This blog entry is dedicated to my dear and lovely friend, Lisa Vinyard. Missing you!
We also give our condolences to Mark and Laurie Stafford on the passing of Mark’s mother, Joanne. She was a beautiful and talented woman who we were blessed to have met. God bless.
On the tenth of July we drove to an RV park in Dumfries, Virginia. The next morning (Saturday) we drove the car to the nearby metro station (Franconia-Springfield) for a 45 minute ride to the US Capitol. We had a tour arranged for Monday but we wanted to do a dry run and start site seeing. The metro system is complicated and until you’ve experienced it, it can be quite confusing. We managed to purchase passes and get on the right train car by asking questions of station workers. Once onboard we met a nice young guy who turned out to be an Army officer from North Carolina (Clemson alum) on his way to the Pentagon and he helped us understand better how to get around and transfer from line to line to save time. We got off at his stop and he even took the time to show us to the platform we needed to get to our next stop. So kind.
Our dry run was a complete success and we walked about five miles that day taking in the sites. We took a sneak peak at the Capitol and went through the tunnel to visit the Library of Congress before walking to the Washington Monument, and then we saw the White House, before a stop at the American History Museum.
On Sunday we took the metro back to DC and walked six miles that day. We walked to The Old Ebbitt for lunch before heading to the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Vietnam War Memorial and the World War II Memorial.
Monday…back we went again for another five mile day! We had a private tour of the US Capitol with a staffer from Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s office. The staffer is a young man named Joseph Tanner who attended Perdue and hails from the Creve Coeur/Ladue area. He is also an alum of Chaminade and it turns out that he was a classmate of Michael Stafford, son of our good friends Mark and Laurie. Joseph’s mother also works at Anheuser-Busch (SMALL WORLD)! Joseph gave us a great tour of the Capitol, took our photo, and two hours flew by! From there we headed back to the museums and saw the American Indian Museum. We really wanted to see the Archives so we hot-footed it over there since it was getting late, and we made it just in time! There was a long line, but it was so worth it to see the original documents! We stared in disbelief as we took in the Declaration of Independence, all four pages of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This stop was definitely a highlight for both of us! We were exhausted by the time we plopped in a seat on the metro and it turns out we were lucky to have a seat… Monday commuters started getting on and it was a packed ride all the way back.
Tuesday was a change of pace. No metro! Instead, we drove to Mount Vernon and toured George and Martha Washington’s home. This was another day of walking, but much easier than previous days. The view of the Potomac from the porch is amazing and Ken said he could see us sitting there with a Corona and him with a cigar!
After Mount Vernon we had travel preparations (laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping) to do so we headed back to Dumfries, VA. Luckily there is a Panera Bread Co. and a nice grocery store just a couple of minutes from the RV park.
Today is a travel day for us. We are driving to Philadelphia so stay tuned to hear all about our visits to the Liberty Bell and Gettysburg.
Until we meet again, be kind and love one another.