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Feb 28, 2013 - Great time!

Wow! We had a great time today. As previously mentioned, we met my old Navy friend, David Ferriro, who is now the National Archivist. We met him in his office, remembered old times and caught up on family news for about an hour. He then took us to one of the vaults and showed us amazing things - too numerous to mention here. The first thing he showed us was the original warrant (check) for $7.2 Million to purchase Alaska. That was really something. Then, after showing us a ton of other really neat things, they pulled out the original...

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Dec 28, 2012 - Washington

It was an early start for my first day in DC and thankfully it was beautiful and sunny. I was meeting up with some people that I had met online (don't worry, they weren't strange men and we met in a public space) who lived in the area and wanted to come into the city to show me around. We started with the Washington Memorial and made our way around that area. Unfortunately we couldn't get too close to the memorial itself as it's still unstable after the earthquake in the area from a couple of months ago. We moved onto the Vietnam War...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Diamonds and Independence ... in Washington DC

I finally made it to Washington, the home of so many museums and exhibits and all free!!! From the Declaration of Independence to the Hope Diamond - I saw it all (well a lot of it). The National Archives took me to the original Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Musuem of American History showed me Lincoln's Hat, Mohammed Ali's gloves and dresses of the first ladies. The Natural History Musum amongst other things had the Hope Diamond. A highlight of the visit. Then of course there were the art...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Oct 26, 2012 - Day 103 - Washington, DC

Day Two of our tour. We want to complete three loops of the same tour we did yesterday. We did the main one yesterday. We started out on the yellow loop which covered some of the same stuff we saw yesterday then transferred to the blue loop that took us across the Potomac River to Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. The miles and miles of headstones at Arlington are very sobering, 58,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial and not all are in Arlington. At the Pentagon, we were told not to take pictures as we may lose our cameras. At the transfer...

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The Wandering Nunns

Oct 25, 2012 - Day 102 - Washington, DC

The shuttle bus to Union Station at 7 am made for a 5:30 am alarm clock. We are not used to that anymore. Even Garry has been sleeping past that lately, but we made it to the bus stop, bought our tour tickets and then had to wait for the shuttle. When we got to Union Station we had a hour before our tour started and were able to get breakfast, again. We got places on the tour bus at the front of the upper deck so Garry could take pictures. We decided to take the main loop all the way around and then go back to any places we wanted to see...

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The Wandering Nunns

Oct 24, 2012 - Day 101 - Atlantic City, NJ to Washington, DC

We decided to head to Washington, DC as weather had changed so boardwalk walking was not appealing. We headed out on Atlantic City Parkway and then connected with I95 outside Philedephia and took I295 around Baltimore, Maryland to Cherry Hill RV Park between Baltimore and Washington. When we arrived we were told about a DC travel info session at 4 pm. That gave us time to get some groceries and be back for the session. The info session was very informative about tours, shuttles, trains and buses. We could get a shuttle from the campground...

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The Wandering Nunns

Oct 10, 2012 - Washington, DC Day 3

Started a bit later today. Took a tour of the Arlington National Cemetary and visited the JFK Memorial, flanked by Bobby and Teddy. Teddy is temporarily intered, awaiting the completion of his Memorial. Then to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and witnessed the changing of the guards. Impressive doesn't quite cover it. Then to the Lee Mansion, where Robert E. Lee and his wife lived until the outbreak of the Civil War. Took a drive out to the East Park on the peninsula to find a picnic table for a very late lunch, and the peninsula was about...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Washington, DC Day 2

Made the entries on this day and they disappeared, so will try again. Had a full day. Started the day by taking the METRO into "The District". That is after Pat noticed a great parking place at the station. Then the challenges began with how to get our tickets from this automated machine, then find out how to get thru the gates to the platform, and finally which train to catch. Finally being successful, yeesh!!, we started at the National Museum of American History. Lots of history and Americana: great trains, ships, cars, Julia Childs...

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Oct 8, 2012 - Washington, DC

Hi Sports Fans. Yesterday, on the way to DC, we detoured to Mount Vernon, with the RV in tow. Parking was easy. Roamed the grounds and took the tour of the "mansion", blacksmiths, overseers quarters and the slaves quarters. Beautiful and fascinating. The view overlooking the Potomic is awesome. Today we hit the ground "running". Started the day trying to find a parking space in DC. Being that it was Columbus Day, it was a holiday, so the parking meters were free and the tourists were out in force. Plus it was the first chilly day of the...

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Sep 8, 2012 - Two Days in DC

Our nation’s capitol is about ninety minutes southeast of Gettysburg. We were in Washington, DC twice during our time in Gettysburg. The first time to DC, we drove to Rockville, Maryland and boarded Metro. About forty-five minutes later, we got off Metro and emerged from Union Station. A ten minute walk through Lower Senate Park and we were at the east steps of our nation’s Capitol. We went down into the US Capitol Visitor’s Center. This Center was completed in 2008. It’s under the large paved area in front of the east steps of the...

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Aug 18, 2012 - Washington, D.C.

Our week here in the Nation’s Capital has quickly passed. Later this afternoon we’ll have a “special” bon voyage dinner prepared by Chef David at his home in Bowie, MD. It will provide us some quality time with our Soady children before the final leg (about a month) of this long journey. Tomorrow morning we head to Northern Michigan with a brief overnight stop in the Toledo, OH area. The new tires I purchased on Monday have finally yielded a smooth ride without undo road noise. Hopefully the car maintenance issues are over for a while; a...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Washington DC

Cloudy and warm today. We got up early and had breakfast. We unhooked the camper from the car and drove to the metro station (in Largo, MD). My favorite thing about today was seeing the White House. The metro was fun and went really fast. We went to the spy museum first; it was awesome! We had to pick a spy name for our cover. Mine was Jane Meyer, age 13 from Sweetwater, TN. I was going on vacation to Dublin, Ireland for 7 days. I passed the "knowing your cover" test. I learned that spies are really all around you and you don't really know...

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