Thursday, May 5, 2011
The last day in Washington. We went to ATF and had a tour of th building. There was a memorial outside the building with those that have been killed and they recently discovered a Native Indian that was involved a long time ago and added him to the wall. It sounds like a really dangerous job. The inside was really pretty, it was all mostly made of glass. The ceiling was plastic so that if there was an explosive it would blow up rather than out. The tour guides talked at each one of the displays in the building. ATF started with the alcohol prohabition. They talked about arson investigations and tobacco. After the displays we saw the auditorium and then talked to three different people. One talked about the history of ATF, bombs, and then the group that is basically a SWAT team. He brought all of his equiptment and explained how it is really similar to what the military would use. He explained what it takes to become someone like him and what he and his team does. After that we walked back to the hotel and had lunch. We waited around until it was time to head back to the airport. Overall the last day went well. We got to tour the ATF and have free time to look around until we left. It was long day of traveling and although the trip was fun, it is also nice to be back.