My 2019 Summer Vacation

Before The Flight

Before the flight, I stayed at a hotel. The hotel was right next to the LAX airport. It was so close, you could watch the planes take off, if you were on the right side of the hotel. You could hear them too. The hotel had, about twelve floors, an outdoor swimming pool, a big lobby, a restaurant with a view of the swimming pool, lots of rooms, a bus to the airport, and other awesome things. Tomorrow we are flying to Washington D.C., which is all the way at the other side of the United States. I was informed that the flight would take about FIVE hours! I would be on the plane for ¨so¨ long. And the flight is at 9:00 in the morning! So early!

I went swimming with my brother for a few hours, and then we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The dinner was delicious and we also had some dessert too. When I got back to the room that my family and I were staying in and changed into my pajamas and went to bed.

The next morning, I was excited to get on the plane, even if it gets to the airport in a few hours from now. I haven’t gone on a plane for about a year, so I’m excited. I brought my iPad and Apple Pencil for waiting at the airport. Once we were ready, we went to the front desk and checked out of the hotel. We waited for the bus and once it came, we put our suitcases on the rack and sat down for the ride to the airport.

The bus dropped us off at the airport so we got our bags checked and found our gate. Once we found our gate, Mama and I got breakfast for the plane and came back to our gate to wait for boarding the plane. While I waited, I drew things on an app on my iPad, including tic-tac-toe and connect four to play with my brother. I played and drew until the flight attendants called our groups to board the plane. I sat down and read on my Kindle until the plane started moving, and then I looked out the window and watched as the plane took off.

Washington D.C. Monuments

There are many monuments in Washington D.C. Here I will tell you all about them.

The Washington Monument

This monument is the first monument that I see on my trip in D.C. I take a picture of it, even though I’m pretty far away from it. So we keep walking closer to it and whenever there’s a good spot, I take another picture. Once I finally get as close as I can, I have to look way up to see the top. The monument is really, really tall! I can’t imagine how much marble that they used for it. (The whole thing is made of marble) But even though I’m seeing all kids of cool places and things, I’m kind of sad that I don’t get to go swimming. The next monument that I see is the World War II memorial. The WWII memorial is a huge fountain with a lot of giant pillars around it. Every pillar had the name of a state or territory that was in the United States at the time of World War II.

WWII Memorial
WWII Memorial

And then, as I walked farther I see a big white structure that is the shape of a box but is open on the front and on the front, there are a lot of pillars. I ask Dad if what I am seeing is the Lincoln Memorial. He tells me that is the Lincoln Memorial. I started getting excited, I’m seeing the real Lincoln Memorial!

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

Wow! I even get to go inside to see president Lincoln’s giant statue! It’s huge! There are alwo quotes engraved on some of the walls. And there is a gift shop inside, which I look around in. Lincoln’s statue is so detailed, it is like Lincoln himself is sitting there, but he’s bigger than life-sized. Right in front of the Lincoln Memorial is where Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have A Dream” speech, and the exact place is marked by an engraving on the tile saying that “this is the place Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.”

MLK Marker
MLK Marker

I also see the Thomas Jefferson memorial, which is a circle of tall pillars with a dome-like top. It had a giant statue of Thomas Jefferson in the middle. Along the walls are some of his quotes.

Washington D.C. Buildings

The first important building that we go to see is the Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is where Congress makes laws. The statue on top is of Lady Liberty. The Capitol is so white. It’s very bright in the sunlight, I have to squint to look at it.

Capitol Building
Capitol Building

I see the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It has planes and spacecraft and lots of exhibits about air and space.

Air and Space Exhibit
Air and Space Exhibit

I also go to the International Spy Museum. The Spy Museum has all kinds of spy history and some fun activities to do, like crawling as quietly as you can through a pretend air duct. I learn about spies throughout history.

Air Duct
Air Duct

I go to the National Archives. The National Archives is where they have the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The National Archives also has a Magna Carta exhibit that we look at.

Archives Documents
Archives Documents

Near the National Archives is the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. It has the actual shoes that Judy Garland wore in the film “The Wizard of Oz.” They also have Glinda’s wand, and the Scarecrow’s costume.

Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz

On our last day in D.C., we go the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the BEP. That is where they make and print dollar bills. There are giant machines that do the printing and cutting to the right size. The machines basically do everything there is to do.

Printing Machines
Printing Machines

Philadelphia

My family and I go from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia by train. The train ride will be about two hours. At least it’s not as long as the plane flight.

After two hours on the train, we get out in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, we go to see Independence Hall. Independence Hall is where the Liberty Bell used to ring.

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

Across the street from Independence Hall is where the Liberty Bell is. When we go inside, I see the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is really big. “Why did it need to be so big?” I wonder.

Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell

Behind the place where the Liberty Bell is, is the Benjamin Franklin Museum. In the museum is Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Harmonica, an instrument that he invented himself.

Glass Harmonica
Glass Harmonica

There is also a Benjamin Franklin Institute. That’s also pretty much a museum. At the front entrance, there is a huge statue of Benjamin Franklin. In the next room, people are signing in. And we go to most of the different exhibits there, including an optical illusion exhibit. In the exhibit there are a bunch of different optical illusions to see.

Optical Illusion
Optical Illusion

In the pictures, you look at a picture of the American flag, then look at an orange rectangle, you will see a faint picture of the flag. There are many other illusions, not just that one, though.

The New Jersey Battleship

The New Jersey battleship is in New Jersey, but I’m going to include it in the Philadelphia chapter, because if there were a New Jersey chapter, this would be all that’s in it.

USS New Jersey
USS New Jersey

The New Jersey Battleship is a really big ship. It’s bigger than the Titanic was, well only five feet longer and fifteen feet wider. We follow the red tape line to different parts of the battleship. By the time we are done, it’s pouring outside.

Going Home

We have our suitcases packed up and are in the right gate at the airport. We wait for the plane to arrive. As I wait I doodle on my iPad. When the plane finally gets here, we wait to board. When we are on the plane, we find our seats. I ask Mom how long the flight will be. She tells me that the flight will be about two hours, and then we will get off and board another plane to get the rest of the way home. During the flight, I watch a movie, have a snack, talk with Mom, and doodle some more. The flight feels so long. Finally we land in North Carolina. Halfway there! We find our next gate and wait for this plane. It’s been about a half of an hour and the plane finally arrives. As the passengers are exiting, there is an announcement that says our flight is being cancelled. Dad gets up to go find us another flight home.

Tonight we are staying in a hotel (with a pool!). So once we get there, I quickly change into my bathing suit, and my brother and I get to the swimming pool and swim. After swimming for a few hours, my brother and I head up to the room and dry off to change and have dinner. At dinner we talk about the flight schedule for tomorrow. Tomorrow we take a flight to Georgia, and then switch flights to one that takes us home. Home…it feels so far away.

On the day of the flights, we got up early(ish), and went to have breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. I had a nice night of sleep. I told Mom, Dad, and my brother. “I’m so glad you did,” Mom says to me. Right after she said that, the waitress comes with our breakfast. So we start eating our breakfast.

We are back in our hotel room and are packing up to leave. Okay, I’m done packing my suitcase and it looks like everyone else is too. Well, I guess that it’s time to go. We wait for the van in front of the hotel. And in a few minutes, it’s here. So we load our suitcases into the back and hop in. As we get driven to the airport, I start thinking. I think that I will need to write about this vacation. The van stops. I guess we made it to the airport already. Well, it’s time to get out. I unbuckle my seatbelt, get out of the van, and retrieve my suitcase.

Yay! I’m getting even closer to home! Now where’s my plane? Which gate is it in? “Dad, where will our plane be?” I ask. “In that gate, up ahead,” Dad says, pointing to a gate up ahead. We sit down in the chairs at the gate. When the plane arrives, the passengers who were on the plane got off so Group 1 boarded the plane, then Groups 2, 3, and 4, then Groups 5, 6, 7, and 8, and finally Group 9. Once everyone is on board, the flight attendant closes the door and we’re off!

Flights can be really boring sometimes. Ugh, maybe I should be try sleeping. Hey, why is someone tapping me? Oh, it’s Mom. “What?” I ask. “We’re almost there,” she answers. After a little while of looking out the window and eating, the pilots announced that we are about to land. Then, a few minutes later, we land. We get off and then get on a different plane and fly home. (This flight isn’t much different from the last one).