One interesting thing about living in Northern Virginia is that your friends and family will be motivated to come and visit.
With Washington D.C. just a short drive away (10 – 25 minutes on the weekend) and destinations like the Smithsonian, Air & Space Museum, National Archives or the Cherry Blossoms, who can blame them? On any given week, there are some pretty cool events going on.
On Tuesday, I experienced one of those unique events when Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Knowing that this was a historic event, we kept the kids home from school and headed out to the historic Sully Plantation which offered a great view of the final approach.
The initial flyby of Discovery caught us by surprise as I was taking some photos of the 1750′s plantation house. Since we knew that Discovery had arrived in the area, my wife who is a Fairfax County teacher taking a “personal day”, called her school to alert them. Based on that intel, the school’s Principal ran a required monthly fire drill which got all the kids outside just as the shuttle flew over the area.
Now that’s education!
Living here offers plenty of opportunities to be a part of historic events, or go to historic places that you have only read about. Although we were at Sully Plantation to get a view of the Discovery, I highly recommend taking a tour of it too.
To see all my Space Shuttle Discovery photos on Flickr, click here.