After a rainy Day 1, Chase and I were happy for a sunny Sunday in DC. We started out early again, and--as with the day before--packed a lunch and took public transit into the city. First stop was Ford's Theater!
Visiting Ford's Theater requires a ticket with a timed entry. As a Sunday afternoon in January, the National Park Service site wasn't crowded, so we were able to enter right away. We proceeded to the basement of the theater, where there are exhibits about the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the public views on slavery at that time, the Civil War, and the events that led to his assassination.
One part of the museum chronicled the revolving door of Union army generals throughout the Civil War. Chase and I had a field day with the sections on Ambrose Burnside, the general with outrageous facial hair who inspired the term side burns. One of Chase's many nicknames for me includes "burns", so I had to take a few pictures with my kindred spirit.
After touring the exhibits in the theater's basement, we were able to visit the actual theater and see the box seat where the assassination took place. What was incredibly spooky is that, prior to the assassination, apparently Lincoln told his wife that he had had a dream that someone within the white house was killed!
After Ford's Theater, we headed to the National Archives. It was beautiful outside, so we stopped on the way and ate on a park bench outside the FBI building, joking that the bench was probably bugged and someone was listening to see if we dropped buzz words.
In the National Archives, we toured the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, where we saw the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights, among others. Something I found interesting is that Pennsylvania is spelled incorrectly in the list of signatures on the Constitution.
We were a bit tired of museums after the National Archives, so we wandered up Capitol Hill and walked around to all of the buildings there.
After wandering around outside, soaking up the sun, we started on the very arduous journey to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) in Chantilly, VA...via public transit. With the scene from Transformers on the mind, we braved the metro, an hour-long bus ride, and a ten minute cab ride to finally arrive at the Center.
Just like the Air and Space Museum in downtown DC, Chase was in heaven. I have to admit, though, so was I. I loved walking the elevated pedestrian walkway, seeing the Discovery Space Shuttle, and observing how happy Chase was.
After Udvar-Hazy, we began the journey home. Good thing we had audible.com (books on tape downloaded onto your iPhone) to pass the time -- we shared a pair of headphones and made it halfway through a book while on public transit.
We saw an incredible amount in two days, but there is still so much I want to come back and explore. I'm particularly proud of how cheaply we were able to see everything, and of our mastery of the public transit system (including one all-out sprint to catch a bus back from Udvar-Hazy :) ).
See you in the near future, DC. I'll be back.