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Washington, DC Saturday June 23, and Sunday June 24, 2007

Saturday we caught up with Tim, Kory and Shelby during the day while Lee attended her conference. Ventured out to the Mall. First stop was the Air and Space museum. Of course Tim and Kory loved it.

Next stop was the National Gallery of Art. Believe it or not everybody loved it. I could spend a couple of days in this building alone. The sculptures and paintings are life like and the colors in the old paintings are vivid. It is quite a collection of art. Many objects of art dating to the 1400’s and 1500’s.

We rested for a while in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden around the fountain. In the winter this fountain becomes a skating rink.

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Decided to call it a day since we have several more days to see the various sights. Went back to Lee and Tim’s hotel and met up with Lee. I think Granny was the most excited today getting to see Kory and Shelby. I almost had her talked into staying on the road for another month, but there is one more in Gainesville that she needs to see, Jennie. So I guess we will stick to the original plan.

For dinner we joined my two nieces and my two great nieces for dinner. It is so nice and priceless meeting up with family that you don’t get to visit with very often. My great nieces sure are turning into young adults.

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Granny couldn’t resist, we took Shelby back to stay with us at the RV for the night.

Of course the only way to get around is the Metro. It takes about 60 minutes to ride from one end to the other and it just so happens that Lee and Tim are on the south end and Kathy and I are on the north end. Got back to the RV about 10:30.

Tomorrow we will hit the Mall again bright and early.

Sunday we left around 8 and met Tim and Kory at their hotel. We then ventured out as promised. First stop today was the National Archives. Visited the Navy Memorial on the way. Once at the Archives we waited in line to see original manuscripts Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta. Last week Kathy and I visited Philadelphia and Independence Hall, where the Declaration and the Constitution were written and signed. My knowledge is almost “smarter than a fifth grader” on questions about the American Revolution and the creation of these documents.

These documents are displayed in the rotunda of the National Archives building, which to say the least is a large area. Above the Declaration of Independence is a mural by Barry Faulkner depicting Thomas Jefferson presenting a draft of the Declaration to John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress.

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On the opposite wall above the Bill of Rights and the Amendments to the Constitution is another equally large mural by Barry Faulkner depicting James Madison offering the final draft of the Constitution to George Washington, President of the Constitutional Convention.

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Next we spent a couple of hours in the Museum of Natural History. The kids loved all of the exhibits. This was one of their favorites and they got to meet one of their oldest relatives!

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From here we went to the Old Post Office and had lunch in the food court. At least some of us had lunch.

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Then we took the elevator up the clock tower of the Old Post office and arrived on the 12th floor to a magnificent 360-degree view of Washington. And the best part is all of these things are free of charge.

After all of this walking we were tired and our feet were hurting. We went back to the hotel and rested by a nearby fountain in Crystal City.

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Later, Kathy and I loaded up both Kory and Shelby and brought them back to the RV to spend the night. In the morning we will meet up with Tim and go to the Spy Museum, this one has an admission fee but we are told it is warrants a visit.

Posted by popding 04:17

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What great pictures of our family. Let me know how the spy museum is as I have been wanting to see it for some time. It was really great seeing all of you. I told Wayne we have to start making plans to come down and see all of you in Florida.

by annieding

see i told you i have been looking at this. it was soo great to see everyone. and i love the picture of the family. i hope i can come down and see you soon! love you!

by stephooo

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