Don & Sandi at "home", back in the Stockton area.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Days 2 & 3 in D.C.


Boy, have we been busy!   There is sooo much to see in DC, we may have to stay around an extra day or two.  Here is a quick run-down on what we were up to on Thursday and Friday.

-Holocaust Museum:  We spent about 3 hours taking the self-guided tour of the history and horror of the Holocaust...really overwhelming.
-Air and Space Museum:  Aircraft hanging from the ceiling, including Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis", probably my favorite artifact of any I've seen so far on this trip.   The Wright Brother's "Flyer" (first airplane) is also housed in the museum.
-U.S. Capitol:  We took a tour and had a chance to sit in the House chamber (but not in session again until November).
-Library of Congress:  What a beautiful interior...I think the most beautiful of all of the facilities we have seen on our 100-day adventure.   (And you get searched as you leave this building!)
-Supreme Court:  We didn't get to go inside as the Court was having the official "investiture" ceremony for new Justice, Elena Kagan; so the Court was closed to the public.  We did get to see Justice Kagan and Chief Justice Roberts as they came out of the front doors for their "photo op", following the ceremony.
-President Obama:  A special guest at the investiture was President Obama.  There was a lot of police activity around the front of the Court and the rumor was circulating that the President would be at the ceremony.  Well, he was at the private ceremony; and then when his entourage of vehicles left, they drove by the front of the Court.  So, we got to see him in a "blur" through the dark-tinted glass of his presidential limo...they sped by rather quickly, all 15 vehicles!  It was very exciting.
-Arlington Cemetery: We visited President Kennedy's grave, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We were there for the "Changing of the Guard" ceremony...inspiring and moving.

Again, more photos than usual...but we have to share.

Take care.
Don & Sandi

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