10/20: Took the train into D.C. yesterday. There is so much to do there, but we didn’t have time to do everything that I wanted to. We went to the Holocaust Museum first and it was difficult to see. There were several people who brought their small children to see it and I’m not sure that it is something that I would want my kids to see at such a young age. I think that it would be difficult to explain. There are a lot of very graphic photos and video’s all over. While some of the most graphic are somewhat hidden behind half walls so they can’t see them, I think the ones that are visible are bad enough. I was okay until I got to the special section called “Daniel’s Story”. It’s the story from a child’s diary, telling about what life was like before and after Hitler took over and how he survived being in a concentration camp. His sister and mother did not survive.
We went to the Smithsonian’s Natural History museum for the sole purpose of seeing the Hope Diamond. It is one of the few things that I remembered seeing when we came here on a family vacation when I was little. Unfortunately, that part of the museum was closed. I was so disappointed because I wanted to see if it was anything like I remembered. Here’s is a picture from that trip:
I was also a little sad because the museum was a little run-down. They really need to do some refurbishing or at least paint the walls! We went to one of the IMAX shows playing and it was pretty cool.
The people there were so nice. A policeman helped us get the correct train tickets and even took us over to the machine and made sure we got what we needed. Then a security guard in the Smithsonian actually walked with us outside and made sure we knew which way to go in order to get to the Ford’s Theatre. It was unexpected but a pleasant surprise and made up for the rude people of Massachusetts. We walked around and went to the International Spy Museum and were going to go to Madam Trousseau’s, but they were closed. I was shocked that a lot of the attractions closed at 6:00pm! We really didn’t get to do any of the things that we had hoped to do while here, like going to the White House…but, maybe next time.
10/21: Made the uneventful drive to Williamsburg. Realized that KOA campgrounds are the best places to stay. Out of all the campgrounds we have stayed in so far, the KOA’s are the cleanest and nicest. This one is no exception. The site has a brick patio and a swing! They have “ambassadors” that actually take you to your campsite instead of just handing you a map and letting you go find it. This is such a nice touch. They really do make you a Happy Camper.
10/22: Rained all day here. So, we went to the Williamsburg Outlet stores. I really need to stay away from there! They had the best stores! Not the usual “outlet” crap you usually find at outlet stores. They had actual items that would be sold in the NON-outlet store. It was a good day to stay inside though and watch something on Netflix.
10/23: We went to Colonial Williamsburg today. I remember nothing of this place from our visit during my childhood. It was interesting but not some place that I would actually go out of my way to visit again. We had a short tour of one of the “taverns” and learned what it was like back in the 1700’s. Supposedly George Washington visited the one we were in. Really didn’t think much of it, so we came back to the campground and did laundry. It was about 68 degrees and sunny today, much better than yesterday, but I’m ready to move further south and enjoy some really warm weather. Tomorrow we will head to North Carolina and stay in Fayetteville one night on our way to Hilton Head. I am SO looking forward to sticking my toes in some sand.