Cross country: The rest of Washington, D.C.

July 6, 2013

Have you ever had a day when nothing works? Today was one of those days. We drove around Stafford following signs.

First we found The Stafford Civil War Park. This was not a park but the area where the Union stayed the winter after their Fredericksburg defeat. It was amazing that the location is still known. I’m not showing you any photos because there really were none. The various military sites were now forest. Maybe someday they will do a recreation of the time.

Another was an historical quarry. There were trails on this one where you could see the quarry, but it was in the 90s with mega humidity. Neither of us wanted to walk it.

We did find a small cemetery on a street corner. No name or fencing, just grave stones. I did take photos of that because it is so odd. I’ll show you that tomorrow.

Since we got a late start, (going to the pancake breakfast and doing laundry) I didn’t get my pedicure, but I did schedule one for tomorrow morning.

So here I am sitting in the trailer wondering just where the day went. I guess we just relaxed. Richard has gone off star gazing, and Gem and I are going to take our evening walk. These days happen, especially when you’ve been running crazy seeing the sites. Sometimes a break is nice.

So maybe today did work!



Cross country: Washington D.C.

July 5, 2013

Whew, am I tired! That’s the blog for today. Just kidding; but, I am tired. We took the VRE (the Virginia Railway Express) into D.C. and then took the Metro( D.C.’s subway/light rail) to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian consists of many museums including the National Air and Space Museum.

We were last in D.C. January 2009 (As they were preparing for President Obama’s inauguration); but, it was work for the guys and sightseeing for the gals. We pretty much covered most of the Smithsonian, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was in session and we got to sit in for about 20 minutes. Richard did get to see the Kennedy Center, the Capitol (I saw it twice), some tours arranged by a Congressman and Mt. Vernon. I wish I brought some of those pictures to show you. Maybe I’ll dig them up when we get home. In 2009 they were building stands for the inauguration; today, there was a fair!

This time around, even with bad knees, Richard wanted to see the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian. (Eleven of the 19 museums are located around the National Mall and D. C., others are located in various U. S. cities.) Just getting off the Metro at the Smithsonian doesn’t mean you don’t have to walk—just the opposite. You walk to the museum and then you walk the museum. Since he’s a plane and space freak, I heard all about everything. It was actually a great tour. He was so impressed with the planes hanging in the big hall. “They are the first of everything,” he said.

We also saw the Hubble movie in the IMAX in 3D. In other words, we spent the entire day at the one museum. I have some pictures taken from the VRE as we came into Washington, D.C. and the museum. I’ll show you those tonight. Tomorrow you’ll see pictures of the Metro, sculptures and buildings I could shoot as we walked back to the Metro.

Tomorrow, I think we will both rest. Maybe I’ll get that pedicure and shoot some scenery around Stafford.