Jack got out of bed at 7am and woke me up. I’ve started telling him to go to the bathroom as soon as he gets out of bed, but that means he doesn’t fall back asleep when he gets in bed with me, so I’m not sure that’s the route I want to go. I walked to Pluma Bakery and picked out some random goodness for our breakfast: Smoked Ham & Gruyere Croissant x2, Chocolate Croissant, Chocolate Pistachio Croissant (which Ted and I both thought was the best of the bunch), Monkey Bread (nowhere as sugary as mine, but still wonderful), Pistachio Bread Pudding and Pineapple Olive Oil cake. We took an Uber to the Capitol arriving early for our tour at 10:50am.
We met with our congressman Brian Babin, and his staff were super kind to us and the other 2 families on our tour. I was so sorry for one of the other families, they’d gotten the White House tour tickets several weeks ago, but yesterday they were told the tour had been canceled! We think it had to do with a vote not going the way the President wanted, so he canceled all tours and gathered his people to work on new plans. We were bummed not to get tickets to the White House tour, but I think it would have been worse to have the tickets and then have them rescinded.
There were so many rooms and so much to see in our Capitol tour, we walked so fast and I took so many pictures! Despite having a wonderful tour guide, Gabo, it’s hard to keep track of everything we saw there! Here are some highlights:
We thought we’d get to go to the House and watch the congressmen before their vote, but weren’t able to use the tunnel passage as Gabo expected, and by the time we got there at the end of our tour the vote had happened and the congressmen had left.
As we walked through the underground passageway (which was really huge) I caught this awesome view of the capitol.
The first telegram was sent from the old Supreme Court room as this plaque commemorates:
There were 2 little girls with us on the tour and Jack wanted to play with them. The older one was super jealous and didn’t want her little sister to have anything to do with Jack. You should’ve seen the cutting looks she sent Jack!
There was an accident where the guy painting the frieze below was left hanging for a long time when his scaffolding malfunctioned! He refused to paint any more, but designed the rest of the frieze. Of course when the next guy finished painting there was a gap of over 31′ with nothing to go there! Then Congress messed around for many years before finally approving a design for the remaining portion.
The Old Hall of the House was the meeting place of the House of Representatives for nearly 50 years, and now it’s the main exhibition space for statues sent from each State. There are brass markers all over the floor, but I only photographed one.
Jack met a Representative there.
The Old Senate Chamber, occupied by the Senate between 1810 and 1859.
This statue of Ronald Reagan has a line of stone from the Berlin Wall.
The whole tour took much longer than we expected, but that’s not a gripe. We were hungry when it was over, though! We went to the Visitor’s center and had lunch there: buffalo chicken wings and new potato fries for Max, chicken fingers and fries for Jack, and Ted and I split a roast beef sandwich with horseradish mayo and a huge salad. Then the boys each got a chocolate cupcake, and Ted and I split key lime pie and cheesecake with blueberries. We were planning on having supper with Ally and her fam tonight, but we were exhausted and eating a late lunch, and then she thought Kodi might have pinkeye. Ugh.
Next up was the Library of Congress.
We saw Thomas Jefferson’s library; I’d forgotten how many languages he spoke and read, but there were so many non English books there. I loved how they had them displayed, in a spiral glass case. This poor photo doesn’t show how beautiful it was.
We saw the Gutenberg Bible. There were 180 of them printed, but only 49 of them are still in existence. 10 are in the US, and we got to see 1 of them! When we were done looking at various exhibitions here we headed downstairs to see the Bob Hope and Gershwin exhibit, and we saw the piano the Gershwins used.
This made me laugh…I wonder if CC coined this term:
And is the purging they talk about the kind I’m thinking of? Yuck!
When we finished there we stopped at the steps of the Supreme Court for a bit. By this time everyone was off work and the place was fairly cleared out.
Then we walked to the Mall and got some ice cream and let Jack chase more birds. That never gets old! There were some guys with a Frisbee and they encouraged Jack to throw it back to them, until he threw it across the road! Whoops!
We took an Uber home and relaxed a bit. We read our Bible and Jack took a playing bath while Ted and Max headed off to get hamburgers for their supper at 8:10. Jack had fig newtons and whatever else I scrounged up. After the boys went to bed I counted up how many pictures I took today…200! So many are doubles, I’ll have to record how many I actually keep after I thin them down. I turned the lights off at 11.20.
Oh yeah, after all the rain yesterday we forgot to go back to the Mall for the hide and seek! Doh!
Here are a few more shots from today:
That’s Jack taking a circle picture above.
A jogger stopped and offered to take our picture.