June 13, 2015
June 13th was already included in our last post, but we made it to Washington DC early enough to still have some fun.
We drove directly to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution. It is located adjacent to Washington Dulles Airport, which makes sense as the museum houses a number of large aircraft that would be very difficult to get to the main Smithsonian campus in downtown DC. We got there about 1 hour before closing time so it was a bit of a rush to see the highlights.
Above is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. I had a micro machine of this plane so it's always been one of my favorites.
The main reason that I wanted to go to this museum was to see the Space Shuttle Discovery. Only 5 functional space shuttles were built. Two were lost (Columbia and Challenger) and the three have been retired to Florida, Los Angeles and DC.
This beauty was massive. It was awesome to see it in person (and not strapped to the back of a Boeing 747).
One of the twenty supersonic Concordes built.
The Enola Gay, which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.
After the museum, we made our way back into DC where we stayed right downtown in the Hotel Monaco. This hotel is located in the General Post Office Building that was built in 1839. It was a perfect spot, located halfway between the capitol building and the White House.
It was a late dinner, but we at on the patio at the Shake Shack, and finished off the meal with ice cream.
Lyla loves her ice cream.
Kate really loves her ice cream.
Ada loves her ice cream, but doesn't get nearly as much on her face.
Ice cream brings out Lyla's demons.
And, there are no words for this one, except that this is only one photo of about 20 that we took together in our tiny, tiny room... (Can you spot our photobomber?).
Tomorrow, we make our way to the museums and sites that we missed from the last time we visited DC, only about 9 months before this trip!