Museum/Memorial madness...

Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Steve used to live in the DC area as a wee little lad so we went on a mission to find his childhood home. It was right about then that our GPS crapped out. Fortunately, we had the phone GPS. We found the house. Steve tried to remember where his neighborhood friends lived and then we sent the pictures to share with his family.

Then we took on metro DC. Wow! That city can kill a person from exhaustion!!! We found a good /free parking home off a street in Glover Park and took the Circulator bus into the city every day for a $1. We hit up most of the sites but a week simply is not enough time to see it all! It'd be years before you could take it all in. The beauty of DC is that most of the major sites are free!

My best friend, Jill, and her husband, Chris, came down for a day and we walked all over Georgetown. We spent most of the day eating/walking and Steve and I were knackered. we felt bad that they had to still drive home and pick up the kids! (I'm not so sure we are capable of thinking beyond ourselves right now!)

We also got to meet up with Lyle again. He happened to be visiting the same weekend we were there. As a collective, we had three recommendations to eat at the Old Ebbitt Grill so after a visit at the Space & Air Museum we grabbed a bite to eat. The environment was nice but we only ordered sandwiches so it's hard to find those super impressive.

Lyle told us how his friend picked him up in a Zip car. What's that? We'd never heard of one but later on saw a station in DC. They are cars you rent online for a short period of time. Great for city folks...brilliant!

Rusty was away at DC Dog Camp. We found a girl watching dogs for $18/day so Rusty stayed for eight days and got to play with other dogs. After taking turns at the Raleigh museums, we knew Rusty needed a temp home in order for us to tackle the behemoth DC area.

Our big thing was that we wanted to spend the 4th of July in our nation's Capitol. We accelerated the last two weeks to get here on time and took out a huge chunk of our plans to do so. I'm glad we did this once in our lifetime but once is enough. There wasn't anything particularly more patriotic about celebrating the day here rather then in our own backyard barbecuing with friends and doing our own fireworks. We did see the National Independence Day Parade wand walked around the National Mall but it wasn't overly festive. The fireworks behind the Washington Memorial was cool for a minute but then the stagnant air filled with smoke and overshadowed what looked like giant fireworks. They were big but not creative.

I could sit here and write a book on all the impressive sites DC has to offer but it's something one should take on themselves. It's worth it! I can't believe I had never been.

We took some time to get our laundry done and watch the Atlantis shuttle launch on tv. Now we are camping out a Pohick Bay Regional Park. We needed to step away from the concrete jungle. We got our GPS to start working and our fridge! (Our fridge decided to stop working in the gas mode and we found out that residue had accumulated and it couldn't properly ignite.) So we spent our time cleaning up Big B, gave Rusty another shave, fixed a few issues and juiced up our own batteries.

Five months down, how many more to go?
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