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Apr 30, 2016 - Washington, DC

Our 2016 CONUS travels did not start out very well. To begin with, the usual “fairly” easy hop out of Hickam to Travis via a military plane of some sort did not happen this year. We tried for ten days and it just didn’t happen. O.K., so I brought two one-way tickets to Sacramento (better than fighting the traffic from San Francisco). Since we landed at Sac at night I picked up a one-way rental car to Travis, but spent the night at a motel. Arrived at Travis the next day, but because of the delay and instead of having the week of checking...

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Mar 23, 2016 - Washington DC

My next stop was Washington, DC. There aren't many campgrounds right near the city. I booked a stay with one of the only ones that is open in March. It turned out to be a nice campground. The bus stopped directly at the campground and went to the Metro station. Thus, I completely avoided driving my truck into DC. My primary reason for stopping in Washington, DC, was to visit my cousin's daughter. She was still in the hospital recovering from an emergency liver transplant. Her spirits were up and she's hoping to be released from the hospital...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Annapolis & Gettysburg

We were very brave today today & hired a car from Avis. Ji had reserved a mustang with a GPS, but they mucked up the order & we got a Chevvy with no GPS. Anyway, by the time it was all sorted out, it was 9am & we were on the road to Annapolis. We visited the Maryland State House to see the Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman's swords & painting. Darren is a direct descendant of Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, so it was an especially memorable day. (Tench Tilghman was George Washington's military secretary and aide-de-camp & is in the photo...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Baltimore & DC Christmas

Last weekend we loaded Ringo into Winnie to spend a long weekend in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. We parked Winnie at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD. It's convenient to both Baltimore and Washington. The main reason for going was to watch Finn on Saturday while Kyle and Annie went out for lunch and to see the Star Wars movie. While in Baltimore, we went to see the Miracle on 34th St. in Kyle and Annie's neighborhood, Hamden. The home owners on one block of 34th St. go all out to decorate their homes and many allow visitors to...

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2015 Christmas

Dec 18, 2015 - DC in a Day Tour

Big day in Washington- went on an all day tour which started at 8am & finished at 4pm. A bit cooler today, so the thermals came out plus jackets. Started at the U.S. Capitol Building with a 1hr tour, then walked to the Congress library in the Thomas Jefferson Building, where we saw the most amazing Reading Room & the Gutenberg Bible. Then a walk outside the White House ( only way to get a tour of the White House is to get an invitation from your Congressman) Had lunch at the Ronald Reagan food court Visited the Iwo Jima memorial, The...

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Dec 17, 2015 - Washington

Travelled by train - Amtrak- from Philadelphia to Washington today. Wet & cold - more like a Brisbane winter cold than Washington winter cold, if that makes sense. Got in at 1pm. Staying at the Liaison Capitol Hill DC hotel, which is very close to Capitol Hill. As it is wet, we caught a taxi down town to find something to eat. Ji found 5Guys, which is a burger joint that serves the most amazing chips. Darren ordered 2 lots of chips & they put 2 styrofoam cups in a big paper bag, fill the cups & then proceed to half fill the bag. I got Ji to...

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Dec 13, 2015 - Mt Vernon & D.C.

We have been busy the past few days and been getting a work out! Yesterday we went to Mt Vernon, the home of George Washington. It was extremely interesting and had so much to see. We went through the whole house, even the third floor which is usually closed but because this weekend is the anniversary of his death, they opened up the third floor. Martha Washington moved her bedroom up there after George died because the custom of the time was to close off the marital bedroom once a partner dies. I learnt that over the 40 years he owned it,...

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J in the USA!

Dec 11, 2015 - Sobering morning, entertaining evening

We arrived in Washington D.C late yesterday afternoon. The airbnb gods are back on our side and we have very generous, lovely and funny hosts. Sharon picked us up from the train station and even gave us some leftovers for dinner. When I ventured out to return the pizza box, I couldn't believe my eyes. Her house is unlike any house layout I've ever seen and just seemed to go on and on forever. There is even 2 Christmas trees, one just for snowman ornaments and the other for gold and silver ornaments and she said she usually has a third tree...

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J in the USA!

Sep 10, 2015 - What A Disappointment

This was the first time to enter Washington / DC and most likely the last time. The traffic was a mad rush and was glad that we took a ride from the KOA where we were camping into town. The ride was nice and they let us off in front of the Capital building , we would have to be back at this pick up at 5:00 pm. We got all day to walk around the area, got a few places that we would love to see. Lets go see the tidal basin where "TOM HANKS" in Forrest Gump would be in the water at the Vietnam protest between the Washington Monument and Lincoln...

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Jul 24, 2015 - Washington, DC

Glad to see Washington, DC....Glad to leave Washington, DC. Traffic downtown wasn't nearly as bad as the traffic in the outskirts of the city. We took several trips downtown in car, but the best form of transportation was the Metro. It is continually running and barring any unforeseen problem, always on time. We took the Metro downtown the first day and toured the Capitol, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. We thought because we had advance tickets from our local Representative, it would be easier to get in. But, guess what.....we...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Washington DC - Part 1

While staying with friends Connie and Rob we reserved two days for touring DC. We knew that wouldn't be enough to nearly see everything but we figured if we cut out the museums we would at least be able to see the monuments and get a feel for the lay of the area. Both Rob and Connie are familar with DC, in fact Connie's son works there. So with their help we planned our days. Driving in DC is a nightmare as we experienced on the drive to Annapolis so they suggested we take the Virginia Railway Express or VRE, into town. It's a commuter...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Nationals Ballpark

Not much remarkable about Nationals stadium except that we could see the US Capitol and the Washington Monument from our fantastic nosebleed seats. The Nats won it with a first inning pummeling of the Pirates' pitcher, scoring nine runs and batting around. The Pirates gave up some excitement in the top of the ninth with a homer and a couple of base hits to score two runs, but the home team won 9-2. Debbie Baer cam over to spend some time with us in D.C., and even with her fear of heights was able to climb into our upper deck seats with...

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