Friday, April 6, 2012

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - IV Day 8 certainly has been an adventure. This is the final chapter of the 4th Edition of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for the Cierzan's! We are heading west, back to Minneapolis tonight! However, we certainly made the best of our last day in our Nations Capital.

Our morning started out by meeting with our "first" official babysitter: Megan Hupp. She left us some time ago and headed east. She is actually going to be working on the campaign with Vice President Biden's staff. She has been working in Watergate with the Atlantic Press (???) for sometime. Doesn't sound like she'll be moving home anytime soon. It was nice to catch up. While we were at breakfast, Dad caught up with a client as well for breakfast.

We regrouped, checked-out and headed to the Smithsonian of American Art. The kids wanted to to catch the new exhibit: "The Art of Video Games." This was a cool exhibit and one that I would recommend. Then we headed over to Arlington Cemetery by way of the Metro. What a great experience. We really lucked out, as the Prime Minister of Kosovo was presenting a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, so we got to see an extra special ceremony. (In addition to the changing of the guard). Afterward we headed back into the DC area and caught a bite at Legal Seafood. (Yummy fish and chips, according to Leah! Guy and I especially liked the crab cake.) Finally, despite the fact that we couldn't see it all and needed to head home, we thought the kids couldn't come home without seeing the WWII Memorial. It was a quick cab ride away. They thought it was pretty cool. In the end they had lots of questions and wanted to know exactly how many of our relatives served during the various war memorials that we visited. They wanted to know if they "really had to fight." Guy and I did our best to answer the questions, but of course, rely on family to help enlighten the kids about our families history and roles that they played in many of the historical events that we learned about on this trip. In the end...the kids highlight, the visit of The White House and definitely want to go back, as there was so much more to see.

We'll have to see what they come up with for PTA(Planes, Trains and Automobiles) V! Thanks for sharing in our adventure, we hope to inspire others to take similar journey's with their family.

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