To finish out Day 2 in Washington, D.C., our group met back up at the National Archives Museum. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, & the Bill of Rights are America’s most treasured documents & are on display in the National Archives Rotunda. Collectively, these are known as the “Charters of Freedom”.   If you’ve seen National Treasure, this is where Nicholas Cage’s character goes to study the security surrounding the Declaration of Independence before he attempts to steal it. Just like in the movie, the security for these treasured documents is extremely tight. There’s a […]

D.C. Trip Day 2: National Archives

Everyone that visits Washington, D.C. is sure to spend some time on the National Mall.  Monuments, reflecting pool, plenty of trees & green grass make this a popular place to hang out.  Selfie opportunities abound all over the National Mall & we made sure to take as many as we could.  Like most people, I would simply call this area a “park”, or more likely a National Park, but I started wondering why it’s called a “mall.”  After some quick research, I found out that the term “mall” originally meant a place where people played pall-mall, a game similar to […]

D.C. Trip Day 2: The National Mall

One of the things that I have never done on my previous trips to Washington, D.C. was visit the White House, so when we got confirmation that we were going to be able to visit the White House on this trip, we were all overjoyed!  Our family voted for President Trump & Kid Frosty loves him, so this was the most anticipated stop on our trip.  We knew that the chances of us seeing or meeting President Trump were extremely slim, but that didn’t dampen our excitement for visiting the White House. Kid Frosty loves, loves, LOVES our Presidents.  All […]

D.C. Trip Day 2: The White House

The last sight-seeing stop on our first day in D.C. was Arlington National Cemetery.  The tagline on brochures call it “America’s Shrine to those who honorably served our Nation.”  It’s definitely that… and so much more.    “Arlington National Cemetery encapsulates America’s history – a living tribute to our Nation’s past and how it continues to thrive through the service and sacrifice of those willing to dedicate their life to its ideals.”                                                 – Arlington National Cemetery brochure […]

D.C. Trip Day 1: Arlington National Cemetery

No other building in Washington, D.C. is more recognizable than the United States Capitol, except maybe for the White House.  In virtually every movie or television show that contains scenes from D.C., there is almost certainly going to be a shot of the Capitol.  Like no other building in our country, the United States Capitol is the most widely recognized symbol of democratic government in the world.  This is where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation, where Presidents are inaugurated & where they deliver State of the Union Addresses. History is made daily at the U.S. Capitol […]

D.C. Trip Day 1: United States Capitol Building

Our first sight-seeing stop in D.C. was to the Library of Congress.  The thought of visiting a library on vacation would be a nightmare to many, but this is not your typical library. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library with more than 164 million items that are stored on 838 miles of bookshelves.  The collection, in more than 470 languages, includes books & other print materials, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music & manuscripts.  One reason the Library is so enormous is because it’s the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, so the collection is continually growing as […]

D.C. Trip Day 1: Library of Congress

Most visitor guides for Washington, D.C. state that it would take 2 weeks to visit every monument, museum & historical site in the metro area.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t have 2 weeks to spend visiting the D.C. area, which is the scenario we found ourselves in recently.  We are proud to tell you that if you only have 3 days instead of 2 weeks, you can still see all (or most) of what there is to see in Washington, D.C. area.  But be prepared to hustle!!! Warning:  This is a fairly long post due to all the amazing sights […]

Rollin’ Through D.C.

The tagline for Frost Bites of Life is “A family blog about everything…and nothing…and whatever falls in between.”  Well, this post fits squarely in the “Nothing” category.  If you follow Frost Bites of Life, then you might have noticed that there haven’t been very many posts this summer.  Actually, there’s only been one so far.  When I first started this blog, I wondered if I would be able to write enough new (& interesting) posts to support a blog & it appears that I’ve come to the point where my creativity has stalled.  That’s not exactly true, I still have […]

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