Planes, trains, automobiles, a boat, & a giant wheel – whew!

Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod flew in from South Dakota to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. Here’s a photo of Noah anxiously awaiting their arrival. They were in the second plane.

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On their first full day here, Grandma and Grandpa took Noah on the water taxi from Old Town Alexandria across the Potomac River to National Harbor, Maryland.

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So what did they do when they docked? They rode the Capital Wheel! They were in gondola #3.

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They of course had to take a photo of us watching them from below…

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This was Noah’s third time on the wheel – he’s a pro now! And don’t let Grandma fool you; she had a great time (though maybe a little squeamish). Come on, 185 feet isn’t really that high!

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We had to check out the Peeps car while we were at National Harbor too.  Cheese!

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The next day, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod took Noah on an Amtrak train from DC’s Union Station to Baltimore’s Penn Station. Ryan and I drove up to meet them…and even with a head start, they still beat us! Pesky DC traffic…

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After a quick lunch, we all went to the Baltimore & Ohio (B & O) Railroad Museum. Here’s a quick background: The B & O Railroad was started in 1829 and is known for many firsts in America’s history. The company built the first commercial long-distance track and the first passenger station. It also operated the first American-built steam locomotive and had the first air conditioned train. Pretty cool!

OK, back to the present…

The museum spans 40 acres – yep, lots of space for lots of trains! We saw many B & O locomotives in the museum’s large round house and rail yard. There were quite a few trains from the Chesapeake & Ohio and Western Maryland railroads too. Noah’s favorite trains were the ones we could walk through – all aboard!

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We also saw lots of railroad tools, uniforms, and other memorabilia. And of course, there were plenty of model trains and toy trains too!

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We didn’t have time to explore all the trains and exhibits (there was A LOT to see), so we definitely plan to visit again.

Later that week, we took Grandma and Grandpa to Gravelly Point to watch the airplanes take off and land at National Airport. This is one of Noah’s favorite outdoor activities. We saw a dozen or so planes take off and land while we were there. We saw Airbus jets, Boeing jets, and smaller regional jets. It was cold out – burrrrr – but planes are too cool to miss. Check it out!

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Notice the Washington Monument in the background in he photo above.

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The only mode of transportation that Noah didn’t get to enjoy with Grandma and Grandpa was the bus. We’ll save that excitement for next time!

Stay tuned for more on Noah’s recent adventures with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod…

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