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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...

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2013 USA Trip

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...

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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,...

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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 - 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 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 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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