A fun weekend with Uncle Chris: Part 1

Two weeks ago Uncle Chris (Noah’s godfather) flew to DC to hang out with Noah for a long weekend. Noah was so excited for Chris’ airplane to land!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThat first afternoon, we took Chris on the water taxi from Old Town Alexandria across the Potomac River to National Harbor, Maryland. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride!

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IMG951225So what did we do at National Harbor? We rode the Capital Wheel!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESGreat views, huh? As you can see, we even got a good view of our water taxi from above. This was Noah’s fourth time on the wheel – he loves it and Chris did too!

Chris and NoahThe next morning we took Chris to Gravelly Point to watch the airplanes take off and land at National Airport. We probably saw twenty planes land in the 45 or so minutes that we were there. They were so close!

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We even saw a plane that had turboprops!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe sky was overcast that day, so we were able to hear the sound of the engines spiral through the clouds – what a cool experience!

Here are two short videos of planes that we saw coming in for landing. As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

We played soccer while we waited for the next plane to fly overhead. Yep, it was another great day to be outside!

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IMG951250After lunch we went to the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA – another one of our favorite local outing spots. Our first stop was the observation tower that gives a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of planes taking off and landing at nearby Dulles International Airport – what a great view!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNext we headed to the space hangar to see the Space Shuttle Discovery. Seeing that will never get old!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSome of the highlights from the aviation hangar were Air France’s Concorde (the first supersonic commuter airliner) and “The Spirit of Texas” helicopter flown by Ross Perot.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe saw many other planes and helicopters too. As you can tell from the photos, they were parked on the ground and suspended from the ceiling – so many planes!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNoah also got to “fly” a Cessna plane like the one that Ryan trained on – so cool!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIf you read this blog frequently, you know that Noah LOVES airplanes and space shuttles. Who doesn’t? So it was fun listening to Noah talk about the planes with Chris.

For better descriptions of Noah’s favorite planes and NASA equipment at the Udvar-Hazy Center, check out our blog post from our first visit…just click on the link. And stay tuned to read more about Noah’s recent adventures with Uncle Chris!

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