Thursday, May 22, 2008

Early Bird Gets The Worm!

On Tuesday Ryan and Dad headed out to D.C. at 6:30 in the morning.  Ryan has always wanted to go to the Bureau of Engraving.  To be able to go on the tour you have to wait in line in the morning to get timed tickets for that day.  It is still free but you have to get a ticket so that they can limit the group size.  They run out of tickets really fast, so you have to be there extra early.  Luckily it was raining so not as many people had lined up so they were able to get tickets.  Then they ran over to the Washington Monument to see if they could get tickets for that as well and were lucky enough to get tickets for that as well.

This is a photo of the plaque above the elevator inside the Washington Monument.  The coolest part of the monument was the elevator.  It had fogged windows in it.  On the way down the monument they stopped the elevator in a couple places and un-fogged the windows so you could see some of the bricks which were donated by different states and sculpted/carved beautifully.
Who knew that three kids could hold up the whole monument?
After we went up the Washington Monument we walked over to the Bureau of Engraving.  We weren't allowed to take photos on the tour.  This was before the tour.  But there really were stacks of uncut money like this coming off the machines.  It was so neat to watch the process!

This is One million dollars in uncut 5 dollar bills.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Looks like you had tons of fun. When we went to DC we weren't willing to go early enough to get the tickets. Maybe another trip...