Day 1 in Washington-
We can drive a few miles from the campsite and get the Metro into the city very handy except our metro tickets would not work getting through the barriers, then when we got to L’Enfant Plaza station could not find our way out for ages ( no exit signs). We spent the day walking miles looking at various monuments on route. We saw the Washington Monument, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson & F D Roosevelt. Walked around the Tidal Basin with all the Cherry trees around it, hundreds of people there too packed it was Sunday but we were told it is always like this because of the cherry trees.
We queued for over half an hour to get tickets to visit the Holocaust Museum then came back at our delegated time, interesting, moving & very sad.
It decided to rain on & off through the day so got pretty wet at times.
Drove 25 miles to The Great Falls National Park amazing park to walk in, the falls were brilliant to see and watching the canoe’s struggling against the force of the water. They were abseiling down the rocks to what looked like into the fast running river below, but there was tiny beaches below.
There was a canal system (one of America’s first) along the river years ago so they could get the barges down river past the falls, it was started in 1785 and completed in 1802. During the 26 years it was in operation, flour, corn, whiskey, furs, tobacco, iron ore and timber were poled down the river on flatbeds. Over the years several other works took place to improve the canal system it operated till 1924 but eventually lost out to the railroads.
You could see where the river rises to when the snow melts and looks like it had been quite high recently by the damage along the river walk.
We had to go to Hagerstown today 68 miles away to check out the storage place we had booked for the RV & Car, takes over an hour just to fill in all the paperwork even have to have your finger prints taken there as well. Then onto Funkstown only 2 miles further on to book the Shuttle back to Dulles airport in Washington. We are storing it further up as around Washington it is too expensive. Funkstown had some very quaint houses the town looked like it had stood still in time we also came across a few other towns like this one whilst driving back that day.
Then onto another battlefield Wal likes to visit the ones he has read about, have to say this one was more interesting not from the battlefield point of view but for photography as we also saw Ground Hogs and was stood only 6ft from one they are about 2-2.5ft long. I had seen one before in another state but never seen so many in the same area they were running all over the place and you had to watch that you did not put your foot into their burrows while walking across the fields. This is where we also saw the Red Tailed Hawk.
While at the cemetery we got talking to people whose grandparents & great grandparents came from England it is so interesting finding out where they all come from, spoke to some people the other day who had visited Lyme Regis in their travels.
A LOT MORE PHOTOS TO GO ON TO THIS PAGE, INTERNET IS REALLY BAD WHERE WE ARE WILL TRY AGIN TOMORROW