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Oct 14, 2009 - South Africa Trip 2009 starts.
Well we were up at butt crack of dawn this morning and got our precious daughter Candice out of her warm bed early too as she drove us to the airport at 6 am. We actually got up at 4:15 because living in the RV we had a few more preparations for our 6 week absence than one would normally have to mess with in a house. All the unglamorous stuff... After we'd taken our showers, Tony and his trusty little flashlight had to go outside in the muggy darkness and flush both tanks, clean out the black tank and load it with chemicals, also turn off...Jump to full entry
Oct 12, 2009 - Philly and Washington
Philadelphia and Washington were two cities that are drenched in American history and have historic areas full of grand buildings. Coming from someone who knows zero American history, Philly was a surprise. Who knew that it had a few more things going for it than the Philly cheese-steak? In the morning we wandered around the historic district and saw important American sights such as the Liberty bell, Franklin’s court and Independence hall. The downtown area was nice- we learnt (from our Jamaican tour trolley driver) that Philadelphia is...Jump to full entry
Oct 1, 2009 - Front Royal, VA - Washington DC
Oct. 1, 2009 Washington, DC Rita and I spent two days visiting Washington, DC. Of course we didn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to seeing all the sights that were of interest to us. I think that a person could spend a month of touring and still not see all of it. Just too much. Decisions have to be made and then made again to tour places like DC for a short time. Sometimes decisions about what to see are made by the proximity to where you are at the moment. There can be lots of walking around even those sites that you do visit....Jump to full entry
Sep 27, 2009 - Washington DC
Washington DC is beautiful, the poeple, the place the history everything is beautiful. I was knackered by the time I got here and decided to just chill. Before that however, I took the tour bus to see the sites, I didnt get off, but I did see everything I wanted, the Capitol, the Whitehouse, the Supreme Court, Union Station, Arlington Cemetary, Washtingon Monument. All very cool. The city itself is super clean (as is NYC) although no high rises. As there is a law that nothing can be taller than the oblisque (sp?). The next day I did a few...Jump to full entry
Sep 25, 2009 - D.C.
Lucked out and was able to get online tonight. Don't know how long it will last but I will post as much as possible. Here we are in beautiful Washington, D.C. The weather was perfect for touring today but it rained last night and was a little humid yesterday. We are staying in a campground where we stayed 3 years ago. It is in a county park with trees, deer, squirrels, geese, and numerous other things. There are lots of birds here but we aren't familiar with any of them. Shilo loves it and keeps her nose to the ground sniffing out the...Jump to full entry
Jul 21, 2009 - Reflecting
Most of you are accustomed to traveling on vacation time. I recall hurrying from point A to point B in the appropriately calculated time. Normally udgeting travel time allows for increased play time. For us that aspect has changed. We now actually enjoy driving from one location to another, stopping spontaneously to savor whatever we see. Ohio's picturesque farmland has captured our attention this AM. The sense of increased population seems to give us a crowded feeling along with time constraints. While looking forward to returning to...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2009 - Wash. DC 7/14 - 18
Tuesday, July 14, 09 We left Delaware and our goal was to find another place to stay before we reach Washington DC. There wasn’t much to be found and we ended up driving right into DC before we knew it. We had reservations starting wed. night, so we thought we would just find the park and see if there was room for us early. If you all are wondering if our GPS is working well and getting us around the answer is, I sure am! We don’t have a GPS, I am GPS – Lynn. John and I thought about one and may or may not invest, but also thought we would...Jump to full entry
Jul 13, 2009 - Climb every mountain
I decided that I should probably make the most of the sunshine and spend today outside. So I took the metro up to the Adams Morgan area of the city and went to the Zoo! Easy enough to find courtesey of my little pocket guide however little pocket guide failed to mention that it was built on a bit of a hill - quite a big hill if you're walking up it in 30 degree heat! It was however a really good zoo and even though it was pretty mobbed with small children they did provide some quite amusing commentary - in front of vulture cage, small boy "...Jump to full entry
Jul 12, 2009 - Sunday in the park with art...
Gorgeous blue sky start although it did mean it was about 30 degrees by 11am. I had a very leisurely breakfast in Starbucks garden and people watched - amazing number of crazy joggers out on a Sunday morning. I probably should be inspired but decided that blueberry muffins and a latte much more fulfilling! My hotel is in Dupont Cicle and is very close to the Phillips collection which has one of the best collections of Impressionist and 19th/20th century art in the world. It was amazing - probably my favourite gallery I've been to. Just...Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2009 - The pursuit of happiness...
Early start as I spent the evening reading my guide book and starting to panic about seeing everything I want to. That meant I arrived at the Capitol pretty much as it opened so walked right into one of the guided tours and felt quite smug when I came out and saw the huge queues! Fairly whistle stop tour of only a couple of the rooms but learnt a few bits of history and managed to disguise the fact that I was British (they kept mentioning the fact that we burnt the building down!) Next was a quick trip round the Library of Congress where I...Jump to full entry
Jul 10, 2009 - One singular sensation
Up early after a pretty good night's sleep (dreaming of business class flat beds!) and headed for some breakfast. Forgotten how big American portions were and ended up with a frittata practically the size of Italy. Good though. (diet can start tomorrow) I then spent a very interesting hour of people watching at Penn station and ended up in conversation with some rather crazy dancers, one of whom has just finished job dancing for Cher in Las Vegas. Much bonding and jazz hands were had. Bizarrely, I also overhead a couple of other people in...Jump to full entry
Jul 7, 2009 - Washington, DC
Hayden and Taylor read all of the Capitol Mysteries series and wanted to go to Washington, DC to visit. Charla booked us into the Marriott Residence Inn that was downtown and we used the Metro to travel around. We toured the Spy Museum, the Udvar-Huzy Center, the zoo, the Capitol, Pentagon, all the Smithsonian Museums, Mount Vernon, and all the monuments. We also rode on the double decker bus and attended serveral concerts by the Navy Bands as well as the Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Monument. We even got to visit our old neighbors, the...Jump to full entry