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May 19, 2015 - Final Update - at least for this journal

FOBTs, This will be my last update for this trip journal. It is later than initially planned due to my getting the "creeping crud" on the cruise ship. Fortunately, I am almost completely over the sinus infection that the ship-borne respiratory illness morphed into. Due to the aforementioned illness, I had to curtail plans to venture back north to visit some nice people in Vancouver. Alas, those people were also not in town, just some others...okay, okay...I'm kidding. I am sorry that plans to see Barb and Bevin, Penny and Terry, Jan and...

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May 14, 2015 - Back in the USA - not the USSR

FOBTs, I successfully landed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 10 May, concluding my travel by taking a bus down to Seattle, Washington (now you know the reason for the first part of the title). Alas, I remained sick and decided to hit a local health clinic because I thought my malady had turned into a sinus infection. BINGO! Anyway, I finished my journey back to Alexandria, Virginia earlier than planned due to this continued illnesses. Happy to say that the antibiotic seems to be working!!! I'll add some pictures from Vancouver on...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Fish Pedicure

Today my older sister Donna and I went to have my 1st fish pedicure. It was really neat. Would do it again if I had the chance. Got a groupon discount to have this done. Yvonne's Day Spa 8643 Richmond Hwy Alexandria, VA 22309 (703) 799-3708

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Aug 24, 2013 - Mark's First Raw Oyster

I need to make a little "side entry" to my journal to tell you about our son's first taste of a raw oyster. Last night we walked over to "Hank's Oyster Bar" for a bite of dinner. As you can probably tell by my recent journal entries, Mark and Julia are real "foodies" and know all the yummy places to eat in the D.C. area. However, on the walk to Hank's our Mark happened to make mention that although he and Julia had been to Hank's before he had yet to ever try a raw oyster. It was decided by the rest of us (all three of us have had raw...

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Aug 24, 2013 - More Fun With Mark & Julia

Our fun with Mark and Julia continues! We have had such a busy time and enjoyed every moment of it. Dinners out, sights to see, history to learn about, Metro rides, laughter, fun and then more food... what a whirlwind visit of family joy! On Wednesday Julia and I left Willis and Blayde at home (Mark was at work) and we visited the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History. I loved seeing the gowns worn by the First Ladies, the assortment of American history artifacts, Julia Child's kitchen,...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Time With Mark & Julia

We are having a wonderful time with Mark and Julia in the D.C. area! Willis and I arrived here safely on Friday (August 16). Since we arrived just before lunch Julia and I walked into Old Town Alexandria and ate lunch at Nando's while Willis and Blayde had some "unwind" time at home. (We brought Willis lunch so he got a Nando's taste, too.) Friday afternoon was relaxing and fun as we caught up with Julia and waited for Mark to get done with work. After Mark finished work we all went to Taqueria Poblano in Del Ray for some "L.A. Crispy...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Alexandria

Sandy and I left Raleigh this morning and headed up for our spring break trip to Washington, DC. We had lunch in Alexandria then checked in to our hotel, the Courtyard Marriott. After checking in, we took the Metro to Old Town Alexandria and walked up and down King Street from the Metro to the waterfront. We checked out a few shops and had a drink at an Irish pub, then headed back to the hotel. We used the fitness center in the hotel before heading to bed.

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Apr 25, 2010 - 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, DC

We took the Metro ( by now, we are experts at traveling on the Metro) to the Pentagon to see the Memorial to the people who lost their lives in the 9/11/2001 American Airlines Flight 77 crash. The plane crashed into the South West side of the Pentagon. 184 people lost their lives in that terrorist attack at 9:37am. •Rectangular reflecting pools of light glowed from beneath 184 gracefully cantilevered benches, each inscribed with the name of one of the victims. •The benches are arranged in a timeline of the ages of the victims. As we...

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Apr 25, 2010 - Marine Corps War Memorial, VA

Today we drove over to see the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. This is a huge memorial dedicated to all the men & women of the Marine Corps who gave their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. The 32-foot high bronze figures are shown erecting a 60-foot flagpole at the top of Mt Suribachi on Iwo Jima. DO YOU KNOW OR DO YOU CARE.... The island of Iwo Jima belonged to the Japanese. It was strategically located midway between Japan and Marianas islands. It was important to the US to take this island so our bombers did...

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Apr 25, 2010 - Theodore Roosevelt Island and Memorial, VA

After viewing the Pentagon Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial, we also went to see Theodore Roosevelt Island and Monument. This island is located on the Potomac River and only has a walking/jogging path...no cars. It was a nice walk over a bridge and onto the island. At the memorial, there was a statue of Teddy Roosevelt and several tall carved marble plaques. Engraved on these plaques were various quotes made by Teddy Roosevelt. ....(gene) GOD'S PROMISE FOR TODAY: GOD IS EVERYTHING "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Alexandria, VA

It's another beautiful day in America. Today we went to the Post Office to pick up our mail, visited the Commissary and the Base Exchange. Myles & Vicki have so graciously opened their townhouse to us once again, so we will be staying with them in their apartment for the next week. This is such a wonderful reprieve from our little RV home. Vicki made some ono oxtail soup for dinner....sooo ono! ....(gene & carol) GOD'S PROMISE FOR TODAY: HEARING GOD'S VOICE "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it,...

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Apr 11, 2010 - Mt Vernon - George Washington Mansion, VA

(Gene & Carol writing) Well, I'm sure you've all heard of the story of George Washington "chopping down the cherry tree". When asked who did it, he replied, "Father, I cannot tell a lie.". Well, since we were so close to his estate, we thought we would try to see if there was any truth in that story. So today we went to see George Washington's mansion in Mount Vernon,VA. There was an admission charge of $14 (seniors) to visit the estate and tour the mansion. My sister, Kay paid for our admission. It was quite interesting to tour the...

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