Wahington D.C.

Trip Start May 29, 2007
Trip End Jul 02, 2007

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

I am writing this entry Thursday morning, and we are already a little bit behind schedule so I will have to keep this pretty brief. So far the driving has been okay, the sight-seeing has been great, but unfortunately we have hit a couple snags in other departments.

The drive to DC wasn't bad it ended up taking us about twelve hours, we hit some commuter traffic, and took a good amount of stops to eat and stretch so all, and only got lost a couple times and not for very long, in all I was happy with our time. About a third of the time either my Dad or myself were sleeping in the car, which made the trip go by faster, I am definitely glad thta I am not driving this leg by myself. The only real issue that popped up was that the driver side passenger seat belt decided to stop working about half-way through the day. After a good nights sleep at a DC Marriot (thanks to Ernest for hooking us up), we brought the car over to a nearby mechanic, who unfortunately couldnt fix the seat belt but fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) discovered that the clutch on my car was reaching the end of its life span.

So with $750 less in my pocket my Dad and I headed off to see as much of DC as we could in the day that we had here. We started out at the National Museum of the American Indian, my Dad being an Archaeologist got a big kick out of the exhibits that focused on the North American artifacts. After that we went to the National Archives to see the Bill of Rights Constitution, and Declaration of Independence. I'm glad I got to see these but there were so many people that it was hard to fully absorb their significance. After leaving the Nat'l archive headed over to the International spy museum which was defintiely a high light, they had all sorts of Cold War era spy equipment, and other assorted espionage artifacts. We had to leave the museum a little bit ear.ly to make sure that we picked up my car in time, which seems to be running a bit smoother, although I still haven't dealt with the damn set belt problem, oh well I am hoping to wrap thta up next week in New Orleans. In the evening we rounded out out 'super-tourist' day by walking around the National Mall and the White house.

So that has been the trip up to know, we are going to head down to Monticello, and then off to a camp ground for the night, I have a bad feeling thta by staying at campgrounds for the next two nights we may not be showering until NO, now that sounds like fun ;) I am also wondering how well I am going to be able to sleep two feet away from the buzz-saw sound that is my Dad's snoring, ha. It should be an adventure though...

Oh yeah I feel like I should add this in to, the night before I lef,t my digital camera fell out of my sweatshirt pocket and into the toilet bowl, so I ended up having to replace that yesterday too, so hopefully (amd I'm knocking on some serious wood here) I won't be running in to anymore bad luck for a while on this trip!
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carolynkos on

Good Luck!
Hey Dan, So San Diego huh? I think the last time we talked it had only an idea.. now its happening. Thats so awesome, you'll have such a great time. Looks like you'll be having fun while travelling too. I just got back from New Orleans last week... although I was there for the drinking.. not so much with helping to build houses... which by the way, you are the total model citizen for doing that. Well I wish you good luck in San Diego and hope you find a cool designing job quickly! All the best,


rkendrick on

Hi Dan
So you are back on the road again and traveling fast it seems. Has you father had any of that 105? If so how did he like it? June 8th I'm going aboard the USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides' and going out for the turn around. It's only for vets my bosses daughter pulled some strings to get us on. Anyway now that I got back on your web site you keep in touch. Richie K.

rkendrick on

USS Constitution
Hi Dan

I spent the day aboard the Constitution it was quite a thing we went out to Battery Island fired a 21 gun salute and on the way back we fired a 19 gun salute to honor the veterans. It was nice Richie K

rkendrick on

Old Ironsides
Went aboard Old Ironsides walked through the ship from top to bottom. Then we went out to Battery Island and gave a 21 gun salute then turned around and headed back to the dock just before we got there fired a 19 gun salute in honor of all the Veterans aboard. It was quite a thrill. The cookout was pretty neat everybody came we got drunk ate lots of food then everybody seemed to go their seperate ways. But it was a nice time. You let me know whats going on with you keep in touch Richie k

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