Today was the 10 year anniversary of 911 and I was a tiny bit apprehensive about going back to D.C. but not enough to give up a day with my personal guide, Justin. Liz decided to stay home because we wore her out yesterday. We did do a lot of walking and the heat and humidity wares me out too.
Justin and I got a little later start today and headed out just after lunch following the same routine of driving to Vienna to catch the train in to D.C. He had the whole day planned out and it was a good thing I had my walking shoes on because we hit the ground walking and didn't stop until we caught the train back home. There was just too much to see! Our plan was to visit the National Mall and the various memorials the surround the Potomac River.
We walked by the White House. ... lots of security and some demonstrators. Justin pointed out there was one lady who is there everyday, 365 days a year, demonstrating again nuclear power. She must be really dedicated and independently wealthy to spend every day there.
There are several war memorials along the National Mall and Park and the first one we visited was the World War II Memorial.
So I've hit some of the major highlights n Washington D.C. but have barely scratch the service. Justin has done a great job of showing me around and I look forward to returning and seeing more. There is a different feeling just being near the Capitol. One gets the feeling of being energized and patriotic. More information is available and the information seems more in depth...not as water down as we get in the West.
I will be returning to Arizona in a few days to retrieve my motor home and head back to Reno for a while. On one hand I'm looking forward to the dry heat of Arizona and the turn of the season in Nevada. The humidity here is killing me. I don't know which is worse: dry heat at 105 degrees or 80 degrees with high humidity.