Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thoughts on DC

We are really pleased with our DC trip.  We got to see lots of interesting things.  We enjoyed the Holocaust museum; sure wish I could have taken pictures.  If you come to DC, be sure to put this museum on your list, the videos are graphic and makes me wonder how one human can do those thing to other humans, especially children.  Most of the museums do not open until 10:00.

We also go to go the the archives and see the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights.  Lots of hands on things to do there, again no pictures.

We became pros at ridding the metro system.  Easy to do once you understand the different lines and have a great map to follow.  We found that most people were welling to help us out if we did not know where to go to catch the next train.  Be sure to hold on to your phone and do not, repeat, do not, lean against the escalator while talking or looking at your phone; we witnessed a man lose his phone this way.  A couple of kids reached down and took it out of his hand and took off running.  Most of the people getting on the trains are listening to their ipods or phones.  Earphones everywhere, heads bobbing up and down.

Food is expensive at the café’s inside the museums.  The Air and Space Museum has a McDonalds and it is usually very busy around lunch time.  There are small kiosks on the mall which offer hotdogs, salads, and sandwiches at a more reasonable price.

People use the area on the mall to play softball, frisbee, and run.  Lots of people like to run on the grassy mall.

It got hot and muggy in the week we were here.  Bottled water is $2.50.

The IMAX shows were wonderful.  Especially liked Born to Be Wild, the Hubble, and the dinosaurs.

We were here during the school trips, lots of 5th through 12th graders running around.  Some are well-behaved, others,  well----

Some of the museums let people in according to times so you have to have tickets for Ford’s theater, White House tours, Capitol tours, and elevator to the top of the Washington Monument.

The first night we arrived, we took the night tour of DC and really enjoyed that.  It gave us an idea of how the mall is laid out.  I personally think the night view of the Lincoln Monument is better than the day.

We are now really good at walking.   The museums are not very close together, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  Lots of stairs but there are ramps, escalators and elevators, that is, when they are in working order.

It rained a couple of the days we were here, but we just bought cheap parkas and kept on going.

We were on the go most days from 8:30 till 6:00 and are now taking the next 3 days to reenergize.

Cherry Hill is a great campground.  Really very helpful in giving directions.

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