Washington D.C.

I have never had a trip with SO much good and SO much


at the same time!

So, we started off sleeping through our alarm, returning to the house for directions on where we were even going, and finally were on our way. That’s when we remembered to have our prayer of safety as we traveled. Paul just had to silently add

“if anything is going to happen to the van, let it happen now”

– ten seconds later the power steering died and our battery light came on. We nursed the car to an auto parts store who, thankfully, knew exactly what the problem was. Thirty or so minutes later, one serpentine belt richer, and our wallets a bit lighter, we FINALLY made it onto the freeway. (and we were VERY grateful it happened while in town)

Thankfully, at that point the drive went nice and smooth. It wasn’t late when we arrived at our campground, but it was quite dark. We managed to scavenge a little firewood and had a small fire before tossing the kids in the tent. It was cold, but not freezing, and the days were very nice.

Friday dawned and we munched on cereal in the car on our way to downtown D.C. Luckily Paul knows the D.C. area (he served his mission there) so he was able to get us to where we wanted to go without getting us hopelessly lost – and we had a GPS 🙂

Our first stop was the Air and Space Museum. We had a blast exploring – everyone loved it – and we met up with Vesna who Paul taught and baptized (along with her daughter) while on his mission.

Air & Space Museum 1

Air & Space Museum 2

After we finished exploring the museum we had lunch and headed out onto the National Mall. The kids were ecstatic to see the Capitol building.
US Capitol

We walked down the the Museum of Natural History. The kids of course were delighted with the dinosaurs. While we were there we met up with our good friends, the Johnsons. We would have stayed and seen more, but the kids were anxious to see the monuments and two of boys were taking a snooze.

National Museum of Natural History

By the end of the day we had done a TON of walking and

EVERYONE was tired and

our feet Hurt!

We saw the Washington Monument, White House, World War II memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (which was SO awesome!).  By then the sun was going and we could barely drag ourselves back to the car.

Washington Monument


WWII Memorial

(We had to have our picture take above the date for D-day because we were married on June 6th)

Vietnam Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

After we finished staggering to the car we drove to Vesna’s for dinner – which was AMAZING and snuck into our campground very late. The kids were asleep the second they hit their sleeping bags.

Next morning we were up bright and early taking luke-warm showers (brrrrrrr) and getting ready to go to the temple. The kids hung out with a very nice elderly couple while Paul and I went with Vesna and the Johnsons to the temple.  Our friends, the Feinauers were there too! It was like a mini Newberg Reunion! It was so neat to be so far from Oregon and yet be surrounded by old friends. I have always wanted to go to that temple and I was so excited for the opportunity.

Temple with Vesna

Afterwards we drove to Arlington National Cemetary and saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. I stayed with the girls to watch the guard change (it was a little hard for the boys to be that quiet for that long).

Arlington National Cemetary

A little ways away was the Iwo Jima statue, so we drove over there – I remember loving that one as a kid.

Iwo Jima

Then we drove back to the National mall and saw the Jefferson Memorial. By then the sun was setting, so we drove back to the temple so the kids could see it and go to the visitor center.

Jefferson Memorial

Washington DC Temple

That night things got a little crazy. James threw up as we ate a late dinner at the picnic table. We figured he just choked on something, but when he threw up a second time in the tent, we knew he had a bug.

Throwing up kids are no fun in tents!

Luckily we had extra blankets. We also slept a little cooler that night, but we made it through (James threw up two more times during the night) and enjoyed sitting in a warm van once morning came. I hung out in the tent with James while Paul took the kids to church at one of the wards he was a missionary. He really enjoyed seeing old friends. When he got back we packed up the car and went on our merry way.

The interstate happens to pass by a very special park, though, and I couldn’t resist a stop. We used to go here all the time when I was a kid and really wanted to take the kids. I couldn’t believe it when we saw the signs to it on the way to D.C. and Paul asked if I wanted to stop on the way home.

Oh, boy did I?!!!

It was awesome. Sometimes you revisit a place and it isn’t all that you remembered, but this was all I remembered and more! The kids and hubby absolutely loved it and we can’t wait to go back and camp there sometime and really explore.

Coopers Rock 1

Coopers Rock 2

Coopers Rock 3
Coopers Rock 4

No one even got sick on the way home! So, while we definitely had our challenges, the trip was wonderful. Paul and I had so much fun showing the kids the sites that we remembered from so long ago, and the kids had fun seeing all the places they had heard about in school. I don’t think we could have crammed anything more into that vacation if we had tried! There is still a lot we want to see and do, so….

I can’t wait to go back!


Filed under Bobert, Dot, Em, Family, Jacob, James, Lizy

13 responses to “Washington D.C.

  1. I’ve been once to Washington D.C, but it was about 500 years ago. Or maybe 15. How neat it is to be close enough to be able to do a whirlwind trip like that one! My husband has been back a couple of times for business and once with his dad. Maybe someday we’ll actually get to take the kids too. We have yet to take them across state lines! (Except for one 3 day trip to California for joe’s wedding, which barely counted as vacation :P)

  2. Our favorite city in the whole world! We miss DC so much! Wish we still lived up there so we could have seen you guys too! Holy smokes, can’t believe you did so much on that first day! Ack! That’s tough for adults – your kids are SUPER troopers to make it!

    Okay, that’s enough exclamation points. Sheesh.

    • Treen – lol about the exclamation points 🙂 Yeah, we ran them into the ground that first day, but boy it was fun! And, we did have the two younger ones in strollers so that helped, but boy all of our feet were hurting by the end of the day and Jacob (6) was really dragging – I was amazed he did it – and without complaining 🙂 Where are you these days? I thought you were still near DC.

  3. That looks like a fun trip! I have never really spent any time on the east coats. I really should go and visit it sometime.

  4. I LOVE DC! What a great trip!!

  5. I want to do this trip someday (minus the sick kid)! Thank you for sharing! The pics are all great! 🙂

  6. What an adventure! You look AMAZING!!!!!!! We’ll really miss you at this year’s retreat:( At least we still have blogs! 🙂 oh and fb, can’t forget fb.

  7. I ❤ DC! Your photos are fab!
    We were there last year when our son Sean had a conference and we tagged along. The metro is neat as is Union Station. You sure got around! I love the American History museum the best. We also went to Arlington as Sean has never been and it was sad to see the graves of Teddy and Jackie Kennedy. I don't recall seeing the Temple, but I remember seeing catacombs someplace.

  8. Since you were in DC, sometime hit all the Maryland spots-Baltimore and a fairly new spot-National Harbor! And PA is nice too. : )

    • Good ideas – There is definitely a TON more that we want to see and look forward to another DC trip sometime. As for PA it is at the top of our list as well 🙂 I grew up in PA and there are tons of places I can’t wait to take the kids too. 😀

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