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Jul 3, 2013 - Washington DC -- We made it!
The rain has finally stopped. Today actually became too hot and sunny for me. I guess I am never satisfied! Anyway, we got in yesterday, but due to the weather, and the sorry internet connection, I couldn't update this. I am still having problems updating with pictures so I may just end up with a lot at the very end. This campground is very different. It is clean and well maintained, but the spaces are WAY too short. I don't see how some of the larger campers could safely stay here. We are almost touching the road on both ends of the...Jump to full entry
Jun 7, 2013 - Washington, DC!!!!
We have been staying at the Capital Yacht Club in Washington, DC. Established in 1892.....mostly motor boats with a little community of people who live on board permanently. Walking distance to Downtown and right next door to the Seafood Market! Great location and very friendly club. It was raining and pretty miserable when we got to DC so we thought it would be easier to eat on the boat. I thought I would take a look at the Seafood Market......what an experience. There a long line of people waiting but I could not figure out what they...Jump to full entry
Jun 5, 2013 - Wonderful visit to our nations capital
We spent three days in the Capital. Two at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. The third day we walked around the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House and Georgetown and Georgetown University! We also spent a day at George Washington's plantation home of Mount Vernon. He had 8000 acres. It was very interesting. He was a progressive farmer for the times and also made substantial money by his workers netting fish during their spawning runs up the Hudson River!!...Jump to full entry
May 16, 2013 - Washington, D.C.
5/15/13, Wednesday We got on Skyline Drive which runs 105 miles through the Shenandoah National Park this morning. (It is essentially a continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway.) The Appalachian Trail continues along this road too. More gorgeous views of valleys and mountains but not as much water. The speed limit is only 35 and it is VERY winding so one cannot even hit 35 in many places (at least in a motorhome towing a jeep). So we got off the Skyline after about 40 miles and moved to the freeway. We took the freeway all the way into...Jump to full entry
Apr 29, 2013 - April - 29th Last day in DC
Monday was our last full day in DC. We've saw most everything on our list and then some. Think we will head south towards Williamsburg, VA and spend a few days. It was rainy and cool all day Monday. We both are having some sinus/allergy issues as everything is blooming here and the weather didn't help. Stayed in most of the day but then drove downtown to visit the monuments at night. You can actually park within a few blocks of the Lincoln Memorial, so we put on our coats, rain gear and grabbed my camera bag and headed out. Fairly small...Jump to full entry
Apr 28, 2013 - Sunday - April 28th
Today we took the metro over near Georgetown to tour the Kennedy Center. A lovely volunteer escorted us around to the various concert halls and reception areas. The furnishings and art work, throughout the center, have been given as gifts to the center in support of the arts, by many different countries. One, of several halls/theaters was being prepped for the upcoming presentation of Show Boat. We saw two of the private boxes, used by the sitting President during performances. There is a great view of Washington Harbor, the Potomac River,...Jump to full entry
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....Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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.Jump to full entry
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. ...Jump to full entry