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Jul 28, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
After leaving Arlington, the tour bus took us through Washington. The bus was hop on, hop off so you could get off where you wanted and just pick up another bus 15 minutes later. We saw the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, Vietnam Vets Memorial, Washington Monument, the White House, the Capital and Union Station. Highlight was going to National Archives to view the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and US Constitution. We couldn't miss these--one of our favorite movies is National Treasure! The weather was sunny and...Jump to full entry
Jul 24, 2007 - Finally Ticketed
Last night, around midnight, we finally received the airline tickets for my trip to Guam. There was some confusion because Carol received a ticket to accompany me; they really expected her to have an "open" ticket in which she can select the date for her departure. We settled that issue (hopefully) via e-mail with everyone sending apologies for the confusion all around. It's difficult to believe that this is really happening. It has only been two months since the University of Guam informed me that I had received the appointment, but many...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2007 - Washington D.C.
We always seem to experience "a first" on each leg of our trip, this time it was being banned through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel just outside of Baltimore due to the RV carrying propane. I immediately pulled off the freeway and turned into the nearest gas station to get direction. I had two options: (1) take the beltway around Baltimore which added about thirty miles to the trip or (2) drive through downtown and take a bridge which only added about five miles. So downtown we went until the street signs posted said "No vehicle over 5 tons...Jump to full entry
Jul 7, 2007 - Second Week and Washington
The campers I had in the second week of camp were 4 men, they were pretty good guys. The most annoying part was one of the men was ill and we seemed to spend a lot of our time in the men's bathrooms cleaning him up...I won't go into any details. Anyway, there were a few annoying parts to the week to be honest, but the most annoying was that the campers just wouldn't get enthusiastic about anything. Saturday made up for the week though as there was a trip organised to Washington DC for free! So 19 of us got a minibus at 7am and we were...Jump to full entry
Jul 2, 2007 - Home Sweet Home...for today
Made it safely back to DC...got in last night, went and took my drug test and fingerprints for my new job today, got a $450 repair on my car (nice welcome home present, huh) and went for a ride on my new mountain bike (early birthday present!)...off tomorrow to Chicago so if you are in the area let me know...im in town from the 3rd to the 8th. Jen and I came up with a Top Ten list for our trip....in no particular order (and not exactly 10)... * chirimoyas (custard apples) * bakeries in South America * the Flying Dog Hostel in Lima (very...Jump to full entry
May 13, 2007 - Here's the plan, Stan.....
My time in D.C. has been fun...trips to vegas for an impromtu wedding, virginia beach, appalachian mountains, and many more....but let no moss grow under my feet!! Let the fun begin! I'm in the process of packing my apartment in Alexandria and putting my stuff in storage...have to be out by the end of May...I finish work with the Chief Immigration Judge 6/6 and fly out D.C. to Quito 6/7 where I'll meet my sister. We have until 7/1 to make it to Lima where she heads back to Denver and Im back to D.C...get home the night of 7/1, have my drug...Jump to full entry
May 5, 2007 - Amish Country - Washington DC
Off to Amish Country today. We headed out to Lancaster and not far from the outskirts we knew we were close when we started to see horse and buggy instead of cars, and lots of dairy farms. Every now and then we would see a farmer, wearing jeans, shirt and straw hat working a team of horses in the fields. We knew then that we were in Amish Country. There are two types of Amish - the Mennonites who are a little more liberal, particularly with regard to clothing (jeans/shirts) and the Old Order Amish. The Old Order men wear black pants with...Jump to full entry
May 1, 2007 - Coming up on a Pause
This entry will capture the last leg of the ICW from Georgia to the mid-Chesapeake where we plan to settle in for about six months. Weather for this period was mild, but a bit breezy at times. We tried to continue the practice of anchoring out two of each three days; not just to avoid the slip fees...the sunsets/rises and serenity are well worth the effort to clean up after the muddy chain and anchor. At anchor, Bill usually sleeps in the pilot house so Jean gets a respite from the minor annoyance of his snoring...something that he doesn't...Jump to full entry
May 1, 2007 - Washington DC, The Mall and the Monuments
The Nation's Capital: What a place! We drove into Washington DC with plans on parking at Union Station. By shear luck and Sarah's eagle eye, we happened upon it! Only the monuments and memorials we saw while driving in told us to keep going in the same direction. We used the Old Town Trolley to get us around the sights here. The trolley picked us up at Union Station and dropped us off at whatever stop we wanted. Then we simply reboarded the trolley when we wanted to move to the next place. There's absolutely no way we could see everything...Jump to full entry
Apr 28, 2007 - Arrive Stafford, VA
We finally arrived in Stafford at 6 PM and John's sister drove over to the campground (luckily just 5 minutes from her home)to meet us. Her son Thomas and his girlfriend joined us a bit later and we all enjoyed a yummy chinese dinner. Erin was unable to join us because she was babysitting. John was tires after our long drive and we came back to the coach after dinner.Jump to full entry
Apr 23, 2007 - Goodbye Indiana, Hello India!
Hello all! I just arrived at the Washington DC-Dulles airport via Indianapolis. After walking about a mile to the main terminal and riding on the weirdest-looking shuttle I have ever seen, I finally (and safely) claimed my luggage and am now waiting for the Lufthansa - the airline that's taking us to Germany and on to India - counter to open up. Since they handle only international flights, they open up later in the afternoon. I have about 5 hours to kill before my plane takes off, and I haven't found any of my classmates yet, but I'm...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2007 - Underway
Hi all, As of 10:19 this morning Patti, Scooter, Molly and I took to the Nomadic life style. Our very loose and flexible schedule has us going to Viginia Beach to visit Chris and the Grandchildren. Then it will be on to Harrison Arkansas see Tricia and Nathan. Our plan is to update this site weekly (once we get it going), or sooner if events warrant. We have been planning for this "Great Adventure" for a while. If it is only half as much fun as we anticipate it will be a blast.Jump to full entry