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Oct 10, 2007 - To Washington DC Area
Barb and I were on the road about mid-morning today, heading for the Washington DC area. Upon arriving at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland, we paid for five nights. If we don't see everything we want to see within that period, we'll just extend our stay. We picked up several brochures to help us plan our visit. At 4:00 we attended the very helpful DC orientation session given by an employee. She has been doing this for nine years, so she certainly is knowledgeable. After the session, I went back to the park office to buy a...Jump to full entry
Oct 9, 2007 - Washington, DC
We took a bus tour of Washington which didn't do justice to it at all but it was too hot to be out for both of us. As it turned out we were glad we had not taken a real long tour because we were spent when we got home anyway. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier was the best part. Like the tour spokesman said if you aren't moved by that ceremony you probably should have an examination to see why you aren't alive anymore!! The guard had to ask the crowd to stand but he didn't ask that caps or hats be removed!! People...Jump to full entry
Oct 8, 2007 - Touring the White House (Matthew)
The day we got back from Gettysburg, we drove the RV to Cherry Hill park in College Park, MD, then drove the car into Washington DC. My dad dropped us off at the White House, then parked. We met up in line for the White House tour. You can only get the tours through your senator or representative. We toured part of the White House for about an hour or hour and a half. We were only allowed to tour a small part of it. We saw the east part of the house, including the colored rooms (red, blue, and green). We were the second to last family...Jump to full entry
Oct 4, 2007 - Boys Trip - Washington D.C.
Sitting on South Beach in Miami we really had no idea who's idea it was to leave all that for the historic buildings and monuments of Washington... with tickets booked, however, we reluctantly boarded the plane. As was the case throughout the trip, planning had been minimal and bookings were zero. Once again we lucked out and ended up staying in the middle of town. Washington D.C. exceeded all expectations. We had been warned to steer clear of most of the city, but fortunately, those places recommended were great fun. We headed to the...Jump to full entry
Sep 30, 2007 - Arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport
We arrive at Dulles International Airport. After walking around for 20 minutes to stretch our legs, we head for the Red Carpet Room. We take a couple of hours and rest up at the Red Carpet Room. There we grabbed some coke's and snacks, checked email and make some phone calls. While boarding our flight to London Heathrow, I hear my name being called. What do you know, upgraded to business class again. Can't complain.Jump to full entry
Sep 19, 2007 - Leaving the States
IPOD Inspiration: Clocks by Coldplay Leaving DC I tried to plan out today as much as possible. Packed most of my items in the morning. Scheduled out what I needed to do hour by hour. Why is it when you have to catch a flight or be somewhere important (and on time) that never seems to happen? C-Webb and I had a meeting in the morning. Meeting went well...it also ran about 2 hours late. I left Downtown DC at 3:30 PM. I developed a panic attack as I realized everything I needed to accomplish in 30 minutes. I had to finish packing, grab my...Jump to full entry
Sep 18, 2007 - Traveling - DC
Well, we are sitting in a pub in Washington DC, waiting for our next flight out to Johannesberg, South Africa. Jake says we need to mention that we are drinking beer. :) We board the plane in about 2 hours... so I should have a good charge for my laptop and hopefully enough beer to induce a sleep for the next 12 hr leg of our trip to Jo-berg. Made it to the airport (MSP) this AM despite some rainfall and morning traffic without incident. Flight to DC was uneventful despite Jake's incessant worrying about his bow case showing up. Luckily,...Jump to full entry
Sep 17, 2007 - Day 20 - Millersville, Maryland
Welcome to the first day of Week 4 of my Grand Adventure, I left Gettysburg at 10 am feeling complete after my afternoon/early eve tour of the battlefields and town of Gettysburg as reported last night. I didn't want to leave too early because I knew it would be only two hours to my new home for the week...Millersville Maryland. So, I found a nice family spot for a big breakfast (2+2+2=two sausages, two eggs and two (too big) pancakes), a tour thru the Wal-Mart across the street (new sunglasses to replace the ones that fell off my shirt and...Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2007 - Washington DC - We were there!
Washington DC has been so exciting I can hardly remember what happened before we got here. Everything seems to pale in comparison. As with all big cities, the energy is palpable. As we drove in there were people out riding bycicles, running, walking their dogs and even kayaking. The highways and off ramps are terrifyingly busy and rushed. Everyone seems to know where they're going and how to get there. We had spent the previous week quietly enjoying a state park in Virginia next to Lake Ann. A really lovely park which we basically had to...Jump to full entry
Sep 3, 2007 - Downtown Washington, D.C.
Refreshed from our relaxing three day weekend (hee hee), we set out to see D.C. The first challenge was how to get there. Thankfully, the public transportation system is completely usable here as anyone that has visited this area would know. We checked out the buses to the metro station (one stopped right outside our street) and headed in. We quickly noticed how diverse D.C. is. There are so many nationalities, languages, and dialects mixing together. It's wonderful to see the diversity that is so obviously missing in Colorado (sorry...Jump to full entry
Aug 31, 2007 - DC before Kenya
On Wednesday, the Francois family drove Dave and I to JFK. He was leaving for Russia and I was leaving for a short stay in D.C. It was sad, need I say more? Now I'm back at GW watching all the freshman get settled in and preparing myself to leave tomorrow. I don't really know how I feel about it right now. I'm excited, I'm nervous, I'm sad to leave. I can't believe that I'll wake up tomorrow morning and have a cab whisk me away to the airport. First it's back to N.Y.C, then a 13 hour non-stop to Dubai and a 5 hour hop to Nairobi where I'll...Jump to full entry
Aug 25, 2007 - Washington D.C.
We've found out the hard way that full day tours take too much out of our bodies so we've elected to do 2 half day tours instead. Again, we should have allotted ourselves more time here. We caught a bus at the campground to go to Union Station to pick up our tour bus. On the way, we passed blocks and blocks of outstanding row houses. The streets in some of the areas are so narrow & crowded, I was amazed at the agility of the bus driver in negotiating the passage. Our Gray Line Tour driver was Willy. He was a very nice gentleman though...Jump to full entry