If you have time, there is a two mile trail around the Island that takes you past lovely little wetland habitats. We saw a Blue Heron and lots of butterflies. Tom Sawyer also spotted several lizards.
I love this picture of my husband and daughter.
As you wind your way into the interior of the Island, you find a beautiful stone park and memorial to Theodore Roosevelt.
The basins behind Tom Sawyer were filled with water when I was a child. I am not sure if it is the country's budget woes or the drought that have them empty today.
We had a picnic lunch and a fantastic game of charades tag in the shadow of Theodore Roosevelt. We then moved on to the National Aquarium. This is a tiny aquarium that was a real dive when I was a child but was taken over by the Baltimore Aquarium a few years ago. Boy, what an improvement!! It is still really small but now very nice.
The little turtle rode on the big turtle's back for a long time.
We finished off this very busy day with a quick tour of the Old Post Office Tower. This is a really nice alternative to going up in the National Monument. There is almost never a wait; it is free; and if you have a child afraid of heights like we do, you can leave quickly.
You can see our Tom Sawyer is afraid of heights. He lay in the fetal position while I ran around and took a few quick shots.
Then I took him down the stairs at his request instead of the elevator. The open, see-through stairs scared him even more. I knew he wasn't too thrilled with heights but was surprised at how scared he became in the tower.
The Capitol Building at the end of Constitution Avenue
I hope to have the last three days of our trip up over the next few days.