Extended Stay America - Columbia - Columbia Parkway
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... placed outside certain houses. One being a donkey, one being a badger, for example. There wasn't really any explanation of why but we decided that it could be linked to sorority/fraternity houses; my thoughts were that if these were mascots, they could be easily stolen as you know how much American university students like a prank. We were pretty tired by this time and were slightly overheated from the 35 degree Celsius heat and the humidity that we headed back to the hostel ...
... which we're drinking now. A nice old hobo told Terry and I that we looked like a nice couple, which made our day. He wasn't even a beggar.
The downtown area of Washington is clean and open, with lots of security, including helicopters, and very well dressed public servants and office workers. It contrasts greatly with the outer suburbs, and a I'm glad we had the chance to see the whole city.
... I started walking in the other direction... Bless him - he kept saying sorry but I said no harm done and left it at that. I then decided that as disaster had now been averted I would curl up in the only chair in the lounge that looked like it was still surviving the Moth Wars to read my book... next minute that familiar siren sound comes whirling up the street, flashing blue lights go past then stop...they stop, right across a three lane/ ...
... which you have seen so many times on TV or pictures. And now we finally saw it real. The park in front of the house is lovely but otherwise there was nothing else to see except the house. Tours are no longer offered (for saving reasons). We noticed an armed officer on the roof top observing the surroundings through binoculars (how hot must it be up there in full uniform....) ...
Here are some beaches that I found for the first few days of our trip:
Oxnard Beach Park
Hotel: Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge