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Apr 27, 2013 - Friday&Saturday - April 26-27th

Friday we attended a performance of Hello Dolly, downtown, at Fords Theater. Nice performance. Our tickets also got us into the Lincoln Museum in the house where Pres. Lincoln died. We walked around Chinatown and then had an early dinner at a nice restaurant, Clyde's. Saturday, we visited the National Cathedral, somewhere N of Georgetown. We took the metro to, what the tour books say, was the nearest station. We found out that "near" and "nearest" are not necessarily related! We had to walk about a mile and a half to the cathedral....

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Apr 26, 2013 - Getting Radical in DC...Going Underground!

No, not joining the radical underground, just using the most popular and convenient method of travel to get around this great city - the Metro. Park the car and leave the driving to someone else. That's what I'm talking about! Great week here in our Nation's capital! With so much to see and do, it's just hard to fit it all in. We've done a great job of it so far!! The pictures tell the story and it's been a week of exploring and revisiting all those things we've seen and heard over the years. Took some time to wander along "the wall" at the...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Tuesday, April 23 in Wash DC

We had a pretty interesting afternoon in DC. Got to go into the Supreme Court Courtroom to hear a lecture about the process. I discovered how to find out where and when the various Congressional Hearings are held. We attended an Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security hearing and heard Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano defend her budget. Later we attended a Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Hearing to examine drone wars, focusing on the constitutional and counterterrorism...

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Apr 22, 2013 - Monday, April 22 - Library of Congress and Other Stuff

Today we had a 2:45 tour of The Library Of Congress. Rode the Metro to Union Station which is a huge building and had all kinds of shops, restaurants and continuous kinds of activity. It was Earth Day today so there were lots of exhibits. An Army Rock Band was playing as giant bobble head dolls of George Washington and Abe Lincoln danced through the crowd. We visited the Supreme Court building again. As a photographer, I found this particularly interesting. The Supreme Court Building is undergoing an exterior renovation. Rather than...

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Apr 21, 2013 - April 21 - Mt Vernon

We drove down to Mt Vernon, VA today to visit the home of George Washington. Great weather. The farm is about 8000 acres with many fields, gardens, forests and outbuildings. It sits along the Potomac River. It is a privately owned/operated facility and very well run. Here's a few pics.

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Apr 20, 2013 - April 20th - Random Pics

Some more walking around today. Saw the huge building we buy stock in each year (aka Internal Revenue Service). Visited the Smithsonian American History Museum. Lillie liked the display of the First Ladies Inaugural Gowns and their White House China. I found my namesake :). The White House is so blocked off with security that you can only see it from about a block away. ...

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Apr 20, 2013 - April 20th - Lunch and Old Post Office

Got downtown to DC today again about lunchtime. Decided to try the Potbelly Sandwich Works. Great deli sandwiches. Walked up Pennsylvania Ave to the Old Post Office building. This was the first govt building built on Penn Ave a long time back. It was huge! It has an enclosed tower on top (12 floors, and is now the tallest spot to view downtown,as the Washington Monument is closed for repairs. Got some pics of the Capitol, the Wash. Monument and the roof gardens of a building across the street.

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Apr 20, 2013 - April 20th - Saturday

Today, we went back to downtown DC. Weather was brisk (mid 50s and breezy but clear). I'll post some pics of our transportation so granddaughter Kaylee can see how we get around up here. The metro bus picks us up in the RV park and carries us to the nearest metro(subway)station in College Park, MD. Lillie and I each have our own Smartrip Card that is used like a credit card to get on and off the bus or metro. We load the card with money by using a credit card and then just swipe the card at the stations. It costs about $8 each for a...

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Apr 19, 2013 - April 18-19th

I have not posted anything for a couple of days as we decided to slow the pace and not go to downtown DC as the crowds of spring breakers were making it pretty crowded. It has also been pretty stormy here and we didn't want to walk in the rain. Instead, we visited an IKEA store nearby on Thursday. It was a huge, two story store of Swedish furniture and kitchen stuff. It even had it's own restaurant. Lillie said that most of the stuff was cheap and made to be used for a short while (like a college student apartment). I made the only...

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Apr 19, 2013 - In Barry Manilow's words...So Glad We Made It....

Arrived safely at Andrews AFB, Maryland today, after a two day delay caused by a faulty thermostat in the RV. When it gave me the "check engine" and "stop engine" lights just 40 minutes from our destination, thought it best to pull over and let our Emergency Road Service from Good Sam take over. Glad we had it as they covered the road service call and the tow. Good value for what we spent for that program. Ended up getting towed to a dealership, getting there after they had closed, so we spent one night in the coach, and another night in a...

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Apr 17, 2013 - Wednesday, April 17th The Capitol

Today we had a private tour of the Capitol. Before the tour we decided to have lunch in the Longworth Cafeteria in one of the State Representatives Office Buildings. I had heard that this was a neat place to go as many of the staff and Representatives ate lunch there. Good hamburgers and fries! Sat next to a staff member from NJ and another from Penn. Both gave us tips about where to go and how to get around. We had our tour at 2:30 with a young lady (Jessica Sheppard) from Rep Joe Bonner's staff. She had arranged all of our tours but this...

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Apr 16, 2013 - Tuesday, April 16 in Wash DC

Back to downtown DC. Our Congressman's staffer set up tours for us. We toured the National Archives and Printing and Engraving (where they print the money). Also visited some of the Smithsonian museums. Lots of school groups are here on Spring Break trips so some places are crowded. Lots of police presence here, following the Boston Marathon bombing.

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