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... but by a stroke of good fortune we found it was open
until 7:30pm. I plonked Sam into a borrowed wheelchair and we prowled the
corridors and chambers looking at all kinds of creatures and odd looking
minerals until I decided I needed a toilet break. I left Sam under her own
power and went in search of relief.
I returned to find that I lost Sam. Had she been kidnapped?
Had she decided to run off with the trolley ...
So, here we are in the center of it all, imposing, exhilarating, and a bit overwhelming. The traffic coming in was a daunting, and it wasn't even rush hour yet. We're camped outside DC in College Park, an hour away by bus and metro (light rail). Last night we took a tour of the Mall and selected sights to see them all lit up. Nice, especially the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial and Capitol. Today we bussed ...
... and Capitol Hill. We saw the original Supreme Court Chambers, the original House and Senate Chambers. Inside the Capitol Dome was spectacular, the art and statuary in the Capitol is very interesting. We even got passes to sit in the gallery of the House of Representatives. Too bad they weren't in session at the time but it still was awesome to be ...
... inside, however. To do this I would have needed to apply via the Embassy months before coming over, and with very little chance of getting permission. This is the post 9/11 world.
The National Mall is a 3 km strip of parkland extending from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Initially, I walked to the Washington Monument, then on to the WWII memorial, and Reflecting Pool. Past the Reflecting Pool is the Lincoln Memorial, with ...
... fort was also used during the Civil War and all the way up to World War II.
Today was a special day for another reason. We welcomed our new grandson, Everett James Merrill. I am flying home to Arizona on Saturday and was hoping to be there before the birth but he beat me to it. I will be there two weeks while Rich stays here with the RV. He will ...