Today we had the wonderful privilegde of a personal tour of the US Capital Building by Pete Obermueller, who is a staff member for the Representative of Wyoming. He gave us a great tour and showed us some interesting and beautiful parts of the Capital. We really appreciated his time and attention given to us. Thanks Pete!
Our time here in Washington has been full of history as we have been touring many of the Smithsonian museums, including the Air and Space Museum. This has many of the NASA space ships and rockets, old airplanes such as the Spirit of St Louis and the Wright Bros. planes. The kids loved seeing the "real thing". They also got to go into a flight simulator where you had total control of a fighter jet. If you rolled right or left, you would actually turn upside down! Needless to say, they loved it. (I, on the otherhand, was not too sure.) Among seeing the Capital, the monuments, Mount Vernon, and other sights, we have been learning a great deal about American History, the Presidents, the Government and the wars that have shaped this nation. It has been fascinating and the kids have been soaking up the history, which has been great.
We have also been enjoying our time with Anne's brother and family. Peter and Jodi live here in Washington while Peter is working as the Defence Counsellor for the Australian Embassy. They have been very gracious hosts to us and have allowed us to repack our suit cases and wash the RV in preparation for our return to Australia. We only have a few days now before we start our long journey home. But, before that, we still have a few more sights to see here in Washington, and we look forward to celebrating the 4th of July here in DC. We even bought a whole bunch of fireworks to let off on Sunday. It should be fun!