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Jun 3, 2008 - Washington, DC

We left Candy Hill RV Park and got on the road for Washington, DC. We were less than an hour from DC so decided to stop at the Manassas Battlefield. It was another area of fields where the battle was fought. Not a lot to see and everything is left to the imagination. The history behind the battle is interesting, but to see the battlefield is not that fulfilling. Some of the old buildings are much more interesting. But, our goal is to go to as many national parks that we can. The parks would be much more interesting if they had dummies lying...

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May 26, 2008 - Washington DC

Washington DC is fabulous! The enormity of the buildings, the richness of materials, the carvings, the plantings -- it is far more than your imagination could prepare you for. The Smithsonian Museum buildings line the National Mall, and they are free and open to the public. The newest building, the American Indian Museum , just shouts "Southwest" from the shape (which reminds you of cave dwellings of the Anasazi) to the adobe color. The Arts and Industries Building is simply gorgeous with its spires and round cupolas and stained...

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May 17, 2008 - The Secret History of History

Within the halls of the International Spy Museum, there is a permanent exhibit entitled the Secret History of History. The first picture above depicts the entrance to that exhibit. Within this exhibit, many interesting espionage-related events and characters throughout history are presented to the visitor. It turns out that most major geo-political events that have occurred throughout history have been influenced, in some part, by spies. In every corner of the globe, spies are at work promoting the interests of the forces they work for and...

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May 9, 2008 - Washington DC

Well the bad weather has hit. raining here, but that wont spoil anything. Went on the hop on hop off tour bus. Not sure who all the statues are dedicated to. But Im sure you will recognise some places. This is a very nice city. Well spead around. Big and very clean. My hotel is 4 blocks away from the white house. Im going there today.

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May 1, 2008 - DC, Washington Commandant of the Marine Corps Meeting

As we all go through life we all have experiences that outshine others. Some that are personal like the birth of our children, our wedding day, and graduation from high school or college. Some of the experiences will stay in our mind forever and will bring smiles to our faces when we remember when. On Thursday May 1st I had such an experience that will live with me forever. I was staying in King George, VA with my Marine Corps Buddy Jack and Vera Cornette. I called Paul Broun who is now a Congressman from Georgia about meeting with him and...

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Apr 22, 2008 - DC - monuments, museums and memorials

Washington, DC was always going to be a must-see and it certainly didn't disappoint us. The Americans really know how to build monuments, museums and memorials. We spent three days sightseeing and there was still so much we didn't see. Some highlights included the imposing Lincoln Memorial which from a distance looks like a Greek Temple and inside houses a gigantic marble statue of President Lincoln. Arlington Cemetery was a very solemn place with rolling green slopes covered in row upon row of simple white marble headstones. At the tomb of...

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Apr 15, 2008 - DC # 1

Okay to make a long story short here is the list of things that we saw in DC: 1. Capitol Building 2. US Botanical Gardens 3. Washington Monument 4. Lincoln Monument 5. Korean War Memorial 6. World War II Memorial 5. Navy Memorial 6. Air Force Memorial 7. Jefferson Monument 8. Arlington National Cemetery 9. US Archives 10. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 11. Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space 12. Portrait Museum 13. Holocaust Museum 14. Spy Museum 15. Mount Vernon (technically in VA) 16. Old Town Alexandria (technically in VA) 15....

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Apr 14, 2008 - I got a new passport!

Well, it is official! I have a new passport... so we are on our way to Thailand in the morning! We had a great day in DC today!

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Apr 12, 2008 - Our visit so far to Washington D.C.

Hi again, We have been so busy trying to see everything there is to see in Washington D.C., that I haven't had a chance to post pictures and write about our days in the big city. We have been walking our little legs off everyday. There is so much to see and so little time, but we have been doing our best to see everything. Tuesday we figured out how to get around on the metro system. My father was in town on business, so we managed to make our way over to his hotel to meet him for lunch. It was really great to see him and we had a wonderful...

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Mar 24, 2008 - It's DC!!!

Staying in College Park MD, in an RV park ...June parked the Shasta & I got us tickets for an afternoon tour of DC. Fortunately, they picked us up at the park and took us into the City to meet up with the Grayline Tour. Kind of did an overview of parts of the city, with stops at Arlington Cemetary, including Kennedy Gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers & Changing of the Guards & Lincoln Monument (and War memorials), couldn't drive past the White House as scheduled - I think it was because of the Easter Egg Roll! We were pretty tired by...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Easter Weekend with Casey

Hello all; Casey flew up for Easter weekend and we had a total blast. Of course it was like 5 minutes before she and Gary were picking at each other. UGH, how I've missed it. It was her first time flying, and alone at that, but she's a trooper and did great. Friday night we hit Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Checked out the Aquarium and all the "art" along the harbor. We had dinner at J.Pauls, Gary and I had eaten lunch there before and it was good, but the shrimp tasted like chicken. Go figure. Gary and Casey played on the art sculptures (i'm...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Ready, Set,....

Home Base: Last year we received a surprise offer of early retirement. Even more surprisingly, we decided to accept. Traveling by RV during retirement has been a dream of ours for many years. Deciding to spend our children's inheritance, we began our RV search in earnest. We purchased a 37 foot Tiffin Allegro Bay in mid-December. We leave later this week to pick the RV up from Davis Motorhome Mart in Memphis, Tennessee. Our plan is to spend several days doing the pre-delivery inspection and outfitting the RV. Most importantly we'll have...

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