Washington D.C. 2012-Day 1

This year’s trip for the master’s degree cohort was to Washington, D.C., June 2 – June 10, 2012. 12 participating teachers had a week to explore historic Washington D.C. sites, visit institutions that affect our nation and represent our nation’s history, and get first-hand experience with research centers.

Day 1: Sunday

Early, early, early! We met at the Albuquerque airport around 4:30 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. departure. (No pictures, please!) Did most of us sleep on the way to Washington D.C.? I don’t know. I was asleep before the plane reached cuising altitude.

Once in D.C., we received lunch and an orientation from Close-Up staff members who were facilitating the week’s events and acting as expert guides.

After the orientation to the week and check-in to hotel rooms, nearly everyone hopped on the metro to head to the National Mall for an afternoon of touring monuments. This was an unplanned tour, but since we were there and had an afternoon at our disposal, we figured it would be a lot of fun. Sites visited include the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and more. In groups of 3 to 6, we probably covered about 5 miles.

Pictures from day 1: Click to view larger images, and “go back” to return to this page.

The Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial, with Lincoln looking toward the capital

The Korean War Memorial, depicting a “action shot” of our soldiers

Day 6: White House Visitor Center, Museum of American History

Day 5: Gettysburg

Day 4: Library of Congress, Bureau of Indian Education, Indian Education Policy

Day 3: Mt. Vernon

Day 2: Supreme Court, Capitol Education Center, National Archives, Monument Tour

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation, On-our-own tour of the National Mall

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