I flew in Washington’s Reagan Airport yesterday. I’ll be in the area staying with different people for most of the month. I’m excited to be up here again. I grew up in this area and I’ve been missing it a lot lately. Northern Virginia is a beautiful place!
Yesterday’s flight into DC was wonderful! The flight itself was okay but the view as we landed was magnificent. I wanted to be able to see the monuments as we landed and I thought for sure that I was on the wrong side of the plane. But it turns out I wasn’t.
As we landed we flew right past the Washington Monument; I could see the National Mall and the Capitol Building at the end, the White House, which by the way looks really small compared to all the other buildings around it, and the Jefferson Memorial.
I was so happy to be on the correct (left) side of the plane to see all this, because I normally fly in and out of Dulles when I come up here.
Those sites also brought back a lot of memories.
Every year my school always went on a field trip to the Smithsonian Museums. It was usually the one with the dinosours in them (Museum of National History). But we also went to the Air and Space Museum, which for years I thought was named after a guy named Aaron Space. Okay, I confess I was, oh, about 18 years old when I finally figured it out!
Come to think of it we probably hit most of the Smithsonian Museums plus the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the place where money is made, and the saw the Declration of Independence. Also the National Zoo when Ling-Ling (female) and Hsing-Hsing (male) the 2 original pandas were still there.
So much fun back then. Still so much fun now.
One interesting side note is that becauase the Smithsonian museums are free, I thought all museums were free. That’s one reason I haven’t been to any of the museums in Orlando yet. I don’t want to pay for it. In a town know for its theme parks, are the museums really any good? Serious, let me know.
My family would also go down to the mall to spend the afternoon on weekends. Sometimes is was a museum, or just walking around, or riding the carousel. Those were fun days. When I was in junior high we starting going into DC to see the Christmas tree and all the little trees representing every state and territory that is part of the USA. Each tree was and still is decorated by a state theme. Always a fun thing to do every year.
Yeah, I miss this area.