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

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wrapping-up in D.C.


We have now completed a wonderful (but exhausting in a good way) week in Washingon, D.C.  In the past couple of days we have:

-Parking?  Tried to find parking in downtown D.C. on a Saturday when there was an AIDS walk, a "unity" rally on the mall, war protests, and so on...only took us an hour to find a place.

-Smithsonian's "American History" Museum:   We saw Dorothy's "ruby slippers" from the "Wizard of Oz", the top hat that Lincoln wore to Ford's Theater, First Lady's Inagural dresses, the "Stars and Stripes" flag that inspired the national anthem, and lots more...3 floors more...lots of fun.

-White House:  We walked by the White House (front and back)...beautiful building.   The home owners did not come out and wave at us.

-Air & Space Museum #2:  The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum near the mall ran out of space for all of its displays; so an additional Air and Space Museum was opened next to Dulles International Airport.  It is cram-packed full of all sorts of airplanes and space-related craft, including a shuttle.  The shuttle "Enterprise" never flew in space but it was the first shuttle; and it was used to test flying (gliding) characteristics by being released from on top of a 747 and then flown down to the runway.  It was very exciting to see this first shuttle up-close.  Another interesting airplane in the museum is the "Enola Gay", the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.   This is an amazing museum to visit if you are ever in the DC area!

And that's a wrap for the D.C. area.  On Monday we head out for Virginia, then the Carolinas and down to Florida.  Today we plotted out our calendar for the approximately 50 days we have left before arriving back home in the Stockton area...boy, the time is flying by!   See you soon ;-).

Take care.
Don & Sandi

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