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Oct 19, 2019 - Washington DC

Today we were at the Smithsonian Castle at 9a when it opened. This building, while it does tours, is mainly administration for all the satellite museums. In one wing called the Treasure House, samples of items from all the other museums are here. We spent an hour there perusing the treasures from moon rocks to black widow spiders and beautiful butterflies. By 10a we were at the air and space museum....just as it opened. Here we opted to take a tour as it touched on the highlights. We revisited the first moonwalk, saw Neil Armstrong's...

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Oct 18, 2019 - Washington DC

We awoke to a beautiful sunrise and a day of glorious sunshine. We took a route through Elizabeth City, hwy 58 around Elizabeth City and rte 13 to Suffolk. From there we headed to Richmond Virginia stopping at Wakefield enroute. Here we stopped at a peanut plant to see how peanuts were processed. We saw the bins they were collected in, silos they were stored in and a video on the whole process from planting, picking (harvested with a harvester), sold to processing plants, shelled, heated, graded, and packaged. At this shop pecans and...

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May 31, 2019 - Land of The Free Because Of The Brave-Happy Memorial Day

First off, apologies for the lapse in updating our travels….time just got away from me so now time for catch up. We stopped for a few days at Naval Weapons Station Cheatham after leaving Elizabeth City on our way to the Washington, DC area. The reason for our stop in DC was two-fold; I had promised to watch Kaia in Texas while Kelli and Dan attended a music festival in Las Vegas. Brandon had asked us to meet him in DC upon the end of his motorcycle ride from California to Washington, DC as a part of “Run For The Wall”, an annual event that...

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May 26, 2019 - Rolling Thunder, Washington, D.C (24-27 May 2019)

And it has begun -- Rolling Thunder 2019 and the very last national Rolling Thunder. I'm happy as all get out to be here for the final run. Here's the schedule for Rolling Thunder XXXII Friday, May 24th 5 PM - Washington National Cathedral - 'Blessing of the Bikes' 9 PM - Candle Light Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Saturday, May 25th 9 AM- 9 PM Thunder Alley The official vendor site for Rolling Thunder XXXII is on 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Official Rolling Thunder patches, pins and T-shirts are on sale in...

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May 17, 2019 - Washington

Drove south a bit and caught the commuter rail into DC. Checked out the monuments, historic buildings and even went into the newly opened spy museum. Wasn't able to go the the White House since the guy living there was heading somewhere in a helicopter. Roads were closed near it and we saw government snipers on the roof. Traffic was slammed so our hop on hop off double decker bus couldn't go near. We will head back in a few days to explore the museums.

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May 1, 2019 - Introduction To Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. However, it did not always hold that position. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital of the new United States and the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. In 1800 the U.S. government was moved to Washington. Land was incorporated from Maryland and Virginia and was called the District of Columbia, later named Washington D.C. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Washington evolved into the grand city intended by its planners nearly a century before. Wide...

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Washington D.C. 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - Cherry Blossom Parade

It's difficult to predict when the cherry blossoms will be at their peak. We understand that we got here about a week late, and when we arrived cherry blossom celebratory activities were going great guns. The party lasts about three weeks; cherry blossoms are a great excuse to celebrate. The Cherry Blossom parade closed down Constitution Avenue from about 700 to 1600 and there were viewing stands at both ends. We could have found spots to sit on the curb along the parade route, but were glad we bought tickets for the stands, because these...

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Apr 12, 2019 - living history

Every so often you hear about an item that is significant in our culture like Archie Bunker's easy chair being sent to the Smithsonian, to the American History Museum to be specific. When you hear the name: The American History Museum, you think about exhibits about our founding fathers, westward expansion into Indian lands, war, war, war. While the museum has many exhibits that cover these parts of our country's history, we found ourselves walking and laughing and walking and laughing as we passed one exhibit after another with showcases...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Smithsonian

An English science nerd named James Smithson who never came to the US, wrote a draft of his Last Will and Testament in 1826 in London, only three years before he died. The will left his estate which he had inherited to his nephew, and stated that if his nephew died without an heir, the money would go "to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." After his nephew died without an heir, Smithson's estate did come to the...

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Apr 10, 2019 - learning and remembering

Washington D.C. is a city of museums. Many of them are part of the Smithsonian group: eleven of the twenty located on the National Mall. Because they all are free to visit, it can be hard for a "for fee" museum to establish a toehold here. I've been reading wonderful things about the private Newsmeum that was established here in 2008 by the owner of the USA Today. I was sad to read that it would be closed/moving sometime this year and was glad that it was still open today. This 6-story building showcases the First Amendment on a 75 foot...

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Apr 9, 2019 - doing the tourist thing

Washington DC wrestles with its important role as the capital of our country and all the tourists that come to see what that's all about. From our experiences today, I would say they have done a good job. The subway we took today was clean, comfortable and affordable. As geezers we paid $2 to be brought right to the edge of the Mall, where much of the action is. Most of the major monuments and branches of the Smithsonian are around its perimeter. It's a two mile walk from one end to the other and we wanted to go somewhat farther to the...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Ready To Go!

And we’re off! Maria is driving and picked me up about noon. There were early reports of an accident on I-81 so we chose a relaxing drive on Rt 33 and Rt 29. Enjoyed seafood at Blue Ridge Seafood for lunch just to make Nancy and Bob a bit jealous - they insist they are going with us vicariously! We are using the park-and-fly program at the Hampton Inn near Dulles Airport overnight and will leave the car there during the trip. The hotel will shuttle us to the airport at 4:00 AM for our 6:40 flight. It will be a very short night! My suitcase...

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