is quiet and not aggressive. I finally told him to be aggressive. Success.
We left and all of us had enough. I worry about The Boy sometimes. He doesn’t like crowds like me. I sure hope it’s his own personality and not him picking up on my weirdness!
I had one last request. We drove down Constitution Avenue and with my zoom lens I was able to get a picture of the White House. That’s as close as I’ll get to it. (I can’t endure the crowds!)
We left D.C. behind us. We are getting tired and ready to head back west to our home, the beauty of Oregon and our friends.