The junior class at Desert Christian School is invited each year by Dr. Dan Roland, the US history teacher, to take a history trip to the east coast of the USA. The trip is intended to put a face on the events and places studied in eleventh grade US history. I was fortunate to be able to accompany the class on their 2007 trip. We left school around 5 PM Saturday, June 16, to catch the "red-eye" out of LAX. We landed at Dulles at sunrise Sunday morning, boarded our tour busses, and set off on our adventure.
Our first stop was McDonald's breakfast. Then we trucked on down to Monticello, the hilltop home of Thomas Jefferson, and his University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Click here for pictures.
We finished the day with a drive into Washington, D. C. where we visited the Albert Einstein Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Click here for pictures.
Monday, June 18. We were up early to get tickets for our tour of the Capital. Also included on our Monday in Washington, D. C. were the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the FDR Memorial, the Mason Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Click here for pictures.
Tuesday, June 19. It was hot and muggy in DC. We started the day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Our wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was delayed by a wreath laying by a high official of the Afganistani Army. We did get to witness a full Army wreath laying with 19 gun salute and band as a result. We visited General Lee's house in Arlington, rode the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument, spent a couple of hours at Smithonian sites (mine were the Botanical Gardens and the Art Museum), and had a photo op in front of the white house. Our day was capped with the Marine Sunset Parade. Pictures are posted here.
Wednesday, June 20. This was our last day in DC. We began the day with a visit to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. The day in DC included The Enlightenment (I think that is what the sculpture was called), the Ford Theater and Peterson house where Abraham Lincoln died, the Navy Memorial, the Modern Sculpture Garden, the Treasury (no pics), the World War II Memorial, and the Veteran of the Korean War Memorial. We concluded the day and our stay in DC with our visit to the Lincoln Memorial. Pictures are posted here.
Thursday, June 21. We drove from Washington, D. C. to Gettysburg. At Gettysburg we took part in a piece of Americana which will be dismantled this fall, the Electric Map. Then we had a guided tour of the battle field. From Gettysburg we traveled into Pennsylvania Amish country. In respect for the Amish there are no pictures of them. Gettysburg pictures are here.
Friday, June 22. We started Friday in Philadelphia -- Constitution Hall, the Liberty Bell, Christ Church, Philly Cheese Steaks, and the "Rocky" steps at the Museum of Art. The balance of our day was spent driving to New York. Pictures are here.
Saturday, June 23. We started the day with a view of New York from the visitor platform on the Empire State Building. The rest of the day included Madison Square Garden, Ellis Island with views of the Statue of Liberty, Founders Square, Wall Street, Ground Zero, Times Square, Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic, and a return to Times Square at night. Pictures are posted here.
Sunday, June 24. We started the day with a visit to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Devine, General Grant's tomb, and Central Park. Midday and early afternoon we were "turned loose" in our parent groups to explore and shop New York. We left New York mid-afternoon on Sunday for our drive to Boston. Pictures are here.
Monday, June 25. Our tour ended in Boston with a walk on the "Freedom Trail." Prior to Boston itself, we visited the minuteman memorials in Lexington and Concord. The day ended with a 294 step climb inside the obolisk at Bunker Hill National Monument and our flight back to California. In keeping with the unofficial theme of the week--hurry up and wait--our flight out of Boston was delayed two hours. Boston pictures are posted here.