Once we had a good night's rest, everyone woke up at 6:45 am (willingly or unwillingly I can't say) and started getting ready for breakfast in the hotel. Breakfast consisted of bagels, fruit, pancakes, cereal, etc. After breakfast, everyone filed into the bus and headed towards the Capitol Building. It was a colossus of a building, and it was covered in scaffolding, which made it which made it even more intimidating. The security was the strongest we would have to deal with on this trip; however, it was efficient.
Once inside the building we were greeted by a dozen marble and copper statues. They were depictions of famous people (mainly politicians) from all fifty states. After the statues, we saw an interesting video about the founding of the nation and the Capitol.
After the tour, we went to the Library of Congress. It was a beautifully made building with many arches and mosaics. The most popular thing there was Jefferson's library. There were so many books!
After lunch, we headed to Mt. Vernon, George Washington's estate. It was expansive, even though we could only tour a small part of it. We got to tour his house and visit recreations of his farms and animal pens. Mt. Vernon was educational and really interesting. I loved seeing all the decor and landscaping.
After Mount Vernon, we headed to King Street Blues, a barbecue restaurant, for dinner. Everyone had a lot of fun and ate a lot of food. After dinner, we went on a ghost tour in Old Alexandria. The tour guide, John, was wearing Colonial style clothes. He told us many interesting ghost stories, hence the name "Ghost Tour." There were five stories, and they were pretty creepy. The first story was about a girl whose wedding dress caught on fire while she was wearing it. The second story was about how people would bury their cats alive to scare off ghosts. That one was sad. The third story was about an apartment building where the tenants were having the same nightmares every night. The fourth story was about a ghost soldier who threatened a British lady. The fifth, and final, story was about the Revolutionary War unknown soldier tomb.
After the ghost tour, everyone piled back into the bus and we went straight to the hotel. With full stomachs and tired legs, we all eventually fell into a deep slumber.
- Elly, Ellie, & Hannah (and guest writer Chance from AZ!)