We saw much during our trip to Virginia. Daughter 2 and her husband took in the monuments on their first day. They visited the Pentagon and then on Tuesday we planned to visit the museums. We made our way from the Capitol Building on down the Mall.
“The National Archives is just one street off the Mall. Let’s veer off here,” I suggested. “We can view the Declaration of Independence and continue on down.”
“No, not yet. We’ll see it on our way back,” they replied.
Knowing this was their trip, I didn’t insist. After all, I had made this trip several times. My daughter had been several times, but this was SIL’s first trip. I was just tagging along enjoying them view things together for the first time.
So I snapped a picture of the exterior just in case.
We continued on to visit the Museum of Natural History, the American History Museum and then looped around to visit the back and front of the White House.
On our way back to the car, I reminded them again, “Now is our chance to visit the National Archives.” My son-in-law looked skeptically at the line visible from the front and wrapped around the building. They walked on. Taking this as a “no” I stopped two twenty-somethings and asked them if it was a long wait.
“Oh, no,” they informed me. “The line looks long but it moves right along. We were in and out in twenty minutes.”
“Let’s go.” Now I was insisting. “We can do this, get to the car and beat the rush hour traffic.” Still I was met with a negative.
“We’ll go on Thursday when we visit the Air and Space Museum,” they answered.
On Thursday the weather took a turn for the worse. The temperatures were frigid yet D2 and SIL went in to the city again together. I stayed home with our little guy to keep him out of the weather and prepare a Thank you dinner for my sister and other family members for our last evening together.
“Where did you go?” I asked them when they returned home in mid afternoon. “We visited the Holocaust Museum and the Air and Space Museum.”
“Did you get to the National Archives?” I asked.
“No, we’ll go on our next trip back.”
What have you seen or do you plan to see the second time around?