Trip Start Jun 15, 2003
9Trip End Jul 11, 2003
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I went for dinner at 11Pm at the ESPN bar and enjoyed a gigantic leather recliner with a gigantic beverage.
I had an AMAZING Independence Day in my nation's capital. I met 4 new friends from England and one from Ireland (Nick, Aidan, Niki, Shu and Kirstie. At 11AM we went to watch a July 4th parade. Then we hung out at the National Mall (the lawn between the Lincoln and Washington Monuments) with thousands of people in an all day festival. At 9:10PM and 20 minute fireworks display began. It was an amazing display to see fireworks with the Lincoln Monument and a full moon as the backdrop. At 11PM we went for dinner in Chinatown.
On July 5th I drove to Arlington National Cemetery. I saw the Arlington House (Robert E Lee's former home), Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, mast of the USS Maine, a memorial to the 1986 space shuttle crew, and the graves of Joe Louis and JFK.
Later I continued driving the George Washington Memorial Parkway and saw the US Marine Corps War Memorial and the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove.
From there I drove to Clara Barton National Historic Site and viewed the 38-room house that was the Red Cross HQ from 1987-1904.
Then I drove by Theodore Roosevelt Island, Glen Echo and Great Falls Park.
Jefferson Memorial and FDR Memorial.
Had dinner with Nck, Niki, Aidan and Chris.
On July 6th I drove to Rock Creek Park and then Mary McLeod Bethune National Historic Site.which honored the lady that worked hard for human rights. Later I visited the visitor center for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park and the Potamic Heritage NST. In the afternoon I went to Barnes and Noble and relaxed with a book for a couple of hours. From there I went to visit the Old Stone House which was an original home built in
1765. Next I went to the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site to view a film on the man and tour his home.
At night I went for curry and cards with Nick, Aidan and Niki.
On July 7th I hung out with Niki and Aidan. We went to the International Spy Museum. This museum was a ton of fun to play in! Later we walked by the Capitol and then toured the National Air and Space Museum. At night we all got together for dinner and cards.
On July 8th I took a tour of the White House and had my own special tour guide just for me. First we entered the East Room which is used for receptions. Then we crossed through the Entrance room and into the State Dining Room, Red Room, Blue Room and Green
Room. At 1:30PM I toured the Eisenhower Executive Building that housed all government offices, the Vice President's office, the First Lady's office, 3 libraries, Homeland Security, White House Staff, National Security Council and even former president Nixon's desk that
contained the Watergate tapes. At night I went out for drinks with Nick to Georgetown.
On July 9th I went to the 12th floor of the Old Post Office for another 360* view of DC. After I walked to the Sewall-Belmont House NHS, but unfortunately it was closed.
After I took tours of the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. From there I walked to the National Gallery of Art to view Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Degas,
Lichtenstein, VanGoogh and Warhol works.
At 8Pm I had the hilight of my trip when I got a VIP tour of the West Wing of the White House. It was a thrill and honor to see the Oval Office (it had a gold rug instead of a blue one!). I also saw the Press Room, Rose Garden, Roosevelt Room, Cabinet Meeting Room,
Navy Mess Hall, and a remaining burnt mark on part of the house from the War of 1812, and finally the outer door to the Situation Room.
On July 10th I walked to Elipse Park and saw the Boy Scout Monument. I strolled past the Department of the Interior to visit the Vietnam, Korean War and Lincoln Memorials. I read for acouple of hours on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.