29 August - Washington DC
We took our time this morning, eating our breakfast in our one bedroom apartment. We headed out just before 11 and walked in the heat (forecast 34 Celsius today) to Union Station. We purchased 2 day tickets to one of the hop on hop off bus and set off. We completed a full loop upstairs taking in the commentary whilst sitting upstairs in the hot sun snapping lots of photos as we passed landmarks. After completing a loop we hopped off and had a really good lunch in a cafe at the station.
Darlene and Karol remained behind and did some shopping at the adjacent shopping mall while Lance and I boarded a bus and hopped off at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. It is one of 19 Smithsonian establishments in and around Washington DC. I really enjoyed the NASA Space program section covering the moon missions and exploration of our solar system. They had Mercury, Gemini & Apollo space craft, a lunar lander, a lunar rover like the ones they drove on the moon. Lots of amazing photos, exhibits and so much more. They had a history of aviation with replica planes from the early 1900s on including the front of a 747 plane.
We left shortly before 4pm to rendezvous with the girls outside the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History as we had arranged. Unfortunately we sat out in the heat for the next 45 minutes waiting for them. We went inside and Darlene and I had a bit of a look around. We saw maybe a third of the exhibits before it was time to catch the last bus back to the station.
We walked back to our apartment and I had a quick swim in the rooftop pool while Darlene had a cool shower. We returned to the bar downstairs for tea. They make the best burgers. Even Darlene had one and enjoyed it.