Early start this morning so we could catch the bus, then the rail, and still get to Constitution Avenue in time to find seats for the parade. Ralph talked me into taking our portable chairs. Am I glad he did!! We got seats at Constitution and 9th; we were right past the TV stands. The parade will be broadcast sometime between April 21 and May 20 so be on the lookout!
Ralph took about 300 photos which I will post later. Right now we're resting up for the DC after Dark tour which leaves the campground in an hour and a half. We won't get back from that until 11PM or so.
If you're planning a trip to DC, please allow twice the time you think you need. We could use a day of rest in between our visits to the museums, etc.
Sure enough it was after 11PM when we got back. The tour was somewhat of a disappointment; the stops we made didn't allow time to do more than race to the monument, take photos, and rush back to the bus. Couldn't take pictures from inside because of the reflections. The driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining but we couldn't always understand him. But all in all, we did enjoy the experience. The women sitting in front of us were a riot! We had a blast talking and joking with them. So all in all it was a good time.
What impressed me most?
The Jefferson Memorial at night
The FDR memorial -
I had no idea of the size: it's the length of four football fields and covers 7.5 acres. It needs more illumination, tho; we couldn't read all the quotes.
The Korean Memorial - it's eerie, seeing those 38 soldiers walking through a field. It was amazing how quiet everyone there was. That's what it does to you.
The Iwo Jima Memorial - there's an optical illusion as you ride around the monument - the flag appears to move to a vertical position.