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May 15, 2009 - Planes and Baseball

A word of warning. If you should ever find yourself visiting the DC area in early May be forewarned that this is the time of year that schools around the country visit. We have run into busloads of middle school aged kids and chaperones everywhere we have visited within the Captial area. Most of these kids have been well behaved. Or as well behaved as thousands of eighth graders can be. That was not the case on our groups attempt to visit the Air & Space Smithsonian which is located on the Mall. Suffice it to say that our visit lasted just...

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May 14, 2009 - A day without Ann

Our day started with Ann saying (pinch your nose and talk) "I can't go today, I'm sick" So, off we went without our fearless leader. Picture it, Ken is in charge!!!!! Our first stop was Arlington National Cemetary. First a little bit of history. Arlington house belonged to the Custis family. Mary Custis was a relative of George and Martha Washington (great granddaughter?). Mary Custis married Robert E. Lee and upon Mary's fathers death she inherited Arlington house. It was Robert and Mary's home at the beginning of the civil war. When...

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May 13, 2009 - More walking...

We are getting pretty familar with the Metro and it's various stops. We actually managed to do a full days worth of sightseeing without doing any back-tracking. We left 'camp' at 0745 again, parked, picked up our free newspapers and hopped on the green line train. After exiting at the Foggy Bottom station we walked, downhill, to the Vietnam Memorial. From the Memorial it was on to the Mall where we split up and arranged to meet back at the cars at 1530 hours. Most of the group spent time finishing up the American History Smithsonian and...

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May 10, 2009 - Washington DC

The last stop on the tour seemed to come around too fast, all of a sudden I realise we’ve only got two nights left together and I’m nearly home! Scary thoughts. Anyway we did the whole Washington thing, exploring the stacks of monuments and museums they have, which were all really interesting. It was strange looking up at some pretty famous sights that you see a million times over in the movies and that. Last night came around too fast and we were all sat in a jazz bar. The music was ace, and the saxophonist came and played at our table...

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Grand Day Out

May 9, 2009 - And again.

We had a scheduled tour of the Treasury Department this morning and arrived just before it was scheduled to start. The problem ended up being we couldn't find it. We found the Treasury Department, we just couldn't find the entrance for the tour. Security sent us to a line that ended up being for the White House tours. While we were waiting in this line there was some type of 'national security issue' which caused everything to be shut down. Needless to say, we didn't take the tour. We did manage to visit the White House visitor center and...

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May 8, 2009 - Back to DC

We have been hitting the road every morning at 0745. This gets us to the local metro station in time to get a parking spot. Once on the Metro we head into DC. Depending on our stop and transfers this trip takes us anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. Today we exited at the Smithsonian stop and ran - OK, Ken and Debby did the running (really an ungainly fast walk) - to the Washington Memorial. They hand out 'same day' tickets and we were hoping to get some. As luck would have it we managed to get 6 tickets for the 3:30 entry ( Bob and Janet Lucas...

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Apr 30, 2009 - Washington DC Final Update

Washington DC Reviewed 4-29-09 Where do you begin to sum up 5 days of touring Washington D.C.? Jim has spent over 8 hours searching through more than 3,000 pictures taken while we visited this great city. The photographs brought back many memories and experiences that we encountered while visiting D.C. and hopefully they are able to speak for themselves, so we will try to capture those in-between moments. When we first dreamed of coming to Washington D.C., we were hoping to take in the blooming of the cherry blossoms. Jim’s knee surgery...

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Apr 24, 2009 - Washington DC 4-24-09

Short and sweet today. We successfully completed the trip from Harrisburg Pennsylvania to Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park, Maryland (Just north of Washington DC). As expected the traffic was bad and few things are more exciting than driving in 6 lanes of traffic at 65 MPH with cars and semi-trucks. Thanks again for your prayers for safety! This afternoon we tested the air-conditioning in the motor home with the outside temperature in the low 80s. Thankfully it has not been effected by the bumpy trip like other portions of out rig. We...

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Apr 21, 2009 - Photographs

Said goodbye to Kate, Paul, Sue and PK - I've had a great time in NY and Boston, thanks guys so much! Now, it's time to get sorted and packed as today I'm heading back to DC by train, ready for flight back to UK on Wednesday evening - arriving UK Thursday morning. (I've been having real problems with my computer this last month, which has prevented me uploading photos ... but I've now fixed the problem ... and will try to upload some of the missing pictures this morning.)

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Apr 8, 2009 - Washington (Part 2)

Today we toured Washington, almost in the spring. We started the day with a two hour bus tour around the city. This is the Cherry Blossom Festival however most of the trees were almost finished flowering. We had lunch at the Old Ebbit Grill in the downtown area. It is a 155 year old restaurant that was the first bar in Washington and had been recommended as a “must do”. After lunch we went the Museum of American History. All of the Smithsonian Museums are free and are amazing. We only scratched the surface by exploring the Transportation...

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Apr 1, 2009 - Washington DC

Jackie and Gordon have agreed to enter the Goofy Challenge again ... so I went on-line and registered myself ... what have I let myself in for?? Still in shock, I took Amtrak from Philadelphia to DC - another good experience of USA trains - and met a very nice teacher knitting in the seat next to me, on her way to a conference - and glad to be travelling without children! I'm staying with Michael in DC - a guy I know from his two stays in Cambridge, first working at USAF Mildenhall and then doing an M Phil in International Relations at...

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Mar 20, 2009 - Washington Dc!!!

Today, Kristina and I went to the Smithsonian National Art Gallery and saw lots of art work including Da Vinci, Monet, Degas, Native American and Modern! It was fab! In the evening, we all went for a burger at Fuddrockers! the food was great but huge!! After, Jenny and I walked into DC and saw the Capitol, Washington Monument, WW2 Memorial and the Whitehouse all lit up. The city at night had a great atmosphere!

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