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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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Apr 15, 2013 - Monday, April 15 in Wash DC

Learning how to navigate our way to and around town. Learned how to buy passes for the bus and metro so we don't have to buy a daily ticket. We visited the American Indian Museum and the Air & Space Museum. Also visited the National Botanical Gardens. ...

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Apr 14, 2013 - First Trip Downtown

Made our first trip from the RV Park to downtown DC. Met a nice couple from France that just bought a motorhome and are touring for 6 months. He spoke NO English. We rode the bus from the RV Park to the Greenbelt Metro Station and got off near the Washington Monument. We walked around most of the monuments around the West end of the Mall and Tidal Basin. The cherry blossoms were beautiful and very large crowds....

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Apr 13, 2013 - Washington, D.C.

It was now March 22, and Therese has to admit that during our trek north, she had misgivings about our timeline. The goal was to get to DC in time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Unfortunately, in order to achieve that goal, we were heading north a month before most snowbirds, and now we know why they stay south until April 1. We pushed through the cold, damp and often rainy days to get to our goal. Even once we arrived in DC, the experts were adjusting their estimate of the timing of the blossoms. We certainly had enough to do...

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