Friday, May 8, 2015

A Day in Washington, DC

Keith, Valerie, Curt & I went in to Washington, DC on the VRE (Virginia Railway Express). Dean went in to work earlier that morning and was going to meet us for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover.  This is a flyover of WW2 airplanes over some of the memorials in DC. So we got to see how Dean and Valerie travel daily to work. 

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We got to DC before the Smithsonian buildings opened, except for the castle, so we walked there first. We’ve been there before, and it isn’t much more than an information center, so we walked to the Air and Space Museum and waited. As we stood there, more and more buses came and unloaded students and tourists. We decided to hopefully find a place a little less crowded and went across the mall. There’s always construction on the mall it seems.

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The flyover was scheduled to start at 12:10 so we walked over to the Washington Monument and found a shady, grassy spot to sit down and wait.
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We could have spent the whole day in just one of the Smithsonians, there is so much to see. It was a full day, and we got in a lot of steps!

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