Washington D.C. Trip

Last summer Chance took his first trip with the Creek Nation.    Chance got to see the Grand Canyon, go white-water rafting, and take a train ride through the mountains near Durango, Colorado.   This summer is a trip to Washington D.C.!!!!!

Let me explain about the Creek Nation.    The Creek Nation is basically an Indian tribe.   The Creek Nation works together with 4-H to sponsor trips for the 4-H kids.     The qualifications for a kid to go on this trip are A) be a 4-H member   B) live in a county that was part of the original Creek nation lands   C)    be a Creek Indian.  

Well, Chance meets all of those qualifications except for one.   He is not Creek Indian.   If he were Creek Indian (he’s Cherokee), he would get to go on this trip FOR FREE.     Because Chance is NOT Creek, we have to pay for his trip.    Even though we have to pay, the price for the trip is ridiculously cheap. 

Thank you to the Creek Nation for thinking of the 4-H youth and investing in the kids in your tribe.    We have heard rumors of a trip to Yellowstone for next year.   My daughter will be old enough to go next summer.

Anyhoo,   Chance is on a trip to our nations capitol.   I asked our extension educator if they needed extra chaperones, but they said no.  Sad smile  

I am a patriot.   I love history.   I can just think about being in The Nation Archives Museum, seeing our nation’s historic documents and become misty-eyed.    I think about what it would be like to stand in front of the Vietnam Wall.   I would wonder if my Dad fought with any of the men who’s name are on the wall.       What would it be like to be in the home of Thomas Jefferson or to see Arlington Cemetery?     I think that if I were in Washington D.C., I would probably cry a lot.    I’m a patriotic bawl bag. 

Let me give you a few of the places that Chance will visit.   I have their agenda for the next 6 days.

Saturday –   Monticello – Jefferson’s  home,    Monument Bus tour

Sunday – National Archives Museum – tour museums

Monday – Gettysburg (Oh how I would love to go to Gettysburg)

Tuesday – Mount Vernon – Arlington National Cemetary

Wednesday –  White House Tour and other Capitol Buildings

Thursday – Free day.   They will be in small groups that will visit different sites.  They can choose what the want to see on this day. 

Friday – Lunch and then prep to leave. 

Saturday – Driving home

I hope Chance takes in the magnitude of his surroundings while he’s in Washington.  He’s a people person and I fear he will be more involved with the people he is with rather than the experience of the trip.   See picture below…

 

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Chance and his friend Kallie.

All of the pictures on this post were taken with Chance’s cell phone.  

 

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Monticello.

Here is a quote by Jefferson.  It is engraved on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.    “God who gave us life gave us liberty.   And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?   Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” 

What a great man.  

 

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Here’s another quote by Jefferson.    “Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.”

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Unfortunately, Chance doesn’t like to text his mother when he’s having fun, so I don’t know the story behind most of these pictures.

 

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I have heard this is a very “emotional” museum to visit. 

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If I were to visit Washington D.C. this would be one of my top 5 places to visit.  

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble to the Constitution

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Lincoln Memorial.    I would so love to see this in person.   The following is probably one of my favorite quotes.   If you read this carefully, you will be astounded by Lincoln’s brilliance. 

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”    –    The Gettysburg address.

 

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And this is Rick.   He is NOT one of our Founding Fathers, but he is the guy who heads up these trips.   He works for the Creek Nation and Oklahoma 4H.   He looks tired.   If I were in Washington D.C. with over 40 teens, I would be tired too. 

There will be another post in the near future about Chance’s Washington trip.  

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