Washington Day Three

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Howdy folks,

By our third day in Washington we were pretty tired and were glad that it was a Saturday so that we wouldn't have to rush into the city. We didn't leave until 10am after a pancake breakfast. Our destination was Arlington National Cemetary across the Potomac River from Washington and we were able to catch the Metro there right out the front. We had the choice of either doing a walking tour or jumping on a shuttle for $8.50 which took you to the three major stops. We were feeling tired, so we caught the shuttle.

Our first stop was the Kennedy graveyards and John F Kennedy had gravesite next to his wife Jacqueline and the eternal flame. A bit further down was Robert Kennedy's grave and recently Ted Kennedy's. It is definitely the big drawcard of the cemetary and there was a constant stream of people taking photos. We jumped back onto the shuttle and headed to the Tomb of the Unknowns, but we had a bit of time before the changing of the guard so we had a look at the Space Shuttle Memorials for Challenger and Columbia. In summer every half an hour, the guards ceremonially change shifts which makes a change from slowly walking back and forth and clicking their heels together. An officer announced that it would be a silent ceremony and for everyone to stand up while he inspected the new guard's rifle and uniform before he changed over. It was well rehersed and the tourists loved it.

We walked down to the bottom of the graveyards around it and saw the grave of Joe Louis the boxer, but didn't find General James Doolittle or Lee Marvin the actor. We returned to get picked up and passed by the Civil War Graves to the Arlington House at the top of the Kennedy graves where there is a memorial to the Lockerbie Bombing. By the time we got back to the Visitor Centre it was 1pm and we were ready for lunch. There wasn't a cafe there so we had to catch the Metro back into the city and as we looked around for a cafe we passed Ford's Theatre where Lincoln was shot as well as the house across the street where he died the next morning. Nearby was a cafe called Lincoln's Waffles so we stopped in there for Corned Beef Hash and a Salad which wasn't bad, but no waffles.

After lunch, we walked past the FBI building to the Old Post Office which had an observation deck in the clock tower so we took the glass elevator up the centre plaza to the top. There we had a pretty good view of the Capitol building and the Washington Monument. Our last stop of the day was the Museum of American History which wasn't as great as we were expecting. I really wanted to see some history of Lewis and Clark, but there was just one paragraph. There was an interesting section on transportation and American culture, but that was about it.

It was past 5pm, so we jumped on the Metro back to the car and drove back for dinner. We played a game of Catan which we hadn't done for a very long time and we donated the game to the Slaters. They enjoyed it as most people do and it was good to see it go to a good home.
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