Dawson up early appointments over by Tyson’s Corner – and we got going with school. I had created a shorter version of lessons today as we were going to have another field trip – this time – Smithsonian Air and Space again –but the further on called the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. I got everyone up and going fairly early – and we started school. As they finished – they staggered their turn getting ready in the restroom and back room. I had texted Dan to see if him and Tara and the kids were interested in joining us on our field trip. Dan said that his clan was still asleep but that it sounded fun. I wrote back and said we wouldn't leave until around 11 and that I needed to find a post office on the way. It was an absolutely gorgeous day – sunrise was awesome – D has it on camera. The day was warming up nicely.
The kids played outside briefly while I finished getting ready and taking Summer on one more walk before we headed out. The Karleen’s were going to meet us there a bit later. We were on a mission to find a post office as our earlier attempt didn’t work. The GPS lead us to a place that was no longer a post office but rather a Sherwin Williams Paint Store. Anyway – I told Dan we were going to stop to find a post office. We made sandwiches for the car as our drive to the museum was about 45 minutes. We found the post office and had to wait in line for awhile – I think some people are already mailing Christmas packages – CRAZINESS!!!
Anyway, the Karleen’s got to the museum before we did – funny. The post office detour added some time to our trip. But we met Kaia and Charlie inside and started our tour with a private flying lesson on a Cessina plane by 2 awesome gentlemen that volunteer – one was an engineer that designed planes and the other was former Air Force Pilot. They were great with the kids and taught them a lot about the cockpit and how various equipment helps them maneuver the plane in the air. I always learn a lot along with the kids.
The volunteers were great with the kids and it was all one on one. The museum was not crowded at all today! It was great. The kids then did a flight simulator that actually turned all the way over - the girls flipped several times in a row and were screaming inside. It was very funny.
Dawson wrapped up his appointments near by and was going to meet us here….. and surprised us by finding us in the museum by going to the top floor and looking down on us. We figured out he was there when he sent aerial photos to us of ourselves from his view on the top floor. It was fun to have him join us. We spend the afternoon learning and seeing some amazing planes and other flight things – like race planes, old war planes even one plane from Germany in WWII, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, and the space shuttle Discovery. It was really awesome. The Fercho kids each picked a plane that they are going to do more research on this week and create a report. I will try to add those here if they turn out well. It was super cool and we even went to the flight observatory. We had fun finding our cars in the parking lot and looking at the planes, birds and Virginia mountains.
We then said bye for now to our friends -Jiujitzu for the Karleen’s, they brought their stuff to go straight there. We headed home- Franki rode with me and the other two went with daddy. Dinner was bacon, eggs, and cesear salads – it worked and I was trying to clean out the refrig to make room for another shopping spree soon. First time I used oven on RV – and we keep setting off the fire alarm- even with exhaust fans running and door open. It doesn’t take much to set it off. We have learned to fan it – but probably good it is sensative. Don’t need to burn down the home on wheels.
When the Karleen’s got back to campground – they all came over. It was a little brisk out – so we all hung out onboard the Allegro and enjoyed popcorn and microwave smores. It has been really enjoyable getting to know the Karleen’s and learning more about their families and friends and life in Pennsylvania. They are great people and we had a lot of fun with them today. Tara, Dan, Charlie and Kaia – thanks for hanging with us at the museum and around the RV park. We are having fun getting to know them and building new relationships or "roots while in DC". It is fun to talk to them as we seem to be on similar pages with our view of "working for the man" and living a "different" lifestyle. Dan is super interested in living on the road and traveling soon.
Calling it a night! It's been a good flight day!