Father of Our Country...Busboys & Poets

Trip Start Oct 10, 2009
Trip End Oct 18, 2009

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Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

6:45 came early this morning but we rallied and left our hotel at 7:15 to catch the Metro to Union Station where our tour began. Today we drove across the Potomac to Virginia and headed to Mount Vernon (about 18 miles out of DC), the home of George Washington.  Mount Vernon was a massive estate that houses his original home complete with several outbuildings, slave quarters, stables & smokehouse. They still maintain both ornamental and vegetable gardens and have live farm animals roaming on the estate.  We had lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn, turkey pot pie, meatloaf and ham…all very good!
We got back on our bus and drove along the Potomac to Alexandria's old town area.  While visiting Christ Church (the church of George & Martha) we discovered that today was a good day to visit the church as they were filming a special for PBS.  When we walked in we saw 2 actors dressed as George & Martha...Kinda wild!  We toured the rest of the town and headed towards Arlington Memorial Cemetery.  Did I mention the weather is perfect again 
today...sunny and 70.  Once at the cemetery we boarded a tram and made our way to the eternal flame at the gravesite of the Kennedys, watched the changing of the guard, but the most touching thing was a group of WWII veterans that were touring the cemetery as part of a reunion, lots of them were in wheel chairs, I would guess their ages to be late 80's or early 90's they looked so happy to be together and so proud to have served.  Between the veterans and the gravesites it makes you realize how much, so many have sacrificed so we can live such blessed lives!
We stopped again at the Marine Corp Memorial, saw the Air Force 
Memorial and stopped at the Pentagon to see the 911 Memorial (because 
of security seems like we parked in Delaware and walked to it)…marathon man did great...I on the other hand was winded!  Our guide for the day Chester (I had an Uncle Chester; he had a glass eye)...but this Chester's voice sounded like a mix between Barry White and Sir Mix-Alot...dropped us at Union Station and we made a beeline for the National Archives we got there at 5 and they didn't close until 5:30 but they wouldn't let us in.
We found out the American Portrait Gallery was still open so we walked a few blocks to it.  The gallery had some really neat pics alot of portraits of famous Americans from sports heroes to war heroes, the gallery also host the Presidential Portrait Gallery. I was a little disappointed they didn't include Regis in their icon section...there is no accounting for taste!
We literally flipped a coin to choose dinner and ended up at a place called Busboys & Poets a restaurant/coffeehouse/speakeasy…the food was 
so-so but the dessert was excellent…white chocolate banana bread 
pudding with coconut ice cream.  We left the restaurant and were 
informed by Jaxson that he finished both books he brought and 
a new book from a series he likes is coming out today....so away to 
Barnes & Noble we went for our final stop of the day!

Jaxson passed out tonite- Im sure he will have more to share tomorrow!

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