Our Nation's Capital

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Sara and Matt's apartment

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

(Doug's Entry)

This morning we left our gracious hosts and headed out on the road again -- this time for Washington DC. Not before grabbing some coffee, though, as we were working with less sleep than usual in an attempt to make DC early-ish. When I went in, Lizzie asked me to get her a croissant along with my coffee. I was wearing my "Easily Distracted" t-shirt today, and when I started ordering, the lady behind the counter interrupted me, telling me that I was easily distracted and that I should finish my order. I explained that I was wearing the shirt, but she was the one distracted and perhaps she should be wearing the shirt. At which point I did indeed get distracted and failed to order Lizzie's croissant. I'm not entirely sure they even had croissants, but that's not the point. At least I wasn't trying to hide the truth...

I was _not_ easily distracted for the drive. It went smoothly, and we made it in one piece. But good lord there are a lot of people in the DC area. Once we got close to our nation's capital, the roads got jammed with people. Traffic was still flowing, but there was just a lot more of it.

We made it in for about 3:30 or so, and found a parking spot near the monuments. I was informed by Byron last night that the Einstein Memorial and the basement of the Lincoln Memorial were the way to go for some less crowded, but cool monuments. I don't know that we actually got into the basement of the Lincoln Memorial -- Lizzie thinks we did (where the bathrooms are), but I wasn't sure if that was what Bryon was talking about. We didn't hang around too much down there, but we did cross the street to the Einstein Memorial. That statue, albeit a bit creepy, is definitely worth a visit. If you stand at the center of the circle, you can start talking and you can hear the reverberation of your voice as if you were standing in a much bigger room. Good call, Byron.

We saw the Vietnam Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II fountain, the capitol building, and a couple other main attractions. It's really surreal to be here as I haven't been here since I was a kid. There is a big gathering going on this weekend, headed by Glenn Beck, I believe. "Restoring Honor," it was called. Looks like they are expecting a HUGE crowd. One of the rangers explained that the KKK, the Aryans, and the Black Panthers all requested a permit to demonstrate on the same day. One part of me is glad we won't be here for that. The other part is intrigued. Could be interesting.

After we finished our own little walking tour of the sights in Washington, we caught up with Sara and Matt for dinner at Founding Farmer's. The food was fantastic, and the company even better. Even though it was a little slow getting a table, so we got jabbed with a ticket for parking more than 2 hours in our spot. By all of 10 minutes. Curse you, DC meter maids!

We drove back to Alexandria to stay the night with our hosts -- it was great catching up with them and getting to know Matt a bit better than the quick conversation we had when they came down for their wedding a few months ago. Thanks for opening your place up to us guys! It was very much appreciated.
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Gayle on

Lizzie, you and Doug are having such a great trip. I am enjoying reading all the great places you are going. It does seem like it is all about the FOOD!!!!
Keep the posting coming, I love it. Gayle

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