In early November, 2006 we took a trip to Washington DC. We visited historical sites and great monuments. Below are a few shots and stories of our trip with the Mitchell family. Our daily routine was up at 6:30, out at 7:30, and on the road by 8:30 after breakfast. We usually toured the city and surrounding area until about 8:00 at night and came home tired and ready for bed. Needless to say, after coming home, we needed a vacation from our vacation. But even though our pace was extreme, we really enjoyed the stay. Visiting the things that helped our founding fathers form our nation really inspired us all to respect our country, government, and all the people who live in it. It was a great experience for all.
The gang in front of Ford's Theatre.
Inside Ford's Theatre
The State Booth where Lincoln was shot
A shot of the whole gang in front of the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial.
Amanda and Haley prepping for another dance routine
At the Tidal Pool with the Washington Monument in the background
Inside the Washington Monument
Nicholas, Amanda, and Betty in front of the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument
Views from the top of the Washington Monument - The White House
Views from the top of the Washington Monument - The Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial
Views from the top of the Washington Monument - The Capitol Building
Inside the Washington Monument
The Washington monument by day and by night
Just the Wibben family with the Jefferson Memorial in the background
One more shot of us...
The Jefferson Memorial
Looking up to the kids at the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial Words to inspire on the Lincoln Memorial
Looking down from the Lincoln Memorial
Inside the Library of Congress
Outside the Library of Congress
A family photo with the Capitol Building in the background. The statue on top of the building is called Freedom and faces East as the sun never sets on Freedom.
Inside the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Riding the Metro around DC was fun for all...
Beautiful Fall colors outside one of the Smithsonian Museums
Looking for a pet tyrannosaurus rex
Comparing our legs to a dinosaurs'
How's that for some "bling bling"
Haley eyes the Hope Diamond
Nicholas and Hailey - Buddies
Jamestown Settlement, the first successful British colony in what was to become the United States of America
The Indian houses throughout Jamestown
Inside an Indian home
Nick and Amanda scraping the fur with sharpened shells
An Indian guide shows how to sharpen stones for cutting
Nicholas grinding corn
Madison wondering what is up with all these furs?
Amanda has found a place to lie down and take a nap (and boy is she happy).
No Nick, it's not a baseball bat!
Making an Indian canoe
Amanda making dowels for construction of the settlers' homes
Nicholas ready for battle
Amanda ready for battle
Even Mike and the kids had to go to work the fields while in Jamestown
Nick on board the Godspeed Sailing Ship
The Godspeed and Susan Constant Sailing Ships
Happy to be in Jamestown
After a long day, Nicholas was exhausted (notice he had his baseball with him)
The next day, the kids had a work out trying to open the doors to the National Archive.
The wall at the Korean War Memorial was beautiful, along with the statues and words
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was inspiring. It share numerous quotes of our only 4-term President who led us out of the depression.
The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial
The Fall leaves were beautiful in November
Back in the bus...
Arlington National Cemetery Graves of President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis
World War II Memorial
In front of the National Archive
At the entrance to the Holocaust museum
At the Mammals Movie in the Smithsonian
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Changing of the Guard
Our tour of the Capitol Building with Ken Calvert's aide Statue of Eisenhower one of many in the Rotunda
The ceiling of the Rotunda in the Capitol Building
At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
The Wright Brother's plane "The Wright Flyer"
The home of our first President, George Washington, at Mt. Vernon
A photo with the Washington family
The Wibben Family at the Washington House
The Mitchell Family at the Washington House
What Nicholas wanted to see... George Washington's lead dentures
The attire of the time
On our last day, we made one last visit to the White House before we leave for home
Hauling our luggage to the Metro... Heading for home