Author: Golda Gershanok
On every trip there is an adventure and a story to tell. The story of the semi sideswiping our van twenty minutes away from our destination for the night was the story from our Illinois trip. Another story was from a visit to California. Our car broke down. There wasn’t any shop open to help that late. Our only option was to stay the night then rent another car to use. The biggest story of all was from our Washington DC trip when the plane we were on to go home crashed into another plane before we were even on the runway.
Though it is more suspenseful to tell about these adventures, it isn’t all we remember. This vacation to Washington DC was very memorable for many reasons. We arrived late at night and had family friends who live there (Cali and Levi) waiting for us at the metro stop. When we made it to their house, I was amazed to see how tiny it was. It was surprising to me that we were all able to stay there for even a few days with this many of us.
The next morning we were ready quickly so we could see as much as possible! My family members all had something they wanted to see. For me, it was the LDS temple that was not far from where we were. We drove there and I was able to see it and enjoy the time there. Ryan, my brother, wanted to visit the Holocaust museum. Having heard about it, I was worried to go thinking I would be too depressed to see the things inside. I decided to stay back with my sisters and Levi and play Rock Band while my mom, Cali, and Ryan went to the museum. Looking back now I regret not going.
Cami, my youngest sister, wanted to go to the Smithsonian to see Dorothy’s ruby slippers. We went and most of the museum was closed, but we saw the slippers and other great things like Oscar the Grouch and an American history hall. Cami also wanted to see the Lincoln Monument. When we came up to it, I was amazed how enormous it was. I didn’t expect this at all. For my sister, we went to the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom where the Declaration of Independence is located. She wanted to see it more than anything else.
My mom didn’t have any specific thing she wanted to do or see. All she had in mind was to see as much as possible. We were able to go to many different places that Cali knew of and could take us to. One of the days we walked at least twelve miles and we saw a variety of different things. By the end of this trip we visited or were able to see the monument for the Vietnam war and the Korean war, the Washington Monument (pictured), the LDS temple, the White House, and so much more!
I enjoyed every minute of this vacation. I would go back gladly and I get excited for everyone who tells me they will be going there. Usually I tell about the vacation when our plane crashed. I’m glad it was this trip because when I tell the story, I think of the rest of our trip and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was wonderful for my whole family. I hope I can return to Washington DC so I can see the parts that I missed and see things again that stood out to me!