A Pictorial Look At Washington D.C.From My Esoteric [245]

Oh, So Much To See!!

AS MOST SHOULD KNOW, WASHINGTON D.C., is jam-packed with history as well as current events, being home to both the Smithsonian Institutes and the seat of Government. First, if you didn't know, Washington D.C. or the District of Columbia is named after two people; George Washington, obviously, and Christopher Columbus who initially named his new found land, Columbia.

We tried to keep the itinerari manageable for a pair of 60+ and an 11-year old. On Day

  1. we saw the Air and Space Museum, a little bit of the American Indian Museum, and had a personal VIP tour of the Capitol from our district's representative's intern
  2. we rented a car and drove out to Dulles Airport to see the rest of the Air and Space museum out there and then came back in to see the Arlington Cemetery
  3. Instead of going to Monticello and the Fredericksburg Civil War battlefield, we went to the National Zoo (bad move)..
  4. we went to the Pentagon Memorial and the Pentagon itself
  5. we took a Gray Line Tour around the National Mall and got soaked in the one downpour of the week on the one day I said not to bring umbrellas.

Oh, by the way, we took Amtrak from Jacksonville, FL to D.C. and back; about a 13 - 14 hour trip each way. Having done it before by their small private car, I don't recommend that format as it is simply two small for two adults, at least large ones. This time we took coach, about $700 cheaper than by air for the three of us. That mode is doable for one night. While the bed in the small private room is better than the seat for sleeping, the seat is much better than the private room for the rest of the trip, even a multi-day trip. Our next trip will try out the much more expensive large private car, which is probably the only way to take multi-day trips by train.

DAY 1 CONSISTED OF TAKING MY GRANDSON to see the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and take a tour of the Capitol building. We had tried to get a ticket to get into the White House but was too late in asking our Congressman, Representative Ted Yoho of Florida's 3rd District. He did, however, arrange a personal VIP tour through the Capitol building with the gracious help of his assistant Codeye (pronounced Cody) Woody, from Gainesville, FL, (the actual pronunciation is with the emphasis on the 'dy' in Cody, with the 'y' said as a long 'e'.; go figure.) The tour was led by an energetic young intern named Andrew Johnson, from Lake City, FL, who added a lot of color to the tour we normally would not have gotten; we thank the three of them..

I am always impressed by the Air and Space Museum. It is a new experience each time you go because they are always changing it, keeping it fresh. Of course our eleven year old was impressed and excited about the planes and rockets on display was well as the flight simulator. But, I am not sure how much he got out of the rest of it; he is a smart kid with an orientation to science but is challenged, as many boys seem to be today, with a short attention span and a lack of curiosity; but then again, he is 11 and I am 66 with different expectation.

After the Capitol tour, we headed back to the Air and Space. Because it supposedly stayed open until 7:30 PM and the American Indian Museum didn't, we took a quick detour there only to find out the Air and Space closed at 5:30 due to a special event.

I apologize ahead of time for the poor quality and selection of photos. I neither know how to take good pictures nor know what to take pictures of; so what you get is what interests my esoteric soul.

Day 1 - The Capitol and Air & Space Museum

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KIDS ON A ROPE IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIALOOKING DOWN KING STREET FROM THE WATERFRONT (POTOMAC RIVER) IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIAI'LL BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHAT THIS IS ... AS SOON AS I CAN REMEMBER OR SOMEONE TELLS ME.CLOSE-UP OF A SOMEWHAT MODERN GPS RECEIVERSAME GPS RECEIVER WITH REST OF CELLPHONE ELECTRONICS (i DID SAY SOMEWHAT MODERN).  bY CONTRAST, THE GPS RECEIVER I WORKED ON WITH THE AIR FORCE IN 1985 TO INSTALL ON AIRCRAFT MEASURED 24" X 18' X 12"!LUNAR LANDERSENATOR CALHOUN (ALSO VICE PRESIDENT)THE LEG AND CAPE OF SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE WHERE A BULLET RICOCHETED IN THE 1998 ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL THAT KILLED TWO CAPITAL HILL POLICE OFFICERS.  THIS IS IS THE BEST THEY COULD DO IN REPAIRING THE DAMAGE.THE WALL NEXT TO SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE SHOWING THE MARK OF ANOTHER BULLET.THE CAPITAL LOOKING FROM THE WESTVIEW OF THE CAPITOL DOME STANDING ON THE 3'-WIDE BALCONY OUTSIDE CONGRESSMAN YOHO'S CANNON OFFICE BUILDING'S 5TH FLOOR WINDOW (the floor with the smallest offices since he is a first term representative.)THE FIRST McDONALDS ON WHEELS I EVER SAW, NEXT TO THE AIR and SPACE MUSEUMLAYOUT OF THE NATIONAL MALL WITH THE SMITHSONIANS ARRANGED ON EITHER SIDEMUSEUM OF ARTS AND INDUSTRYPRESIDENT REAGANTHE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWNTHE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWNMY GRANDSON IN THE ROTUNDATHE SCULPTURES AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROTUNDA TELLS THE STORY OF AMERICA UNTIL THE WRIGHT BROTHERSA CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE.INSIDE THE CAPITAL UNDER THE ROTUNDAWIFE MARY, GRANDSON GRAYSON, AND MYSELF WITH UF GATOR HEAD IN REPRESENTATIVE YOHO's OFFICEGRAYSON IN CONGRESSMAN YOHO's CHAIR.INTERN ANDREW JOHNSON WITH GRAYSON IN THE CAPITOL.IT IS MORE BEAUTIFUL IN REAL LIFE.INSIDE THE DOME.BACKSIDE OF FULL-SIZE REPLICA OF FREEDOM STATUE ON TOP OF THE CAPITOL.VIEW OF FREEDOM STATUE FROM ACROSS THE ROTUNDA
KIDS ON A ROPE IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
KIDS ON A ROPE IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA | Source
LOOKING DOWN KING STREET FROM THE WATERFRONT (POTOMAC RIVER) IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
LOOKING DOWN KING STREET FROM THE WATERFRONT (POTOMAC RIVER) IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA | Source
I'LL BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHAT THIS IS ... AS SOON AS I CAN REMEMBER OR SOMEONE TELLS ME.
I'LL BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHAT THIS IS ... AS SOON AS I CAN REMEMBER OR SOMEONE TELLS ME. | Source
CLOSE-UP OF A SOMEWHAT MODERN GPS RECEIVER
CLOSE-UP OF A SOMEWHAT MODERN GPS RECEIVER | Source
SAME GPS RECEIVER WITH REST OF CELLPHONE ELECTRONICS (i DID SAY SOMEWHAT MODERN).  bY CONTRAST, THE GPS RECEIVER I WORKED ON WITH THE AIR FORCE IN 1985 TO INSTALL ON AIRCRAFT MEASURED 24" X 18' X 12"!
SAME GPS RECEIVER WITH REST OF CELLPHONE ELECTRONICS (i DID SAY SOMEWHAT MODERN). bY CONTRAST, THE GPS RECEIVER I WORKED ON WITH THE AIR FORCE IN 1985 TO INSTALL ON AIRCRAFT MEASURED 24" X 18' X 12"! | Source
LUNAR LANDER
LUNAR LANDER | Source
SENATOR CALHOUN (ALSO VICE PRESIDENT)
SENATOR CALHOUN (ALSO VICE PRESIDENT) | Source
THE LEG AND CAPE OF SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE WHERE A BULLET RICOCHETED IN THE 1998 ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL THAT KILLED TWO CAPITAL HILL POLICE OFFICERS.  THIS IS IS THE BEST THEY COULD DO IN REPAIRING THE DAMAGE.
THE LEG AND CAPE OF SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE WHERE A BULLET RICOCHETED IN THE 1998 ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL THAT KILLED TWO CAPITAL HILL POLICE OFFICERS. THIS IS IS THE BEST THEY COULD DO IN REPAIRING THE DAMAGE. | Source
THE WALL NEXT TO SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE SHOWING THE MARK OF ANOTHER BULLET.
THE WALL NEXT TO SENATOR CALHOUN'S STATURE SHOWING THE MARK OF ANOTHER BULLET. | Source
THE CAPITAL LOOKING FROM THE WEST
THE CAPITAL LOOKING FROM THE WEST | Source
VIEW OF THE CAPITOL DOME STANDING ON THE 3'-WIDE BALCONY OUTSIDE CONGRESSMAN YOHO'S CANNON OFFICE BUILDING'S 5TH FLOOR WINDOW (the floor with the smallest offices since he is a first term representative.)
VIEW OF THE CAPITOL DOME STANDING ON THE 3'-WIDE BALCONY OUTSIDE CONGRESSMAN YOHO'S CANNON OFFICE BUILDING'S 5TH FLOOR WINDOW (the floor with the smallest offices since he is a first term representative.) | Source
THE FIRST McDONALDS ON WHEELS I EVER SAW, NEXT TO THE AIR and SPACE MUSEUM
THE FIRST McDONALDS ON WHEELS I EVER SAW, NEXT TO THE AIR and SPACE MUSEUM | Source
LAYOUT OF THE NATIONAL MALL WITH THE SMITHSONIANS ARRANGED ON EITHER SIDE
LAYOUT OF THE NATIONAL MALL WITH THE SMITHSONIANS ARRANGED ON EITHER SIDE | Source
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND INDUSTRY
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND INDUSTRY | Source
PRESIDENT REAGAN
PRESIDENT REAGAN | Source
THE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWN
THE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWN | Source
THE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWN
THE GRANITE LOOKING SUBSTANCE FOUR LAYERS BELOW PRESIDENT'S REAGAN'S FEET IS PART OF THE BERLIN WALL HE HELPED BRING DOWN | Source
MY GRANDSON IN THE ROTUNDA
MY GRANDSON IN THE ROTUNDA | Source
THE SCULPTURES AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROTUNDA TELLS THE STORY OF AMERICA UNTIL THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
THE SCULPTURES AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROTUNDA TELLS THE STORY OF AMERICA UNTIL THE WRIGHT BROTHERS | Source
A CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE.
A CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. | Source
INSIDE THE CAPITAL UNDER THE ROTUNDA
INSIDE THE CAPITAL UNDER THE ROTUNDA | Source
WIFE MARY, GRANDSON GRAYSON, AND MYSELF WITH UF GATOR HEAD IN REPRESENTATIVE YOHO's OFFICE
WIFE MARY, GRANDSON GRAYSON, AND MYSELF WITH UF GATOR HEAD IN REPRESENTATIVE YOHO's OFFICE | Source
GRAYSON IN CONGRESSMAN YOHO's CHAIR.
GRAYSON IN CONGRESSMAN YOHO's CHAIR. | Source
INTERN ANDREW JOHNSON WITH GRAYSON IN THE CAPITOL.
INTERN ANDREW JOHNSON WITH GRAYSON IN THE CAPITOL. | Source
IT IS MORE BEAUTIFUL IN REAL LIFE.
IT IS MORE BEAUTIFUL IN REAL LIFE. | Source
INSIDE THE DOME.
INSIDE THE DOME. | Source
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BACKSIDE OF FULL-SIZE REPLICA OF FREEDOM STATUE ON TOP OF THE CAPITOL.
BACKSIDE OF FULL-SIZE REPLICA OF FREEDOM STATUE ON TOP OF THE CAPITOL. | Source
VIEW OF FREEDOM STATUE FROM ACROSS THE ROTUNDA
VIEW OF FREEDOM STATUE FROM ACROSS THE ROTUNDA | Source

DAY 1 SIGHTSEEING

show route and directions
A markerAir and Space Museum, Washington D.C. -
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, National Mall, 600 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washing
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B markerCannon Building, Washington, D.C. -
Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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C markerSmithsonian American Indian Museum -
National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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DAY 2

ON DAY 2, WE RENTED A CAR INTENDING ON GOING TO the Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles Airport, the Arlington National Cemetery, and the Mt. Vernon home of George Washington. Unfortunately, we only made it to the first two because we are late risers and finding the rental car company at Washington National Airport was a chore. Mt. Vernon will have to wait for another trip.

I don't refer to the airport near D.C. by its legal name of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport because 1) I do not think the airport should honor two Presidents, only the original one, George Washington, 2) Reagan's name should not be first in any case, and 3) the underhanded way the Republicans (I was Republican when Reagan was in office) pushed it through. To me, it was, and always will be the Washington National Airport; but I will use Reagan's name for the other 10,000 things named after President Reagan.

I lost an hour trying to find Advantage Rent-a-Car company at the airport. At all other airports where I have used that company, they were on the airport proper; I didn't see it being any different here. Metro dropped us off at the far North end of the airport between the air terminal itself, and the North parking garage. So we followed the rental car signs into the parking garage heading South. We walked and walked and walked (it is a long garage) and walked until it dawned on me the rental cars were in the South parking garage. I left my wife and grandson in the dust and darted ahead finally arriving at where the rental car companies were ... no Advantage!

Back to the North garage I went to retrieve the wife and grandson, now they were gone; they thought I went into the terminal and went there. Fortunately they wandered back out and I told them to stay there and I went in to find the ubiquitous rental car counters. I forgot Washington National doesn't have any, they are in South Parking; they don't even have a phone back with the rental car names on them. I tried looking on the Internet but their website didn't like my confirmation number or my e-mail address and it didn't have a phone # ... what business doesn't put phone number on their web site?

Finally, I found an information desk who informed me I had to go outside and stand on the second curb and wait for an Advantage shuttle. Now I had to get my wife and grandson from the second floor to the first floor where I had gone. Did I just take the elevator back up and grab them? No, I called them and gave them directions (they were only about 200' and one floor away). Fifteen minutes later, I took the elevator up.

Needless to say, we got the car and the rest of the day was uneventful, except at the end; which I will get to after the pictures.

DAY 2

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SR-71SR-71 WITH SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERER IN THE BACKGROUNDUH-1 (HUEY) IROQUOIS (what I flew in Vietnam with F/8 Cav)PLAQUE TO GO ALONG WITH THE QH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTER IN NEXT TWO SLIDESQH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTOROTHER SIDE OF QH-50C DRONEFRONT VIEW OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERERSPACE SHUTTLE USED HEAT TILESUNIDENTIFIED BEAUTIFUL SATALITETHE RESTING PLACE OF THOSE WHO DIED PROTECTING AMERICA -- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY, WASHINGTON D.C.NEW GUARD APPROACHING FOR INSPECTION BEFORE ASSUMING DUTY TO GUARD THE TOMGS OF THE UNKNOWNSAFTER HAVING LOWERED THE FLAG AT 5:00 PM, THE GUARDS RETURN IT TO REST FOR DUTY THE NEXT DAYGUARDS DO A SHARP RIGHT FACE WHILE MARCHINGGRAVESITE OF AUDIE MURPHY, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT AND MOST DECORATED SOLDIER IN WW II.GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHICH WAS LOST ON RE-ENTRY GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHO DIED ON THE LAUCHPAD INGRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE SOLDIERS LOST IN PRESIDENT CARTER'S MISSION TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY HOSTAGES HELD IN TEHRAN, IRANSTATUE AT THE BACK ENTRANCE TO THE VISITOR CENTERIS THE FIGURE IN THE CASE IN THE VISITOR'S CENTER A LIVING MANNEQUIN? A WAX REPLICA? A STUFFED SOLDIER?  IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK
SR-71
SR-71 | Source
SR-71 WITH SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERER IN THE BACKGROUND
SR-71 WITH SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERER IN THE BACKGROUND | Source
UH-1 (HUEY) IROQUOIS (what I flew in Vietnam with F/8 Cav)
UH-1 (HUEY) IROQUOIS (what I flew in Vietnam with F/8 Cav) | Source
PLAQUE TO GO ALONG WITH THE QH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTER IN NEXT TWO SLIDES
PLAQUE TO GO ALONG WITH THE QH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTER IN NEXT TWO SLIDES | Source
QH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTOR
QH-50C DRONE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTOR | Source
OTHER SIDE OF QH-50C DRONE
OTHER SIDE OF QH-50C DRONE | Source
FRONT VIEW OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERER
FRONT VIEW OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERER | Source
SPACE SHUTTLE USED HEAT TILES
SPACE SHUTTLE USED HEAT TILES | Source
UNIDENTIFIED BEAUTIFUL SATALITE
UNIDENTIFIED BEAUTIFUL SATALITE | Source
THE RESTING PLACE OF THOSE WHO DIED PROTECTING AMERICA -- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY, WASHINGTON D.C.
THE RESTING PLACE OF THOSE WHO DIED PROTECTING AMERICA -- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY, WASHINGTON D.C. | Source
NEW GUARD APPROACHING FOR INSPECTION BEFORE ASSUMING DUTY TO GUARD THE TOMGS OF THE UNKNOWNS
NEW GUARD APPROACHING FOR INSPECTION BEFORE ASSUMING DUTY TO GUARD THE TOMGS OF THE UNKNOWNS | Source
AFTER HAVING LOWERED THE FLAG AT 5:00 PM, THE GUARDS RETURN IT TO REST FOR DUTY THE NEXT DAY
AFTER HAVING LOWERED THE FLAG AT 5:00 PM, THE GUARDS RETURN IT TO REST FOR DUTY THE NEXT DAY | Source
GUARDS DO A SHARP RIGHT FACE WHILE MARCHING
GUARDS DO A SHARP RIGHT FACE WHILE MARCHING | Source
GRAVESITE OF AUDIE MURPHY, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT AND MOST DECORATED SOLDIER IN WW II.
GRAVESITE OF AUDIE MURPHY, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT AND MOST DECORATED SOLDIER IN WW II. | Source
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHICH WAS LOST ON RE-ENTRY
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHICH WAS LOST ON RE-ENTRY | Source
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHO DIED ON THE LAUCHPAD IN
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER WHO DIED ON THE LAUCHPAD IN | Source
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE SOLDIERS LOST IN PRESIDENT CARTER'S MISSION TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY HOSTAGES HELD IN TEHRAN, IRAN
GRAVESITE MEMORIALIZING THE SOLDIERS LOST IN PRESIDENT CARTER'S MISSION TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY HOSTAGES HELD IN TEHRAN, IRAN | Source
STATUE AT THE BACK ENTRANCE TO THE VISITOR CENTER
STATUE AT THE BACK ENTRANCE TO THE VISITOR CENTER | Source
IS THE FIGURE IN THE CASE IN THE VISITOR'S CENTER A LIVING MANNEQUIN? A WAX REPLICA? A STUFFED SOLDIER?  IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK
IS THE FIGURE IN THE CASE IN THE VISITOR'S CENTER A LIVING MANNEQUIN? A WAX REPLICA? A STUFFED SOLDIER? IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK | Source

DAY 2

show route and directions
A markerAIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, DULLES AIRPORT -
Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA 20166, USA
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B markerARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY -
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211, USA
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The last photo in the series is one of a Marine in a glass case in the center of the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center, After we left and headed back to the hotel, an interesting conversation broke out between my wife and grandson that lasted most of the way home.

Both my wife and grandson spent a long time staring all around and up and down at the display. It seems my wife thought the statue was alive, you know one of those living mannequins you see on streets covered in silver and gold standing perfectly still. She kept trying to figure out where the air was coming into the inclosure was,or how he even got in and out of there. She kept looking closely to see if she could see signs of wax, but came away unconvinced. She still isn't quite convinced it was a wax likeness.

My grandson, on the other hand, thought the Marine was quite dead, literally. He also didn't think the statue was wax, so good was the artwork. Instead, he thought it was a dead Marine that was stuffed, like a deer head. He pointed out various features like the eyes that convinced him.. He even worried about what the parents of the Marine would think if they knew their son was there.

DAY 3 - The National Zoo

ON DAY 3, WE WENT TO THE NATIONAL ZOO; for those who take the Metro there, the Red Line, be ready for a long walk to the front gate. Actually, the walk up Connecticut Ave was very nice, I wish I had walked slower to enjoy the sights; it is a nice neighborhood. When we got in the Zoo, I found it had changed quite a bit ... for the better ... from when I was there a decade or so ago.

The only disappointment, really, was that too many of the animals were sleeping or hiding. Enjoy.

DAY 3 - The National Zoo

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BABY PANDA WANTS OUTTHE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDATHE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDATHE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDATHE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDATHE PARK HAS A MONITOR FOR A CLOSER LOOKMAMA PANDA CAME OUT FOR A STROLLMAMA PANDA WANDERING DOWNHILLMAMA PANDA LOOKING FOR HER BABYHER BABY IS BELOW HER, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE SAW IT.THE HORNBILL'S BILLINGHORNBILLKING VULTURE BILLINGKING VULTURE RANGEKING VULTUREKING VULTURECONTEMPLATION, GORILLA STYLECURIOSITYLUNCH INSIDE FROM THE SUNBACK TO CONTEMPLATIONAN ORANGUTANG TAKING IT EASYAN ORANGUTAN WALK OUTSIDE THEIR COMPOUND OVER TO AN INTERACTIVE STUDY LAB
BABY PANDA WANTS OUT
BABY PANDA WANTS OUT | Source
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA | Source
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA | Source
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA | Source
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA
THE MARCH OF THE BABY PANDA | Source
THE PARK HAS A MONITOR FOR A CLOSER LOOK
THE PARK HAS A MONITOR FOR A CLOSER LOOK | Source
MAMA PANDA CAME OUT FOR A STROLL
MAMA PANDA CAME OUT FOR A STROLL | Source
MAMA PANDA WANDERING DOWNHILL
MAMA PANDA WANDERING DOWNHILL | Source
MAMA PANDA LOOKING FOR HER BABY
MAMA PANDA LOOKING FOR HER BABY | Source
HER BABY IS BELOW HER, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE SAW IT.
HER BABY IS BELOW HER, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE SAW IT. | Source
THE HORNBILL'S BILLING
THE HORNBILL'S BILLING | Source
HORNBILL
HORNBILL | Source
KING VULTURE BILLING
KING VULTURE BILLING | Source
KING VULTURE RANGE
KING VULTURE RANGE | Source
KING VULTURE
KING VULTURE | Source
KING VULTURE
KING VULTURE | Source
CONTEMPLATION, GORILLA STYLE
CONTEMPLATION, GORILLA STYLE | Source
CURIOSITY
CURIOSITY | Source
LUNCH INSIDE FROM THE SUN
LUNCH INSIDE FROM THE SUN | Source
BACK TO CONTEMPLATION
BACK TO CONTEMPLATION | Source
AN ORANGUTANG TAKING IT EASY
AN ORANGUTANG TAKING IT EASY | Source
AN ORANGUTAN WALK OUTSIDE THEIR COMPOUND OVER TO AN INTERACTIVE STUDY LAB
AN ORANGUTAN WALK OUTSIDE THEIR COMPOUND OVER TO AN INTERACTIVE STUDY LAB | Source

DAY 3

A markernational zoo, washington d.c. -
Friends of the National Zoo, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Day 4 - The Pentagon

DAY 4 WAS AN EASY, BUT POIGNANT DAY. Today, we visited the Pentagon Memorial and the Pentagon itself, which I hadn't been back to since I left in 2008; boy was I in for a surprise. I had visited the Memorial a year or so ago and wrote a Hub about that; but now I wanted my step-grandson to experience and understand it; it was one of the few things he took pictures of.

While their was great controversy over the construction of the memorial, as their was over the Vietnam Memorial, and problems getting funding, it ended up being a very simple yet extremely powerful statement honoring those who died that awful day. I knew one of the 184 killed on September 11, 2001, Bryan Jack; he died serving his country aboard American Airlines Flight 77 heading to the West Coast for a project for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Bryan and I worked together for two years from 1992 -1993 while I was career-broadening in OSD, and then kept in occasional contact after that.

LAYOUT OF THE MEMORIAL

As you see, besides the wall that lists the name of each person who died in the attack, there is an individual memorial placed in the park located below the face of the Pentagon where Flight 77 struck it. They are shaped in the form of benches, pointing either toward or away from the Pentagon. If they are pointing away, then the name inscribed on it is that of a passenger on Flight 77 and if it is pointing toward the Pentagon, then the name belongs to someone working there. Below the name, in the pool below the bench, are names of any relations who also died in the attack; their benches are located elsewhere.

On top of the wall, the Age Wall, closest to the Pentagon running in front of the Memorial are dates, spaced evenly along its length; one inch equals one year. Each date represents the birth year of the victims aligned diagonally with the date and a plaque on a back wall listing their names. It starts with 1988, Dana Falkenberg - age 3 aboard Flight 77, to 1930, John D.. Yamnicky - age 71 who worked in the Pentagon.

THE PENTAGON

I apologize for the lack of pictures of this impressive place, but for obvious reasons, I wasn't allowed to take any.

I worked inside or in offices no more than 1/4 mile away from the Pentagon from 1988 to 2008, During that time, I was never ceased to be amazed at the sight as I crested a hill, driving slowly north on I-95 each day, of the Pentagon laid out below before me with the White House, Jefferson and Washington Memorials more or less straight-ahead across the Potomac, the Capitol Building the right, and the Lincoln Memorial the left. On a clear day, I almost wanted to stop my car right there in the middle of the freeway and stare (I think I did once, for I was in a 5-car rear-ender near there, but I wasn't the lead car).

Then you walked into the Pentagon and the vision quickly disappeared. Except for a few public areas where the tours were taken, it was one ugly building with miles of puke yellow to puke green corridors with thousands of closed doors to the left and right opening to similarly colored offices; although generally they were a bit happier than the corridors. Beyond the hussle and bussle, of which there was a lot and which tended to liven things up a bit, it really was a depressing place to work. Until you got to the A-ring and looked out to the central garden. The central garden was were employees went out to relax ... and smoke; there were no smoking areas inside "the Building". In the middle of this well-kept wonderland of flora was "ground zero", a walk-up fast-food service establishment that really should have had one of those white and red set of concentric circles painted on its roof; for that is the FIRST thing I thought of when I laid eyes on it in 1985 - you know the Soviets have a nuke pointed right at that spot; it was really eerie!

.The Pentagon, for those who don't know, is composed of five massive rings, A through E, arranged in five floors. Each side of the pentagon is split in two, with a corridor running from the middle of one E-ring to the A-ring and then out again to the middle of the next E-ring. The result is an ugly pentagon divided into ten ugly sections with even uglier sub-basements. To make it worse, the fifth floor was an afterthought; put on years later. For whatever reason, and although you can't see it from the outside, it feels slightly off-center from the four floors below. That means, it is if you enter a stairwell from the north side of a corridor on the third floor going to the fourth floor, you end up on the north side of the forth floor corridor. In some cases, however, if you continue on up to the fifth floor, you get out on the south side of a much thinner corridor; in twenty years, I never got used to it.

Imagine my surprise then, when Richard Snow, my replacement from the last position I held and who graciously agreed to escort us around, led us in and showed us a totally renovated Pentagon that was bright and cheerful! It was not only this way in the public areas, it was EVERYWHERE. From were some of my old offices were, to the cafeteria for everyone (the executive dining rooms had been removed), to the multitude of new display cases highlighting the history of the Department of War and Defense. I was simply stunned. Gone to were the rings, as I knew them. In my time, as I walked up a spoke, when I came to a new ring, I could turn right or left to go down more corridors to enter the various offices, like the ones I worked in. Now, there were no more corridors, just doors that lead into massive work areas; one of the pre-renovation problems is the lack of office space.

In any case, I had a great time there. One note of warning. If you want to go yourself, call or go online ahead time, you have to make reservations for a tour at least two weeks ahead of time ... another change I wasn't aware of.

DAY 4 - THE PENTAGON MEMORIAL

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YOU CAN SEE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS PICTURE.  THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING IS WHAT SAVED IT.YOUR ARE LOOKING AT THE E-RING OF THE PENTAGON; THAT WAS THE ONLY RING THAT COLLAPSED ALTHOUGH SOME FIRE DAMAGE MADE ALL THE WAY TO THE A-RING.  THE MEMORIAL IS NOW IN THE GREEN AREA IN FRONT.THIS IS WHAT I SAW FROM MY OFFICE IN CRYSTAL GATEWAY NORTH.  WHEN I WORKED IN THE PENTAGON, MOST OF THE TIME I WAS IN THE C-RING, ONE SIDE TO THE LEFT OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE.THE FACE YOU ARE LOOKING AT IS THE ONE THAT WAS COLLAPSED IN THE FIRST PICTURE.  IF YOU WERE DRIVING BY DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK AND LOOKED IN THE FOURTH ROOM ON THE LEFT ON THE TOP FLOOR, YOU COULD SEE A MONITOR SITTING ON A DESK ... VERY POIGNANTBRYAN JACK'S BENCHBRYAN JACK'S BENCHTHE BENCHES POINTING AT THE PENTAGON, WHICH THESE ARE, ARE FOR THE PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT 77EACH ROW CONTAINS BENCHES OF THE FALLEN BORN IN A CERTAIN YEARCOINS STRUCK TO MEMORIALIZE THE EVENTFRONT SIDEBACK SIDEFLAG GIVEN TO ME AT MY RETIREMENT FROM AIR FORCE CIVIL SERVICE; IT WAS FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING AND THEN OVER THE PENTAGON PRIOR BEING PUT IN THE DISPLAY CASE.
YOU CAN SEE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS PICTURE.  THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING IS WHAT SAVED IT.
YOU CAN SEE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS PICTURE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING IS WHAT SAVED IT. | Source
YOUR ARE LOOKING AT THE E-RING OF THE PENTAGON; THAT WAS THE ONLY RING THAT COLLAPSED ALTHOUGH SOME FIRE DAMAGE MADE ALL THE WAY TO THE A-RING.  THE MEMORIAL IS NOW IN THE GREEN AREA IN FRONT.
YOUR ARE LOOKING AT THE E-RING OF THE PENTAGON; THAT WAS THE ONLY RING THAT COLLAPSED ALTHOUGH SOME FIRE DAMAGE MADE ALL THE WAY TO THE A-RING. THE MEMORIAL IS NOW IN THE GREEN AREA IN FRONT. | Source
THIS IS WHAT I SAW FROM MY OFFICE IN CRYSTAL GATEWAY NORTH.  WHEN I WORKED IN THE PENTAGON, MOST OF THE TIME I WAS IN THE C-RING, ONE SIDE TO THE LEFT OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE.
THIS IS WHAT I SAW FROM MY OFFICE IN CRYSTAL GATEWAY NORTH. WHEN I WORKED IN THE PENTAGON, MOST OF THE TIME I WAS IN THE C-RING, ONE SIDE TO THE LEFT OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE. | Source
THE FACE YOU ARE LOOKING AT IS THE ONE THAT WAS COLLAPSED IN THE FIRST PICTURE.  IF YOU WERE DRIVING BY DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK AND LOOKED IN THE FOURTH ROOM ON THE LEFT ON THE TOP FLOOR, YOU COULD SEE A MONITOR SITTING ON A DESK ... VERY POIGNANT
THE FACE YOU ARE LOOKING AT IS THE ONE THAT WAS COLLAPSED IN THE FIRST PICTURE. IF YOU WERE DRIVING BY DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK AND LOOKED IN THE FOURTH ROOM ON THE LEFT ON THE TOP FLOOR, YOU COULD SEE A MONITOR SITTING ON A DESK ... VERY POIGNANT | Source
BRYAN JACK'S BENCH
BRYAN JACK'S BENCH | Source
BRYAN JACK'S BENCH
BRYAN JACK'S BENCH | Source
THE BENCHES POINTING AT THE PENTAGON, WHICH THESE ARE, ARE FOR THE PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT 77
THE BENCHES POINTING AT THE PENTAGON, WHICH THESE ARE, ARE FOR THE PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT 77 | Source
EACH ROW CONTAINS BENCHES OF THE FALLEN BORN IN A CERTAIN YEAR
EACH ROW CONTAINS BENCHES OF THE FALLEN BORN IN A CERTAIN YEAR | Source
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COINS STRUCK TO MEMORIALIZE THE EVENT
COINS STRUCK TO MEMORIALIZE THE EVENT | Source
FRONT SIDE
FRONT SIDE | Source
BACK SIDE
BACK SIDE | Source
FLAG GIVEN TO ME AT MY RETIREMENT FROM AIR FORCE CIVIL SERVICE; IT WAS FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING AND THEN OVER THE PENTAGON PRIOR BEING PUT IN THE DISPLAY CASE.
FLAG GIVEN TO ME AT MY RETIREMENT FROM AIR FORCE CIVIL SERVICE; IT WAS FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING AND THEN OVER THE PENTAGON PRIOR BEING PUT IN THE DISPLAY CASE. | Source

DAY 4

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A markerPentagon -
The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301, USA
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B markerOur Hotel -
1759 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
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DAY 5 - THE LAST DAY, BACK TO THE MALL

WE WERE GOING TO COMPLETE THE TOUR OF THE NATIONAL MALL before catching the train home that night ... it didn't go quite the way we had planned. We took the Metro to Union Station, a sight to behold if you haven't seen it, and bought tickets for a Hop-on, Hop-off Gray Line bus tour around the mall; we were done walking! Our first stop was the Washington Monument, which we had hoped to go to the top in the elevator.

HINT: You have to get the free tickets on-line or get their before 9 AM, if you hope to get in; same for the U.S. Mint Printing Office (that one we knew about.)

From there we were going to circle 'round to the Jefferson Memorial, without stopping, the Korean War, Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials, and finally the Museum of Natural History. We figured it would be time to get back to the hotel clean up and get ready to catch Amtrak home after the Natural History Museum.

We got off at the Washington Memorial obelisk, being informed by the tour guide we weren't going to get in (I tried anyway), we walked on up to the base of it to snap a few pictures. From that vantage point, depending on which way you turn, you can see parts of about all there is to see in the Mall area; from the Capitol Building to the East, the White House to the North, Lincoln's Memorial to the West, and Jefferson's Memorial to the South. Over Jefferson's Memorial is the Pentagon, in front of Lincoln's Memorial is the Reflection Pool and so on. It was flat gorgeous!

From there we hopped on another bus and headed off to the Jefferson Memorial and passed the FDR, WW I, D.C War (bet you didn't know there was one, did you). and MLK Memorials, getting off at the Lincoln Memorial. First we went to the Korean War Memorial, which was a first for me, given all the times I have been there; the pictures I took do not come close to doing it justice. Then we wandered over to the Lincoln Memorial, one of my favorites.

It had been awhile since I had been there and they had added a front entrance at the base which led to 1) an extremely nice exposition and, more, importantly for us old people, 2) an elevator. I don't remember when they put the inscription of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech at the point on the steps where he gave it, I don't think I have seen it before, but in my opinion, they did a terrible job. It can't have been all that many years and you will be able to see by the picture, it is already faded and worn from people walking on it. A guide had poured water on it to clean some mud off as he talked about it to his group.

We never made it to the Vietnam Memorial Wall or the Museum of Natural History. When I was taking pictures of Mary and Greyson at the Lincoln Memorial, over their heads and not that far to the West were terrible looking thunder-bumpers that weren't supposed to be there. I had checked Weather Underground and it showed basically clear skies all day, so we didn't bring umbrellas for the first time this trip; we didn't use them the other times of course. The prediction was almost correct, except for the next two hours.

The last picture from the Mall is one of a book of names of those who died in Vietnam; it is turned to a page of one of the people I went to college with in ROTC who didn't make it back. As I was taking the picture, it began to rain, and then pour. All we had for cover were a lot of trees. That actually would have worked if the rain had lasted only five minutes or so; it didn't. We huddled there for ten minutes and then made a lope for a store way across the street. We couldn't jay-walk because there was an iron chain decorative fence running along the sidewalk Mary couldn't get over into the muddy river running between the sidewalk and the street. So down to the intersection we went. Our goal had been right across the street, back up the street we went the same distance until we found cover in the store, where we picked up some ponchos to fend off what now had become LIGHT rain!

The ponchos did become useful later on as the rain picked-up again on our ride back (only the open upper deck of the bus had room, you know) to Union Station; Mary was NOT going into an air conditioned museum soaking wet. We also had to skip getting off near the White House to walk around it.

Anyway, we were still wet by the time we got back to the hotel but after that, things got pleasant again and we were on our way home.

DAY 5 - Back On The Mall

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LOOKING EAST FROM OUR BUS OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING REFLECTING POOLLOOKING EAST FROM THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL TO THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL OVER THE REFLECTING POOLLOOKING EAST FROM THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING.LOOKING NORTH TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. (I couldn't get to a good vantage point)LOOKING WEST TOWARD THE LINCOLN MEMORIALTHOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL WITH PRESIDENT JEFFERSON STANDING INSIDESQUAD OF KOREAN VETS MOVING THROUGH THE FIELDKOREAN VET MEMORIAL WALL REFLECTING POOLKOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALLKOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALL.  NOTICE THE SHADOWS OF THE SOLDIER ETCHED INTO THE WALLLOOKING BACK AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT OVER THE REFLECTING POOL FROM WHERE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING GAVE HIS "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECHLEADING TO THE ELEVATOR AND A REALLY GREAT MEMORIAL DISPLAY.GRANDSON GRAYSON AND WIFE MARY IN FROM OF LINCOLN MEMORIALTHREE VIETNAM VETSTHREE SOLDIERS FROM VIETNAM AND MEVIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALLBOOK OF THE DEAD FROM VIETNAM WITH COLLEGE FRIEND FRED HAUGH'S NAME LISTEDSHE WAS NOT HAPPY I SUGGESTED WE LEAVE THE UMBRELLAS IN THE ROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WE GOT HERE. (she's never listened to me before, why did she start now?)TRIP COMES TO A WET ENDHEADING HOME ON THE METRO
LOOKING EAST FROM OUR BUS OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING REFLECTING POOL
LOOKING EAST FROM OUR BUS OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING REFLECTING POOL | Source
LOOKING EAST FROM THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL TO THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL OVER THE REFLECTING POOL
LOOKING EAST FROM THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL TO THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL OVER THE REFLECTING POOL | Source
LOOKING EAST FROM THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING.
LOOKING EAST FROM THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING. | Source
LOOKING NORTH TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. (I couldn't get to a good vantage point)
LOOKING NORTH TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. (I couldn't get to a good vantage point) | Source
LOOKING WEST TOWARD THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
LOOKING WEST TOWARD THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL | Source
THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL WITH PRESIDENT JEFFERSON STANDING INSIDE
THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL WITH PRESIDENT JEFFERSON STANDING INSIDE | Source
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SQUAD OF KOREAN VETS MOVING THROUGH THE FIELD
SQUAD OF KOREAN VETS MOVING THROUGH THE FIELD | Source
KOREAN VET MEMORIAL WALL REFLECTING POOL
KOREAN VET MEMORIAL WALL REFLECTING POOL | Source
KOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALL
KOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALL | Source
KOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALL.  NOTICE THE SHADOWS OF THE SOLDIER ETCHED INTO THE WALL
KOREAN WAR VETERAN MEMORIAL WALL. NOTICE THE SHADOWS OF THE SOLDIER ETCHED INTO THE WALL | Source
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LOOKING BACK AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT OVER THE REFLECTING POOL FROM WHERE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING GAVE HIS "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH
LOOKING BACK AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT OVER THE REFLECTING POOL FROM WHERE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING GAVE HIS "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH | Source
LEADING TO THE ELEVATOR AND A REALLY GREAT MEMORIAL DISPLAY.
LEADING TO THE ELEVATOR AND A REALLY GREAT MEMORIAL DISPLAY. | Source
GRANDSON GRAYSON AND WIFE MARY IN FROM OF LINCOLN MEMORIAL
GRANDSON GRAYSON AND WIFE MARY IN FROM OF LINCOLN MEMORIAL | Source
THREE VIETNAM VETS
THREE VIETNAM VETS | Source
THREE SOLDIERS FROM VIETNAM AND ME
THREE SOLDIERS FROM VIETNAM AND ME | Source
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL | Source
BOOK OF THE DEAD FROM VIETNAM WITH COLLEGE FRIEND FRED HAUGH'S NAME LISTED
BOOK OF THE DEAD FROM VIETNAM WITH COLLEGE FRIEND FRED HAUGH'S NAME LISTED | Source
SHE WAS NOT HAPPY I SUGGESTED WE LEAVE THE UMBRELLAS IN THE ROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WE GOT HERE. (she's never listened to me before, why did she start now?)
SHE WAS NOT HAPPY I SUGGESTED WE LEAVE THE UMBRELLAS IN THE ROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WE GOT HERE. (she's never listened to me before, why did she start now?) | Source
TRIP COMES TO A WET END
TRIP COMES TO A WET END | Source
HEADING HOME ON THE METRO
HEADING HOME ON THE METRO | Source

DAY 5 - Back To The National Mall

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A markerWashington Monument -
Washington Monument, 2 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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B markerThomas Jefferson Memorial -
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington, DC 20242, USA
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C markerFDR Memorial -
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1850 West Basin Drive Southwest, Washington, DC 20242, USA
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D markerWW I Memorial -
World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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E markerD.C. War Memorial -
DC War Memorial, 1900 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20245, USA
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F markerMartin Luther King Memorial -
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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G markerKorean War Veterans Memorial -
Korean War Veterans Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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H markerLincoln Memorial -
Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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I markerVietnam Veterans Memorial -
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC 20245, USA
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J markerSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History -
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Mall, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I love the hop on hop off trolley for getting around D.C. Next time you might include the National Cathedral, the Newseum, and the monuments by night. It's my favorite city in the world, but people tell me I only feel that way because I've never lived there. Sounds like a great trip. Atlanta to Washington by train is an over-night thing and is not too bad as long as nobody talks all night on their cell phone. (Yes, that happened!)


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My Esoteric 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

I haven't seen the Newseum or the Spy Museum myself yet, but then I lived there for 20 years. My wife has seen much less but hates the walking. We did use the walk on, walk off the last day, but walked off right into a rainstorm that wasn't supposed to be there, lol.

I had a singer/whistler sit down next to me the last 3 hours (6 am - 9 am) of the ride back, so I moved back to the club car and worked on hubpages some.


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Aunt Jimi 2 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

What a fantastic hub! Photos galore and an excellent guide of D.C. from someone who lived there. Your grandson is so lucky to have had you for a guide. I didn't know that about the name given to D. C. before. This is just a wealth of excellent photos and history. Going to share this. Everyone should read it.


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My Esoteric 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Thank you Aunt Jimi, I appreciate it.

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