Hilton Washington DC North Gaithersburg
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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.
We were ready for a day off, so we took it easy and rode around the town on the $1 Circulator Bus. There are several loops, so we did them all, and they go to the outer suburbs where the average people live. The green loop went to the Adams Morgan area, which was heavily Mexican, quite poor, but packed with ethnic restaurants, shops and happy Mexican ...
... and memorials for Vietnam and Korean wars. From a high point in the cemetery, we also got to view the Pentagon, the Lincoln memorial and the currently under reconstruction Washington memorial. After a 2-hour walk around the cemetery, we returned back to Lola looking like a pair of drowned cats. That evening Jim & Nancy kindly treated us to Ethiopian for dinner (which was an great experience in itself) followed by a scenic drive through D.C. to check out ...
... camp schizophrenic.
Luckily things got a bit better when I got to the bar in Union Station. My new host is 82 and hilarious. Our first conversation was about how to split Texas into 5 states to add enough Republicans to the Senate to allow for the entrance of Puerto Rico to the Union, but after that it devolved into such gems as:-
Me: "So where exactly do you live?" Him: "Well, it all started with James I...",
and "How are you ...
... about such things, like ‘how does the South feel about the Civil war?’ but not sure that they would go down as well as they might with our Canadian friends.
The museum has extended opening hours for summer, which is a good thing because we spent the rest of the evening there. By the time we came out, it had cooled somewhat and the evening was perfect for strolling past the Washington Monument (unfortunately covered in scaffolding to repair ...
... than expected....that put a smile on Brads face. Quite an overcast day so far but no rain. Nice green countryside as we head towards St Louis but lots of water laying around and very high rivers. We've been lucky to miss the floods so far. We reached the airport in St Louis on time and bid farewell to Brad and Hugh before checking in and going through yet another border ...
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