Sometimes things are great....

Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
Trip End Apr 15, 2012

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With Baillie Locke

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day Three - Mechanicsburg, PA to Washington DC
Stats - 180 KM & 2 Hrs. in car.

 We left the Arnold's this morning knowing our driving on deserted 2 lane black top roads was over at least for the time being. However, the drive into DC area was uneventful and painless. We would be staying with Baillie Locke, who we know from the Saugeen Track Club. Baillie is from Mar, but lives in Arlington, VA where she's a graduate student at Marymount University, and the interim Head Cross Country Coach. She graciously offered us a spot at her apartment to lay our heads for  a couple nights while we explored DC.
We met Baillie at her apartment and set up plans for the day. We first went to Arlington Memorial Cemetery. It is an impressive, somber, inspiring, overwhelming place. From Kennedy's tomb to various tombs of the unknown soldiers from different wars, the most somber thing is the rows upon rows of plain white grave markers that stretch on almost out of site. 
HINT! If you ever go here, don't take pictures of your kids with BIG smiles on their faces in front of grave stones! Find some other way capture the moment.
We left Arlington and moved into DC to check out the National Mall. Not a shopping mall, this is the name of the area surrounding the major buildings and memorials in Washington. Spent about 45 minutes looking for a parking spot - but more on that in another post. 
THE most noticeable building is the Washington Monument, this obelisk towers over everything. We walked past the Skating rink at the sculpture Garden, where people were skating in short sleeves. Did I mention the weather is great? 18 - 20 C.
 We walked to the Mall, and into the Smithsonian Castle, a very impressive building from outside. Inside it is basically their welcome centre, not much else. From here we crossed the mall and headed generally towards the White House, but would save that for tomorrow.
We went back to Baillie's where we met her boyfriend Robert Davis. Robert is with the US Armed Forces and is stationed at Ft. Myer nearby, although he is originally from the Kentucky/Tennessee area. We went out for dinner together and talked away the evening, although it was weird being in a restaurant and smelling smoke! It was a Mediterranean restaurant and Hookah bar - blah! Food was good though.
Tomorrow we head back into DC to see the White House and Smithsonian Natural history museum.
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Don and Carol France on

First thing in the morning we go to your blog while the coffee is brewing and all the dogs in the neighbourhood are "barking" (our wake up call)! How exciting to read about your days on the road. You certainly have planned this adventure so well. Coffee is ready and your new day is about to begin. Enjoy the day!

Darlene DeWolfe on

I;m enjoying your trip , as I read along each day when I trun on the computer . It's exciting to see what you're doing as you travel along your journey .I only wish I could be there . Be safe until next time

love Darkene

Darlene DeWolfe on

I;m enjoying you travels , as I read along on the blog each day when I turn on the computer . It's so exciting , l only wsh I could be there , to experience ithe sites . Be safe until next time .

love Darlene .

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