After church on Sunday, I wanted to go to the Mall and see the monuments and stuff like that. But it didn't start out well since every exit from the freeway was closed. When we finally got off an exit, it was like a parking lot. It finally dawned on me that all of those bikes were at the Mall. Since we have five days in this city, Rinar and I thought it wise to abort the original plan and think of something else to do... like anything away from the city.
Hence, we headed to Manassas for an unplanned trip to the National Park. It was not too far away and the kids were able to watch a cannon demonstration by some reenactors, and even participate in the demonstration. They took their jobs very seriously. Then we attended a short lecture on the beginnings of the Second Battle of Bull Run at Brawner farm.
It was about 3pm when we finished, so we had to find something else to do. We opted for the Air and Space museum near Dulles. It is huge and even has the space shuttle Discovery on display there. We took the kids to an IMAX movie, D-Day and it was a really well done film. Even Zach enjoyed it, so it must have been good.
On the way back to the hotel, I decided to try to get a hold of my high school friend Kelly since I knew we were driving past her town. Amazingly enough I had her address, so we just went right to her house and knocked on the door. I was worried it was not the right house, but to my good fortune it was her house and she was there with her family hanging out by the pool. We had a wonderful visit remembering some fun things from school and playing a few games with our kids. Kelly and I even took our boys on in a quick basketball game in her driveway. It is one of life's pleasures to be able to reconnect with old friends.