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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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Dec 24, 2007 - Free in Washington, USA

The White House, rows of monuments dedicated to remembering war ( The country has existed for 235 years and been in some kind of war for 209 years!), clean streets and the Australian embassy had Santa in board shorts, riding a surfboard led by kangaroos. That was the highlight of the trip - oh the FBI building, but at the end of the day they are just dull buildings surrounded by stories commemorating warfare and the need for violence to restore peace. And the snipers on the White House weirded me out - gun culture is very much a part of...

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Esha's World

Dec 1, 2007 - Leaving DC

Saturday: Finished loading the car between 6 and 7 a.m. It took me two car loads to move my stuff into this apartment only two months ago and I fit it all into one car load -- with some difficulty -- for this journey. I took Georgia on one final neighborhood walk around Capitol Hill with a stop for coffee at our favorite dog-friendly coffee spot and just a half-block from returning to the car, Georgia was jumped and tackled by a snarling Pekingese who had slipped through the fence. After a brief skirmish (the other dogs owner insisting that...

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Nov 13, 2007 - Washington, DC

Central Washington DC and the Federal Triangle were convenient to us via The METRO. It is the same system as the one used in San Francisco, BART. The bus to the Metro station from our campground in College Park, MD was not so great. The closest station is only 2-3 miles away, but the bus that goes there from Cherry Hill RV Park winds around for 30 minutes and you end up at a station a few miles further away. We took it ONCE. Decie had never been to DC and Judy hadn't been since Kennedy was President. We took them to see the monuments and...

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Full Timing from CA

Nov 12, 2007 - Daytrip to Washington, DC

The office is open this morning, we pay for 2 nights and get information how to get to Washington, DC and some maps of the town. The lady at the reception tells us it is best to get there with the metro; the parking area is about 20 minutes away. We look over the maps and information in the truck and decide to drive into town and take our chances. We are hoping that because today is Veterans Day, the traffic will be less with people taking the day off or having the day off. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the outskirts of Washington on...

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Nov 4, 2007 - Mr. Bush's House

While in Hagerstown, we made some great friends! We met Gayle and Eddy during the end of our stay at the KOA. They came in from upstate New York and are also living the RV lifestyle on the road with their daughter, Abigayle. We had alot of fun hanging out with them and getting to know each other. We had so much in common that it was almost scary! We decided to take the kids on a field trip to Washington D.C. Gayle made up a great Scavenger Hunt for the kids and they had a blast touring the city trying to find the answers to all the...

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FOUR HAPPY TRAVELERS

Nov 3, 2007 - Mt.Vernon,Virginia / Washington D.C.

FRI 10/26. We arrived in Reston, Virginia to, of course, rain that lasted through Saturday night. Sunday was pretty nice so we decided to drive the 44 miles to "Mt. Vernon", George and Martha Washington's home. We opted for the guided tour of the home as there are many things to see on the plantation. The home is beautifully constructed with many different woods and finishes. Their choice of colors left much to be desired but it worked for them. The outside was finished in a process he called "resurfacing". The bare wood was coated with...

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Nov 3, 2007 - DC Chronicles

I found out last year that our annual family reunion would take place in Washington, DC. I was immediately excited and started gathering information on hotels and sightseeing tours. I've been to DC before as youngster and again while I was in college. The first time I went I remember taking a picture in front of the White House, pigtails and all. While in college, I traveled to DC to attend Howard University's homecoming. So, I was very excited for another opportunity to see DC and everything it has to offer. Since it was a reunion, I knew...

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JOUJOU72

Oct 16, 2007 - Washington DC

10/15 - 10/21 It took us two days to drive from Lebanon, Ohio to Washington DC (about a 500 mile trip). We continued our drive along US 50 so the only section we have not covered is from DC to Ocean City, Maryland. We slept under a Red Roof in Parkersburg, WV on the way. We spent six days at Ken's (son Ken) "walk-down" apartment in NE Washington. He lives in a very nice neighborhood only a mile from Capital Hill. While our son was on a trip to New Mexico we babysat his dog and toured the area. While we were in DC: >we visited the...

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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...

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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...

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