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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 - Washington, DC

HEYYY, I'm Jainan. I stole my mom's computer! ;) Just kidding (maybe). Okay Washington,DC. We were at DC for 4 nights, 3 days. On the first day we took a Grayline tour of DC just so we could get our bearings, and see the best places to visit. We got a great tour of the Capitol,we saw a glimpse of the White House(The whole area was shut down because the president had just left.) We saw a lot of various war memorials, and memorials to people. We saw the president's motorcade. We visited the Library of Congress for 15 minutes (at least 10 of...

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East Loop Trip 2015

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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Jun 18, 2015 - Washington, DC #3

Today was my last day in Washington, DC. Thankfully, there was lots of cloud cover today combined with a good rain last night for a little bit cooler day today. My first stop was the Smithsonian American History Museum. Inside there was the COMPLETE ORIGINAL kitchen of Julia Child. The only thing that was a replica was the linoleum floor. They had all her original appliances, cooking utensils & pans...everything. It was set up exactly like her television show. One thing I noticed that surprised me was she had several cat things: a painting...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Jun 18, 2015 - Washington D.C.

If there is one thing I learned in Washington, D.C., it's that our government is WAY TOO BIG. There are hundreds of multi-story, several city block-long-and-wide buildings, all populated by government employees. All of them, it appears, live outside the beltway and commute by rail..... I know because we rode the trains with them. At first, traveling by rail and subway was daunting, but be the end of our five day foray into the city, we were old hands at it. The city, like most cities, is large, dirty, smelly, and full of noise - but the...

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Jun 17, 2015 - U S Capitol Tour

Larry, Debbie, and I were treated to a very personal tour of the US Capitol by our Senator, Patti Murray (D-WA.) Only a day or two before our foray into the city, I found out that one needed to schedule tours months in advance through one's senator. Never to be intimidated by the rules, I e-mailed a letter to her office, and the next day, we were booked on a tour at noon, meeting an intern Gisele, at Senator Murray's office in the Randall Senate Building. Though we did not get to meet the senator, we spent some time in her office suite...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Washington, DC #2

Today I again rode the Metrorail into DC for a second day of sightseeing. It was especially hot and humid since there was no cloud cover. At one point my phone said it was 95 but the heat index was 100. It felt every bit of that and much worse when I was in the sun. At one point I went into a restroom and when I went to wash my hands I noticed how red my face was. It looked like I was really sunburned, but I was just overheated. Later in the afternoon around 4:00 I was just ready to get back to some air conditioning. On the 2nd day of my...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Jun 15, 2015 - Washington, DC #1

Today I rode the Metro Rail into Washington, D.C., and it was quite the experience. When I first emerged from the subway, I had no idea which way was north. So even though I had a good city map with all the landmarks on it I had no idea which way to head out. Finally I remembered that my smart phone has a compass app, so I used that to get my bearings. My first order of business was to find the visitor center for the 2-day trolley tour I had paid for the night before. I then took a 90-minute tour of a part of the city that included the...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Jun 14, 2015 - Camden Yards

Our fifth baseball park on this trip was Camden Yards - specifically called Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It was short drive via the freeway into Baltimore on a lovely, muggy Sunday afternoon. I had done my research, so we were seated in the shady ares of the park, and that was a blessing on a horribly humid day. These teo desert poeple are just NOT used to this weather. I seemed to be the only one dripping with sweat, so I guess people who live here don't feel it. Orioles lost to the hated Yankees 5-3 as the fans cheerily 'Booed" A-Rod...

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May 26, 2015 - Last full day in DC

5-26-15 Last full day in DC We left for our last full day in DC with the confidence of knowing where we were going and how we would get there. Riding the Metro has now become a grind. We have become very urbanized. Just kidding, we are still having fun, the novelty has not worn off for us yet. We arrived in town around 11AM with the idea we would first visit the “Newseum" then the Museum of American History. We were fools to think this plan would work. We stayed in the Newseum unit it closed at 5PM. Oh well, we have plenty left to see next...

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